Caribbean Region of Costa Rica
Consisting of wild rainforests and lush landscapes, Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast is a beach lover's dream. Distanced from the rest of the country, this region of Costa Rica boasts some of the most gorgeous white sand coconut tree lined beaches known to mankind. A diverse region with inland rainforests that stretch right up to the coastline, the Caribbean expanse of Costa Rica has beautiful swampy lagoons to the north and is bordered by the towering Talamanca Mountains to the south.
Consisting of roughly 125 miles between the borders of Panama and Nicaragua, Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast lies inside of the Limon province. First discovered by Christopher Columbus who landed here in 1502, this province is one of the least traveled areas of the country. Normally hot and humid throughout the year, this part of Costa Rica receives the highest amount of rainfall, with major downpours taking place between May and August and once again in between December and January.
One of the lushest regions in Costa Rica Limon offers tourists a variety of activities to enjoy from outstanding diving opportunities to awesome surf breaks, spectacular sportfishing and a tremendous area to explore nature. Home to the Tortuguero National Park famous for its turtle nesting and the Cahuita National Park, Limon also home to the last remaining indigenous Indian tribes of Costa Rica namely the Bribri, Cocles and Talamanca Cabecarv communities.
To get to Puerto Limon, the capital of Limon, from San Jose, take Highway 32 also known as the Guapiles Highway that connects this region to the rest of the country. A major banana port until recently, Puerto Limon is a melting pot of Costa Rica's Afro-Caribbean culture. An interesting city to tour or call home, be sure to visit Puerto Limon during carnival when this town turns into a party destination.