Village Layout

Cahuita only has about eight, mostly dirt streets. The highway runs parallel to the coast, with three main access roads running perpendicular. The northernmost of these bypasses town and brings you to the northern end of Playa Negra. It’s marked with signs for the Magellan Inn and other hotels. The second road takes you to the southern end of Playa Negra, about 1km (a half-mile) closer to town. The third road is the principal entrance into town. The village’s main street, parallel to the highway, dead-ends at the national park entrance (a footbridge over a small stream).

Buses drop their passengers off at a bus terminal at the back of a small strip mall on the main entrance road into town. Cabs will be waiting to take you to the lodges on Playa Negra. Or you can walk north on the street that runs between Coco’s Bar and the small park. This road curves to the left and continues 1.6km (1 mile) or so out to Playa Negra.

The police station (tel. 2755-0217) is located where the road from Playa Negra turns into town. You’ll find the post office (tel. 2755-0096), as well as a well-equipped pharmacy, Farmacia Cahuita (tel. 2755-0505), and a bank with an ATM in the small strip mall in front of the bus station. If you can’t find a cab, ask your hotel to call you one.

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