Cahuita

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Cahuita
Main street in Cahuita
Main street in Cahuita
Cahuita district
Cahuita district location in Costa Rica
Cahuita district location in Costa Rica
Cahuita
Cahuita district location in Costa Rica
Coordinates: 9°40′47″N 82°46′20″W / 9.6797786°N 82.7722403°W / 9.6797786; -82.7722403Coordinates: 9°40′47″N 82°46′20″W / 9.6797786°N 82.7722403°W / 9.6797786; -82.7722403
Country Costa Rica
ProvinceLimón
CantonTalamanca
Creation19 February 1970
Government
 • TypeDemocratic
 • SyndicAdenyl Guillermo Peralta Cruz (PLN)
 • Substitutle syndicvacant
Area
 • Total234.6 km2 (90.6 sq mi)
Elevation
4 m (13 ft)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total8,293
 • Density35/km2 (92/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−06:00
Postal code
70403

Cahuita is a district of the Talamanca canton, in the Limón province of Costa Rica.[1][2] It is located on the Caribbean coast.

History[edit]

Cahuita was created on 19 February 1970 by Decreto Ejecutivo 13.[2]

Geography[edit]

Cahuita has an area of 234.6 km²[3] and an elevation of 4 metres.[1]

Locations[edit]

  • Poblados: Buenavista (Katuir), Bordón, Carbón, Carbón 1, Carbón 2, Catarata, Cocles, Comadre, Dindirí, Gibraltar, Hone Creek, Hotel Creek, Kekoldi, Limonal, Manzanillo, Mile Creek, Patiño, Playa Chiquita, Puerto Viejo, Punta Caliente, Punta Cocles, Punta Mona, Punta Uva, Tuba Creek (Parte).

Manzanillo[edit]

Manzanillo is a village located just outside the Jairo Mora Sandoval Gandoca-Manzanillo Mixed Wildlife Refuge, at the end of Route 256.[4] Manzanillo is situated south of Puerto Limon in Limón Province on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast. The main attraction of this tiny town is its white sand beach lined with palm trees.[5][6]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19731,545
19842,52163.2%
20005,331111.5%
20118,29355.6%

Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos[7]
Centro Centroamericano de Población[8]

For the 2011 census, Cahuita had a population of 8,293 inhabitants. [9]

Culture[edit]

Due to its proximity to the Caribbean shoreline, Cahuita is renowned for Afro-Caribbean influence on dining and local culture. The city is specifically known for its beaches, dessert crepes (often including local bananas, strawberries, and chocolate), and variations of grilled chicken.

The town is also home to Walter Gavitt Ferguson Byfield or Walter Ferguson (singer-songwriter), the "King of Calypso," born in 1919 and still active. His 100th birthday in 2019 was declared National Calypso Day by Costa Rica's Vice President.

Tourism[edit]

The Playa Negra (Black Beach) and Cahuita National Park are close to town. Limón is north of Cahuita. Puerto Viejo is the next town south. [10]

The main access of Jairo Mora Sandoval Gandoca-Manzanillo Mixed Wildlife Refuge is located in this district, in the Manzanillo village.

Transportation[edit]

Road transportation[edit]

The district is covered by the following road routes:

Cahuita is served by Route 36, which connects Puerto Limón to Sixaola. Many roads in Cahuita are composed of dirt, gravel, and stone, often making it necessary for foreign visitors to rent a 4WD vehicle to reach local beaches and hotels on the northern fringes of town.

Climate[edit]

Cahuita has a tropical climate. Temperatures remain consistent during the year. Sunrise and sunset change very little during the year (about 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM, respectively). Limón International Airport is nearby and has similar average temperatures and precipitation.

Climate data for Limon International Airport, Costa Rica
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 80
(27)
80
(27)
82
(28)
83
(28)
83
(28)
83
(28)
82
(28)
82
(28)
84
(29)
83
(28)
81
(27)
80
(27)
81.9
(27.7)
Average low °F (°C) 71
(22)
71
(22)
72
(22)
73
(23)
75
(24)
75
(24)
74
(23)
74
(23)
75
(24)
75
(24)
73
(23)
72
(22)
73.3
(22.9)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 12.56
(319)
7.90
(201)
7.61
(193)
11.30
(287)
11.08
(281)
10.87
(276)
16.06
(408)
11.37
(289)
6.42
(163)
7.80
(198)
14.45
(367)
15.81
(402)
133.23
(3,384)
Source: Weather Underground [11]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Declara oficial para efectos administrativos, la aprobación de la División Territorial Administrativa de la República N°41548-MGP". Sistema Costarricense de Información Jurídica (in Spanish). 19 March 2019. Retrieved 26 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b División Territorial Administrativa de la República de Costa Rica (PDF) (in Spanish). Editorial Digital de la Imprenta Nacional. 8 March 2017. ISBN 978-9977-58-477-5.
  3. ^ "Área en kilómetros cuadrados, según provincia, cantón y distrito administrativo". Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Anon. (2015) Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge – Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. Anywhere Costa Rica. Accessed 2015-12-31.
  5. ^ Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. The Costa Rica Tourism and Travel Bureau. Accessed 2015-12-31.
  6. ^ Snorkeling in Costa Rica. Best place to snorkel in Costa Rica
  7. ^ "Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos" (in Spanish).
  8. ^ "Sistema de Consulta de a Bases de Datos Estadísticas". Centro Centroamericano de Población (in Spanish).
  9. ^ "Censo. 2011. Población total por zona y sexo, según provincia, cantón y distrito". Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07y8pgj
  11. ^ "Weather for Limon International Airport". Weather Underground.