Costa Rica: Caribbean

Caribbean Coast

Costa Rica’s Caribbean province of Limon runs 125 miles (200 km), from the northern Nicaraguan border to the southern border with Panama.

Exotic nature reserves, such as the famous Tortuguero National Park, beckon adventurous travelers, while alluring southern beaches allow visitors to relax in an easy Caribbean vibe. With a mesh of Tico and Afro-Caribbean culture, Limon Province displays a unique side of Costa Rica.

Traveling north from Limon, forlorn Caribbean beaches and exotic nature reserves beckon adventurous travelers to explore areas often overlooked beauty and wildlife. The smooth alluvial plain, which extends westward from the Atlantic coast to the mountain ranges of Costa Rica’s heartland, provides an ideal location for the villages that dot Highway 32’s descend from the Central Highlands. Banana plantations envelop much of the surrounding terrain, as do thick rainforests, which grow in density with every step northward.

The region’s climate is undoubtedly sustained by Costa Rica’s highest annual rainfall averages. It’s no wonder that some of the most ecologically diverse parks in the country are located in Limon’s northeast (Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre, Barra del Colorado, and Parque Nacional Tortuguero.) Here, swampland encompasses such an immense area that parks such as Tortuguero are only accessible by plane or motorboat.