Looking for a beach holiday away from the tourist crowds? Consider Costa Rica's Parque Nacional Cahuita on the Caribbean coast.
Take your pick of white or black sandy beaches beneath swaying palm trees and surrounded by a chilled-out vibe.
Best Breakfast or Lunch Cafe: Café Y Delicias, run by a Costa Rican-French family.
Best Dinner: Italian Restaurant (near the Police Station). Ask about their chic apartment suites above the restaurant available for multi-night stays.
Best Transport to get to Cahuita: Interbus Shuttle
Best Walk: Follow the sandy tracks of the Coastal Trail. Its trailhead starts from Playa Blanca, the pubic beach and continues as a string of four separate tracks that follow the beach around a 1,101 hectare peninsula.
For more off-the-beaten-track travel advice, Dust in My Pack offers a load of suggestions grouped by interest. http://www.bynancyohare.com/dust-in-my-pack.html
Photo credits to Chad O'Hare
Explorer of all seven continents on a quest to find the essence of lesser-visited destinations.