Vacations to Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast offer great value for money. Stretching along some 125 miles between the borders of neighbouring countries Nicaragua and Panama, the Limon province has prehistoric rainforests for hikers and excellent water sports facilities in its coastal resorts. White beaches with lush green coconut tree lined invite surfers to try out pounding waves and sunbathers to lie comfortably in a hammock. Explorers can try out swamps and romantic lagoons in the north of the province or go climbing in the Talamanca Mountains in the south.
The first tourist to the area was Christopher Columbus in 1502, who discovered the gorgeous beaches, yet this part of Costa Rica is the least visited of the country. Vacations to Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast should best take place during the months of October to December and February to April, when the climate is hot and humid, but the rainy season has ended. There are a multitude of activities and tours available using Cahuita, Puerto Viejo or Tortuguero as a base. Sports fishing, water sports, hiking in Cahuita National Park or Tortuguero National Park, renown for its turtle nesting conservation projects.
Facing the Atlantic, Parque Nacional Cahuita offers tourists the chance to see Costa Rica’s largest coral reef. On 1067 hectares the park protects some 22,400 species of land and marine life. Snorkelling and diving in crystal clear waters among the tropical fish weaving in and out of colourful corals attracts visitors from all over the world to this stunningly beautiful part of Costa Rica. Tourists love the 18th century shipwreck at the mouth of River Perezoso, another great destination for snorkelling. A multitude of different types of accommodation is available, from camping and cheap guesthouses to villas and luxury hotels.
Located 34 miles south east of Puerto Limon, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a beach lover’s paradise on the shores of the Caribbean Sea. Surrounded by tropical vegetation, the seaside resort has white beaches, deep blue, crystal clear waters, excellent surfing on Salsa Brava waves and superb fishing facilities. With bars, restaurants, discos and the exotic blend of Afro-Caribbean, Latino and Bribri indigenous culture, the town provides fun and laid back relaxation at the same time. Shopping facilities are excellent and with Cahuita National Park, Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and Talamanca Indian Reserve nearby, there is never a dull moment!
Tortuguero means “Region of Turtles” in the Spanish language and Parque Nacional Tortuguero is one the world’s most important nesting areas for endangered green sea turtles. Some 50 miles north of Puerto Limon, facing the Atlantic Ocean on its eastern flank, the National Park lies adjacent to the Refugio Barra del Colorado to its northern flank. Guided nature tours are available through the eleven different ecological habitats in the Park. The pleasant village of Tortuguero lies within the Park and to get there, visitors fly to San Jose International Airport from where they travel to Moin and take a boat.