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Travel Guide to Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica

Map of the Area

  • 125 miles (200 km) long
  • average between 25–34˚C (77–93˚F)
  • UTC (GMT) -6 hrs
  • The Costa Rica Colon (CRC) ₡575.75 = $1 USD.
  • Spanish
  • Limon Province (2011) 386,862
  • 10°27′48″N 84°42′12″W

General Information About Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica

Calero and Brava Islands, Rio Colorado, Tortuguero, Parismina, Pacuare, Limon, Quiribri Island...

On the North Caribbean Coast Limón city is the touristic center. However, green turtle’s nesting on Tortuguero National Park and bass', shad’s and other species’ sport fishing at Barra del Colorado National Wild Life Refugee represent the main attraction of the region. It is complimented with the river channel’s system, which connects Moin Port with Barra del Colorado, and has become a singular attraction and the only way of transportation. The Southern Caribbean coast shows a country-unique combination of beaches, natural resources and afro American culture in Cahuíta, Puerto Viejo and Gandoca Manzanillo. Cahuíta National Park and Gandoca Manzanillo Reserve are worldwide recognized, not only because of their natural beauty but because they are becoming unique conservation places in almost the whole Caribbean.

Costa Rica Caribbean Coast -Travel Guide - Tropical Discovery

Main attractions in the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica

Costa Rica's natural attractions, wildlife and reputation for enlightened conservation draw tourists from all over the world. 20 natural parks, 8 biological reserves, and a series of protected areas that captivate ecotourism lovers can be found throughout the country.

Not only is Costa Rica a country filled with beautiful beaches on both coasts, it also offers the interested visitor a large variety of other attractions as well as cultural and adventure activities. Please find below a selection of points of interests for this particular region.


Limón is one of seven provinces in Costa Rica. The province covers an area of 9,189 km², and has a population of 386,862.

The majority of its territory is situated in the country's Caribbean lowlands, though the southwestern portion houses part of an extensive mountain range known as the Cordillera de Talamanca. The province shares its northern border with Nicaragua via the Río San Juan, its western borders with the provinces of Heredia, Cartago, and Puntarenas, and its southern border with Panama via the Río Sixaola. Within the province there are six cantons, or counties, which include Pococí, Guácimo, Siquirres, Matina, Limón, and Talamanca. Each cantón has several local districts.

Limón is one of the most culturally diverse of Costa Rica's provinces, housing a significant Afro-Caribbean and indigenous population. Several languages (Spanish, Limón Creole) are spoken, and due mainly to its cultural ties to the Caribbean islands, dishes like rice and beans are ubiquitous throughout the province, along with reggae, calypso, and soca music.

The capital is Puerto Limón, and other important cities include Siquirres, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, and Guápiles.

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