Take Dara’s word for it:
I fell in love with the Carribbean coast of Costa Rica during my first visit 12 years ago. This summer I returned with my daughter and an SUV rental with the intention of travelling throughout Costa Rica. Three weeks later I barely made it out of Cahuita. What’s to love? The jungle. Rich with sound color and scents, howler monkeys, hibiscus flowers, and long stretches of black beaches. The people. You will find a mix of Afro-Carribean, Rasta, Bribri Indigineous, Mestizo, Surfers and International lovers of the relaxed lifestyle. Everything. The Goddess Garden is located down a long stretch of unpaved road, the perfect mix of luxury (pool, spa, beach access, incredible healthy meals) and adventure (monkeys, monsoon rains, jungle). In a perfect blend of sychronicities, as I stood on the hardwood floors of the Goddess Garden studio, between the statues of divine feminine and divine masculine, eyes closed, heart open, the jungle symphony playing in the background, I just knew. This is Sacred. This is you. You’ll love it.
Or from The Goddess Garden Website:
The Goddess Garden Yoga Teacher Training and Retreat Center is located in the town of Cahuita, a small community in the south of Costa Rica, 40 km south of Puerto Limon. Cahuita National Park is the main attraction here, where you can watch White Faced Monkeys, Howler monkeys, Iguanas and more, just a few steps away from its white sand beach.
We are 20km away from Puerto Viejo, where you may find boutiques filled with local handycrafts, its black beach or the famous Salsa Brava and 5 minutes away, the white beach of Cocles, a surfer paradise. 10km further south you will enjoy the beautifull bay of Punta Uva and where the roads ends, starts Gandoca with the little fisher town of Manzanillo and its breath taking white beaches.
Cahuita’s ethnic base is of Jamaican origin but you can find Italians, Germans, Swiss, and North-Americans. As a result of this melange, there is a great variety of good restaurants along the small unpaved streets of what seems more like a village than a town in the eye of a tourist.
Or according to the Lonely Planet Travel Guide:
Even as tourism has mushroomed on Costa Rica’s southern coast, Cahuita has managed to hold onto its laid-back Caribbean vibe. The roads are made of dirt, many of the older houses rest on stilts and chatty neighbors still converse in Mekatelyu. A graceful black-sand beach and a chilled-out demeanor hint at a not-so-distant past, when the area was little more than just a string of cacao farms.
Cahuita proudly claims the area’s first permanent Afro-Caribbean settler – a turtle fisherman named William Smith, who moved his family to Punta Cahuita in 1828. Now his descendants, along with those of so many other West Indian immigrants, run the backyard eateries and brightly painted bungalows that hug this idyllic stretch of coast