There are a number of different options for getting to Playa Negra Guesthouse in Cahuita:
Playa Negra Guesthouse is located at Playa Negra (Black Beach), Cahuita, Limon on the southern part of the Caribbean sea. Cahuita is a small town and its laid back atmosphere, beaches, cultural mix and proximity to Cahuita National Park make it a popular destination for visitors to the region.
The Atlantic coast offers unspoiled beaches, forested mountains, coconut palms and pineapple and banana plantations. The wild beauty of the area and cultural diversity make the Caribbean an alternative destination for those wishing to avoid the more touristy areas of the country. Limon is the least populated province of Costa Rica and the slow pace makes this a great place to relax, swim, sunbathe, and snorkel off beautiful white and black sand beaches. The ethnic mix of the Limon province is comprised of African Caribbeans who make up one third of the population and the indigenous communities of the Bribi living in the foothills of the Talamanca mountains. There is also a large Chinese population. It is the cultural influence of these ethnic groups which adds to the flavour of the Caribbean zone.
Cahuita National Park is the primary destination for the majority of visitors who come to enjoy the tropical vegetation, coral reef, and the white sand beaches of the park or to hike the 7 kilometre (4 mile) nature trail. The park is teeming with wildlife including monkeys, sloths, armadillos, caimans and iguanas. Bird life abounds and hikers may spot green ibis, herons, kingfishers and toucans.
Cahuita is all about eco-tourism. Your hosts can direct you to trustworthy local agents who can provide snorkelling tours off the coral reefs, horseback riding, surfing lessons, kayaking, fishing expeditions, dolphin tours, visits to Indian reserves and a sloth sanctuary and nature walks in the national park.
Map Route : San José Airport to Cahuita
If you are driving to Playa Negra Guesthouse you should take the Limon highway #32 from downtown San José. The drive takes approximately 3½ to 4 hours, depending on weather conditions and traffic.
GPS coordinates are: LAT (N) 09:44:473 LON (W) 082:51:033.
The first part of the trip takes you through the mountains of the Braulio Carrillo National Park which offers stunning vistas but can often be rainy or foggy so drive with caution.
The second part of the trip is through scenic lowlands where you will see banana and pineapple plantations. At the outskirts of Limon you will see a sign for Cahuita and Puerto Viejo.
Turn right at the Texaco station and continue for 45 minutes heading south along a scenic route that runs adjacent to the Caribbean Sea.
Turn left at the main entrance to Cahuita. At the corner of the "CoCo's bar", turn left onto Cahuita's main street. Continue for three blocks. At the Police Station turn left and drive for one kilometre. After the football field and the Atlantida hotel you will see the Playa Negra Guesthouse facing the beach.
On arrival give us a call on the intercom located at the central gate where we have our sign.
There are various ways of getting to Cahuita. You may rent a car from one of the major international car rental agencies either from San José International airport or one of their downtown locations. Bookings may be made on-line through the agency reservation system.
The most economical way of getting from San José to Cahuita is by bus departing from the "Atlantico Norte" bus station daily at 06:00, 10:00, noon, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm. The trip takes about four hours. You should buy your ticket in advance if travelling on the weekend, holiday or during the peak tourist season.
We can offer you the service of having a reliable driver known to the guesthouse, meet you at the airport on arrival and drive you directly to the bus station. He will pre-purchase your bus tickets for a departure closest to your scheduled arrival time. The rate for this service is $57 for 2 persons, $10 for each additional passenger.
To reserve this service please let us know your arrival time, flight number and airline. Payment is made directly to the driver.
We can also reserve for you transportation on Interbus (hotel to hotel shared van service). You will be picked up at your hotel in San José and taken directly to Playa Negra Guesthouse. There is a fixed schedule departing San José daily at 07:50 and the fare is $50 per person one way (4 hour drive). This service is also available to and from Fortuna/Arenal at $60 per person one way. Interbus departs La Fortuna dai ly at 06:30 am and from Cahuita to Fortuna at 11:00 am (6 hour drive).
Please contact us if you would like to reserve the shared van service between San José/Arenal and Cahuita.
Bus : San José Bus Station: "Atlántico Norte" (MEPE)
Terminal Atlántico Norte (B point on map)
New Address: Avenida 9, Calle 12, Barrio México
Map shows how to go from old bus station "Los Caribeños" (A) to the new bus station "Atlántico Norte" (B)
Schedule (San José - Cahuita)
Schedule (Cahuita - San José)
Price: 4.670 (San José - Cahuita) colones (aprox: $ 9 USD | 7,00 Euros)
UPDATED APRIL 2014
San José bus info: (+506) 2257-81-29 | Puerto Viejo bus info: (+506) 2750-00-23
Another hassle-free alternative is to have a private driver pick you up at San José airport and take you directly to Playa Negra Guesthouse. This service allows you to avoid spending the night in San José and provides a large ten passenger van with no luggage restrictions. The cost is between $160-220 one way. Reserve here for private driver transportation option from the airport to Playa Negra Guesthouse.
Interbus Shuttle Service
* Kids = 50% only.
Combined Shuttle/River Rafting Transportation Option
Another exciting transportation option is to enjoy a unique experience spending the day rafting on the Pacuare River. Our rafting partner will pick you at 06:00 at your San José or La Fortuna hotel and then drive you to their base in Siquirres where you will be served breakfast before setting out on your rafting expedition. At mid day you will stop for lunch and then continue rafting. Your luggage will be safely stored until your return late afternoon when you can take a shower and change into dry clothes. The van will then take you to Playa Negra Guesthouse, arriving at approximately 6:00 pm.
This tour is also available when departing Cahuita on your way to Fortuna or San José.
The price of this tour is $99 per person, including transportation, rafting, breakfast and lunch.
Please let us know if you would like to take this combined rafting/transportation option.