The Caribbean province is a natural paradise, formed by a combination of dense jungles, imposing mountains, and secluded white-sand beaches. Limon has the highest percentage of protected land in Costa Rica, as well as a wide variety of flora and fauna. Its vegetation is exuberant, as are the cultures meeting throughout the province.
The road to Limon from San Jose crosses the majestic Braulio Carrillo National Park. At this point begins a beautiful journey to the lowlands of the Caribbean. A significant change in temperature and landscape can be experienced. Perhaps the most exuberant region of Limon is Tortuguero National Park, in the north part of the province. A vast extension of protected land and the most important of the Atlantic coast of the American continent, for the spawning of the green turtle.
The city of Limon is the point of arrival for visitors. It is a port, which is essential in Costa Rica’s economic life, and the greatest living example of the multicultural meeting experienced in this region throughout history. Traveling south, at an hour’s distance, we find Cahuita, a typical Caribbean villa. This town has become “a must” for tourists, for it represents the essence of a culture, and the beauty of Cahuita National Park, which protects an important expanse of coral reefs.
The quiet waters in this spot are a plus for those lovers of snorkeling. The underwater scenery is marvelous, with a wide chain of coral reefs, composed of different types of coral and occupied by an immense variety of tropical fish. Another important point in the Caribbean province is Puerto Viejo, barely 30 minutes from Cahuita. In this town, you can breathe the profound respect for the cultural identity of its people. A combination of music, beaches, and food, so characteristic of the place, are the elements attracting thousands of tourists year by year.
Along the coastal area, travelers find a good number of options for lodging. The vast majority of hotels and cabins are small and formed of traditional Bungalows, a very particular type of construction of the Caribbean. Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge is located just at the end of the coastline, almost at the border with Panama. This refuge protects almost 4500 hectares of beaches and sea, for the spawning of 4 species of turtles.
In Manzanillo, you may rent kayaks and glide through the gentle mangroves in search of birds and reptiles characteristic of the area. The province of Limon possesses a unique culture in Costa Rica, a way of life that may be fully appreciated during the traditional carnivals held each year, an experience of rhythms, and euphoric and captivating colors.