For a wide selection of beachwear, local crafts, cheesy souvenirs, and batik clothing, try Mulatta on the main road, 3 blocks from the entrance to the park. Heading north out of town, similar wares are offered at the Cahuita Tours gift shop. Also, local and itinerant artisans in makeshift stands near the park entrance sell handmade jewelry and crafts.

If you’re interested in the region, pick up a copy of Paula Palmer’s book “What Happen: A Folk-History of Costa Rica’s Talamanca Coast,” based on interviews with many of the area’s oldest residents. It’s a fun and interesting read, and you just might meet someone mentioned in the book.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.