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How to get there?
From San Jose, take the highway to Guapiles (route #32) and keep on this road until you get to Puerto Limon. This road passes through the Braulio Carrillo National Park and under the Zurqui tunnel, which divides the Caribbean and Pacific slopes.

The zone of the Caribbean, where Limon is located, has plenty of vegetation of the tropical rainforest because of its high rainfall rates. Unlike the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, this region remains evergreen all throughout the year.

Limon was founded in 1870 and extends over a territory of plains and coasts. Its beaches have white sand and are surrounded by palm trees that give splendid shade to its visitors.

The current residents of this area are mainly descendants of Afro-Caribbean workers that came from Caribbean islands such as Jamaica and Haiti. They were brought here for the construction of the Atlantic railway and to work in the first banana plantations. In Puerto Limon they share the territory with the white culture and also with many Asian descendants.

This zone has been dedicated to agriculture for over 100 years; when the American company Boston Fruit Company along with the businessman Minor C. Keith combined the banana plantations with railway transportation. This is how the well-known United Fruit Company started, which later bought very large territories for its cultivations that were exported later to the United States.

Limon is currently home to the largest banana production of the country, being the second major exporter. The harbor has a very high traffic of containers that are shipped all over the world.

In front of the harbor you will see Isla Uvita, place of great historical 
importance because in September 18th, 1502, Christopher Columbus came to this island. He stopped here to fix his ship and named the island La Huerta (The Orchard).

In the beaches of Portete and Bonita, located between Playa Moin and Punta Piuta, there are very strong waves that surfers from all around the world enjoy, making this site very popular among them.

Puerto Limon has a colorful architecture, typical of the Caribbean culture, and also many places where you can buy all types of items, from clothing to souvenirs.

You can clearly see the cultural heritage represented in old buildings, like the Black Star Line. It was built in 1922 and used to be a branch office of the United Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), led by the black activist Marcus Garvey. It was restored for its preservation.

This building has a hall named the Liberty Hall, which is used for the celebration of many activities. The first crowning of the queen of the civic feasts of Limon took place in 1949, festivities that are nowadays called Carnivals of Limon.

Once a year these carnivals are celebrated to honor Columbuss arrival to America and commemorate the Day of the Cultures, on October 12th. These festivities extend for over a week, from October 7th to October 16th. Krewes, food stands and Caribbean music take over the streets, attracting visitors from different cities of Costa Rica.

Other sites of interest are the Central Marketplace, the Pension Costa Rica (Costa Rica Lodge) where you can stay and the Vargas Park. Theres also a long pier that goes down the coast all the way to the Tony Facio Hospital, which is very popular for its panoramic view of the coast. From here you can see Isla Uvita and the cruises that anchor in the dock.

Towards the north, in the protected areas of Barra del Colorado and Tortuguero, you can find large mangrove swamps as well as channel systems where many boats travel every day and from where you can appreciate the rich biodiversity of the region. This place is where many sea turtles like green, leatherback, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles come to lay their eggs.

In the town of Barra del Colorado there is a landing strip that eases the access for all visitors. There are no roads here; therefore this area can only be reached by boat or plane.

Accommodations and gastronomy
Limon has a great variety of places to stay, either in the towns that are close to the highway to Guapiles or in Puerto Limon. There are hotels with simple but comfortable rooms, as well as other ones that include breakfast in their rates for a higher price. There are no large hotel chains in this area.

In Limon you can find many bars and restaurants. The influence of different countries, like Spain, Jamaica, Italy, and the French Antilles have added flavors and cuisine styles to the food of this region.

You can find typical Costa Rican dishes with a hint of coconut flavor. Limon has a large variety of Caribbean dishes; the most famous one is the rice n beans, which is a variation of the typical gallo pinto (rice with beans) with a slightly different taste that is mouth-watering.

In direction to Tortuguero (heading north) there are only a few restaurants and places to stay because the river channel net hasnt allowed the construction of roads.

Brisas de la Jungla (Botanical Gardens, Hanging Bridges, Canopy, Private Biologial Reserves)
Were located in Blanco River, a small community in Limon, 20 minutes away from the city.

Brisas de la Jungla was born because of the abundant wildlife that lies within its boundaries. When Rafael Calderon, owner and creator first (...)
Where to go?
Braulio Carrillo National Park
It is part of the Central Volcanic Mountain Range and its conservation area. The Braulio Carrillo (...)
Barbilla National Park
Due to its physiographic and weather characteristics, is shows a great biological diversity, and (...)
Matina Pacuare Forest Reserve
The Matina Pacuare Forest Reserve protects a sector from the beach where the different turtle (...)
Pacuare River Forest Reserve
The Pacuare River Forest Reserve protects forests typical of the Atlantic zone. It also has a (...)
Portete Beach
It is a small creek where you can find an exuberant coral reef, which amazing beauty attracts (...)
Negra (Cahuita) Beach
There is abundant vegetation, tropical rainforest at the northern part of Playa Negra. It is (...)
Negra (Puerto Viejo) Beach
There is also a river mouth from the Ro Carbn (Carbn River) here, serving as a natural (...)
Pirikiki Beach
This beach is surrounded by dense rainforest vegetation as well as coconut trees that are (...)
Bonita Beach
It is at the south section of the beach that you can observe a rocky formation called Punta (...)
Vargas Park Historical sites
The Governor of Limon, Balvanero Vargas, was able to convince ship captains to bring him tropical (...)
Port Captaincy Historical sites
The style has Afro-Caribbean and Antillean influences similar to the buildings made by the United (...)
Old Office of the United Fruit Co. Historical sites
The style of the offices of the United Fruit Co. was the same in all its enclaves. Their design (...)
Ingiana Rosito Historical sites
Why that odd name? It seems that back in 1911 three brothers of Italian descent surnamed Ingiana (...)
Old Movie Theater Acon Historical sites
The popular baths became a movie theater. Ramon Acon Leon bought the land and in 1947 built an (...)
Municipal Marketplace Historical sites
For Limon to become a stable city, this market was built in 1893. Almost 40 years later it was (...)
Post Office and Telegraphs Historical sites
Its structure is made of brick and an iron frame. It combines neo-colonial, neo-classical and Art (...)
Cathedral Historical sites
The first Catholic church of Limon was built in 1892. During the Vicariate it was managed by the (...)
Black Star Line Historical sites
This building is more than just a green old house in the center of Limon; it is the most important (...)
Baptist Missionary House Historical sites
In 1871, with the construction of the railway to the Atlantic, many workers from British colonies (...)
Lodge House Historical sites
The purpose of its creation was to have a place where people could gather and grow intellectually (...)
Cutwater Historical sites
The sea flooded the city all the way into the Municipal Marketplace, which is why the Governor (...)
Old Patios of the Railway Historical sites
During the government of Tomas Guardia, in 1871, a contract was signed for building the railway to (...)
The Pension Costa Rica Historical sites
The influences of the French neo-classical style are evident in this 3-story pension with its (...)
Paseo Cristal (Crystal Walk) Historical sites
It is a corner building created by Cesar Rivaflecha in the first decade of the XX century. Its (...)
Lighthouse of Quiribri Island Historical sites
He didnt land but fell in love with a small island (6 hectares, less than 1 km long and 300 m (...)
Sculpture of Pablo Presbere Historical sites
More than 350 years ago, Pablo Presbere was the most feared warrior of Talamanca. Its believed (...)
Bust of Simon Bolivar Historical sites
The Liberator is the title given to this Venezuelan who fought to emancipate America from the (...)
Bust of Christopher Columbus (1451) Historical sites
When he was 41 years old, he went to the Queen Elizabeth for the financing of his project. On (...)
Bust of Balvanero Vargas Molina Historical sites
During his management he was able to build the cutwater, installed the pipe system, filled the main (...)
Gandoca Beach
At its south section you will find the river mouth of the Ro Sixaola, which serves as a (...)
Moin Beach
It is accompanied by dense rainforest vegetation. There is a lagoon called Laguna Mon as (...)
Vizcaya Beach
The Vizcaya River (Ro Vizcaya) runs through this beach, and you can enjoy its waters in the (...)
Puerto Vargas Beach
Due to the efforts in keeping this beach clean and safe for visitors, it has earned the (...)
Chiquita Beach
Nevertheless at its southern section you can find 2 natural barriers, a coral reef and a rocky (...)
Manzanillo Beach
Here there are coral reef formations that extend 200 meters offshore. This, together with a (...)
Cahuita Beach
With a 600 ha extension, this coral reef is the home of a wide variety of marine species, an (...)
The zone of the Caribbean, where Limon is located, has plenty of
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The Caribbean is celebrating the XIV Black Culture Festival
August 08, 2012

The goal of the festival is to create awareness in society about rescuing, valuing and promoting the Afro-Costa Rican cultural identity
"Estacion Limon" offers a great cultural diversity
May 14, 2012

This project gathers free cultural shows, workshops and activities for everyone the first Saturday of each month
Concherias arrives to Heredia and Desamparados
April 18, 2012

Around 60 artists will participate in this project, among directors, actors, dancers, musicians and designers, who are part of this multidisciplinary show
XI International Poetry Festival will honor Costa Rican youth and children
April 12, 2012

During 9 days the festival will promote reading and the poetic creation in educational centers, public libraries, prisons and hospitals around the country
Celebrate the National Parks Day in Costa Rica
March 27, 2012

The main objective of the celebration is to project the need to preserve and use rationally part of the forests, wetlands and wildlife the country has
The Caribbean is exhibiting art
March 20, 2012

The Tourism Fair is offering entertaining activities for kids and adults, concerts, typical food of Limon, artistic performances, parades and typical masquerades, among others
Costa Rica wins again the award to the best stand in Germany
March 19, 2012

The graded aspects to give the award were design, use of technology, service and the activities arranged to attract the visitors to the stand
Costa Rica is the fifth most ecological country in the world
March 08, 2012

One of the aspects that contributed with the choice was that the country produces very low levels of carbon dioxide, which affects in global warming
Campaign Costa Ricas Million Dollar Gift of Happiness starts its second phase
March 02, 2012

Starting on March 2012 and until February 2013, the campaign will keep the idea of selling the country as the place to share happiness
Costa Rican Tourism Institute guarantees tourisms safety
February 14, 2012

The ICT is working along the National Learning Institute for the formation of all the companies belonging to the hotel sector in the country: gastronomy, computing, hotels and English language proficiency