Clear turquoise water, palm trees, yellow sand, is just a glimpse of the things you will find in the Caribbean coast. With the highest percentage of protected land in Costa Rica, the Caribbean coast is formed by imposing mountains and idyllic beaches. This coast has missed part of the touristic development boom and instead has remained a pristine and unique part of Costa Rica with a culture of its own. A decade ago, the road to get to this coast was not simple at all, with a never-ending dirt road with many curves and potholes, making it difficult for tourists to visit the place. Nonetheless, with the construction of Route 32, the travel time has now been reduced from 8 hours to 4 making it more accessible for people to come visit.
On your way to this region, you will pass through the wonderful Braulio Carrillo National Park and from there on, a majestic trajectory to the low lands of the Caribbean begins and a noticeable change in the climate and panorama. In the north part of the province, the most exuberant part of Limón is found in the shape of Tortuguero, a vast section of land highly protected and the most important point in the Atlantic coast of the continent where green turtles lay their eggs.
Nestled on the southern edge of the coast is another National Park called Cahuita, created with the intention of preserving the large offshore of coral reef. The tranquil waters of this typical town in Costa Rica also makes it a hot-spot for tourists, and perfect for snorkelers who wish to see the variety of vibrant tropical fish and over 30 species of coral. Another important point around this wonderful coastline is Puerto Viejo, a culturally sound town that is famous for its identity seen through its music, wonderful food, and beaches. In the bottom of the coastline next to the border with Panama you can find yet another Refuge called El Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Gandoca-Manzanillo, protecting almost 4,500 hectares of land and also the home for 4 species of turtles that come and lay their eggs. Most of the zone’s coast is also covered by lodging options, specially conformed by traditional Bungalows, a very particular construction of this zone.
In a class of its own, it is clear to see that Limón possesses a unique culture and way of living. Its recent new sleep accommodation options has also turned into a touristic point of interest and one you should definitely go and see for yourself.