Caribbean Coast

Caribbean Coast

Things to do - general

Once a completely isolated frontier land, the eastern-most province of Limon was given a breath of life after the establishment of a seaport at Puerto Limon on the central coast. In 1867, authorities decided that an Atlantic port was needed to export bananas from the region’s booming plantations to markets around the world. As the story goes, a solitary lemon (limón in Spanish) tree was growing at the proposed site and gave the port its name. The consequent establishment of Puerto Limon and construction of a railway to San Jose opened a near-abandoned province to the rest of the country. While the railroad no longer exists, the paved Guapiles Highway (Hwy 32) provides easy access, linking the Caribbean to the rest of the country.

Traveling north from Limon, forlorn Caribbean beaches and exotic nature reserves beckon adventurous travelers to explore areas often overlooked beauty and wildlife. The smooth alluvial plain, which extends westward from the Atlantic coast to the mountain ranges of Costa Rica’s heartland, provides an ideal location for the villages that dot Highway 32’s descend from the Central Highlands. Banana plantations envelop much of the surrounding terrain, as do thick rainforests, which grow in density with every step northward. The region’s climate is undoubtedly sustained by Costa Rica’s highest annual rainfall averages. It’s no wonder that some of the most ecologically diverse parks in the country are located in Limon’s northeast (Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre, Barra del Colorado, and Parque Nacional Tortuguero.) Here, swampland encompasses such an immense area that parks such as Tortuguero are only accessible by plane or motorboat.

Rains are spawned by trade winds off the Caribbean, and they fuel the dense forests that give sanctuary to the region’s diverse flora and fauna. These Atlantic fronts, referred to as “temporales del Atlantico,” often last for days, especially during the rainy season, which stretches from mid April through December. Here, humidity is more pronounced as a result of heavy and moist air that hovers over the Caribbean Sea. However, in spite of the storm fronts that whisk over the region, Limon is frequented by enough pleasant sunshine to forgive the rain. In fact, the months of February and March may be spared of rainfall altogether. The dry season often experiences weeklong periods devoid of a single drop.

Hotel El Encanto

Hotel El Encanto

Cahuita, Limón, Costa Rica, Cahuita
El Encanto is a small charming beach hotel located within 5 minutes walking distance from the Cahuit More info
Hotel La Diosa

Hotel La Diosa

Cahuita, Limon, Costa Rica, Cahuita
Cahuita is a great place to get in some beach time. Playa Negra has black sand and is near good swim More info
Hotel Magellan Inn

Hotel Magellan Inn

Cahuita, Limón, Costa Rica, Cahuita
Cahuita is popular amongst the young and footloose. The town exudes a free-spirited charm, and lies More info
Playa Negra Guesthouse

Playa Negra Guesthouse

Cahuita, Limón, Costa Rica, Cahuita
Welcome to Playa Negra Guesthouse, Black Beach, Cahuita. Come and enjoy all the amazing things that More info
Suizo Loco Lodge

Suizo Loco Lodge

Cahuita.Limon, Costa Rica, Cahuita
The hotel is located outside of Cahuita, 3km from the village and only 20 minutes walking from the b More info

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