Limon Costa Rica- Costa Rica’s Carribbean Paradise

Limon Costa Rica- Costa Rica’s Caribbean Flavor

Limon Costa Rica is a province that spans the entire Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, touching the country’s northern border of Nicaragua and Panama in the south. The             Caribbean side of Costa Rica is known particularly for dazzling white sand beaches and the friendly coconut trees that line them.  Near the beach in the north are lowlands with swamps and lagoons, while the Cordillera de Talamanca mountain range towers in the south.

Limon Costa Rica is generally regarded as the most culturally diverse province in the country, particularly because of its strong Caribbean heritage, as well as its large population of remaining indigenous peoples. Also unique to the province is its climate. Unlike other regions of Costa Rica, Limon does not have distinct rainy and dry seasons. It rains almost year round, but still has somewhat of a dry spell during the months of September and October (which happen to be the rainiest months for much of Costa Rica).

A couple of the most popular towns in the region are Puerto Viejo de Talamanca and Manzanillo. They are especially crucial to the province because they are the main tourist destinations, and provide income to finance municipality and the financing of infrastructure. Puerto Viejo is an international destination for top-notch surfers, since it is known to have the most powerful waves in Costa Rica, regarded as being too destructive for novice surfers. It is a charming place with great weather, with restaurants and activities to suit any Costa Rica bound visitors needs! Just a little south of Puerto Viejo is Manzanillo, renowned for its white sand, palm tree laden beaches. It is also a laid-back, small town, which began as a fishing destination, but now is mostly visited for it’s wonderful places to swim, snorkel, and scuba dive.

Another major source of income for the Limon province is its major port – Puerto Limon  (it is also the name of the town, but is usually referred to simply as Limon). Costa Rica heavily depends on tourism, exports, and imports, thus the importance of ports can’t be understated! The United States serves as Costa Rica’s main trading partner, and nearly any good entering entering or leaving the Caribbean side go through Puerto Limon. Incoming cruise ships often dock there, so it plays a large role in tourism, as well as imports and exports. Most exports –such as bananas, pineapples, coffee, chemicals, and medical equipment – depart the country from the port. Beyond its economical relevance, Puerto Limon also has an important cultural history.  In 1502, Christopher Columbus landed just outside of where the port resides today, becoming the first European explorer to land in Costa Rica.

Although some portions of Limon Costa Rica rank among the poorest areas in Costa Rica, the government has made major investments in such zones, and the thriving tourist areas, as well as the traffic from import and exports, continue to generate money within the province, continuously making it a more stable region to match its amazing beauty.