US Airways offers connecting flights from all three Washington area airports to San Jose, Costa Rica. Delta offers connecting flights from Reagan National and BWI Marshall. Once in San Jose, your best bet is to rent a car. Budget, Alamo and National all offer week-long rentals of economy cars at rates starting around $150. The drive to Cahuita from the San Jose airport takes three to four hours.
WHERE TO STAY
A friendly German couple rents out wooden bungalows in a lovely garden setting just on the edge of town. Bungalows start at $50.
Hotel La Casa de las Flores
Simple but comfortable hotel with 10 rooms starting at $80, with breakfast.
WHERE TO EAT
50 yards east of the police station
The place to go for such tasty Caribbean staples as jerk chicken and lobster with coconut curry. Entrees start at $6.
Sobre Las Olas
Romantic oceanfront restaurant offering delicious seafood and pasta dishes. Entrees start at $11.
WHAT TO DO
Cahuita National Park
The Kelly Creek Ranger Station is at the southern end of Cahuita. From there, you can explore the five-mile trail that runs along the coast, ending at the Puerto Vargas Ranger Station on the other side of the park. No formal entrance fee, but donations are expected and appreciated. The park closes at 4 p.m. on weekdays, 5 p.m. on weekends.
Cahuita Main Road
Arranges snorkeling trips, deep-sea fishing excursions and other water-based activities. Prices vary by activity; a three-hour snorkeling trip costs $60 per person, including equipment.