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The Southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is lined with picture-perfect beaches of yellow sand and swaying palm trees. The clear, turquoise water welcomes swimmers, sunbathers, surfers, and snorkelers. The Caribbean coast has missed the boom of tourist development that has happened elsewhere in Costa Rica, therefore it continues to remain a pristine off the beaten path destination with a unique culture of its own.

Stretching along the Caribbean Coast, the province of Limon is considered to be one of the most lush and pristine regions of Costa Rica. Roughly 125 miles of shoreline between Nicaragua and Panama boast picturesque white-sand beaches lined with coconut trees for an ultimate tropical paradise.

As one of the country's most geographically diverse regions, Limon features everything from mangrove wetlands to stunning mountains.

Limon was first "discovered" by Christopher Columbus in 1502. The legend says that while observing this unknown land for the first time from his sailboat, Columbus said: “Que costa mas rica” (What a rich coast), and this where the name of the country comes from. Despite this, Limon remains as one of the least traveled regions in Costa Rica, allowing for exploration of untouched prehistoric rainforests and unmatched pristine beauty compared with the rest of the country.

It is also well worth mentioning, that this region of Costa Rica has great Caribbean cuisine.

Caribbean Coast: Quick Facts

  • Closest Airport: Limon airport (20min flight from SJO)

  • Best Weather: September and October

  • Activity Highlights: Beach, Wildlife, and Culture

  • Major Destinations: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Tortuguero, Cahuita

Here are some of the reasons to visit the Carribean Coast:

  • The vibe – Caribbean coast has a vibe like no other region of Costa Rica

  • Snorkelling – Amazing coral reefs with abundant sea life

  • Surfing – Puerto Viejo is the mecca for all the surfers and home to a famous Salsa Brava, one of the biggest breaks in Costa Rica.

  • Culture – Unique fusion of colourful and laid back culture that this area has to offer

  • Indigenous Villages – visit indigenous villages in the Bribri for a insight into another world

  • Wildlife viewing – you see plenty of wildlife just by driving a bike from Cocles to Punta Uva

  • Beaches –choose the white beach, black beach, yellow beach, beach with waves or beach with calm and crystal waters - everything is within a short distance

  • Cahuita National Park – There are 9km of fantastic hiking trails within the park with abundant wildlife as well as pristine white sand beach

  • Puerto Viejo (de Talamanca) – more than 60 nationalities live in Puerto Viejo, the diversity of a restaurants is like in no other place in Costa Rica, and it is mecca for vegans, surfers and nature lovers

  • Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge – The relaxed village of Manzanillo is encompassed within the wildlife refuge. Regulations on building and development mean this little town has resisted any major developments and preserved its unique vibe.

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