The Caribbean coast offers amazing tropical rainforest, beautiful beaches and an abundant wildlife and vegetation. In addition, there are excellent eco-tourism opportunities, and plenty of activities for the adventurous, including fishing, sea kayaking, diving and much more.
The greatest draw for visitors to the province of Limon is a distinct multiculturalism that's unique to the region. Approximately one-third of the population is black, primarily of Jamaican descent, and many indigenous Bribri and Cabecar people live among the Talamanca areas.
Following Highway 26 south of Puerto Limon, the river valley breathes life into the tropical vegetation. Here, 31 km south of town, is the small wildlife refuge of Aviarios del Caribe in the Estrella River delta.
The Barbilla National Park protects 29,500 acres (11,938 hectares) of humid lowland rainforest along the Caribbean slopes of the Talamancan mountain range. As one of Costa Rica’s least visited parks, it has the distinction of being both relatively untouched and ecologically rich.
Located on the Nicaraguan boarder, is this massive 225,365 acre (91,200 ha) national wildlife refuge-the largest in the nation. Much of this refuge is inaccessible to eco-tourists due to poor roads and infrastructure which have kept Barra Del Colorado an isolated wonder.
At 2,711 acres (1,097 ha), Cahuita National Park is small in size compared to its counterparts. The park is much more regarded for its underwater portion. This national park is the park with Costa Rica's largest costal reef.
An agricultural college with a focus on investigating sustainable agriculture in tropical environments, E.A.R.T.H. University (Escuela de Agricultura de la Region Tropical Húmeda) is located in the town of Guácimo. This non-prophet, private university encompasses 990 acres (400 ha) of lowland forest, including a large, 570,280 square foot (52,980 sq. km) campus.
Located in Costa Rica&s southeastern Talamanca region is the large Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge, a collection of rainforest and wetland habitat complete with a coral reef. At 23,348 total acres (9,450 ha). Besides Cahuita, this park is the only other place in the country with a coral reef.
Located 60 km south of Puerto Limon is the 22,620 acre (9154 ha) Hitoy-Cerere Biological Reserve, a rugged and undeveloped park that offers few facilities despite its proximity to a major highway. Visitors can find plenty of accommodations in Puerto Limon and Cahuita, two nearby beach towns.
Adjacent to the Barra del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge is the more well-known and frequented; Tortuguero National Park, is home to four of the world's eight species of green sea turtle including Leatherback, Olive Ridley, Loggerhead, and Hawksbill turtles.
Playa Cocles is a small village on the Atlantic Coast south of Puerto Viejo, Limon. Beautiful beaches, lush greenery and a relaxed atmosphere is what you’ll experience in this region. This culturally rich area is a unique blend of Latino, Afro-Caribbean and Bribri indigenous cultures living side by side.
This wild and beautiful region is a complete Caribbean Paradise of breathtaking beaches mixed with incredible rainforest that kisses to the coastline. This part of the country is distinct and unique because of its blend of Latin, Afro-Caribbean and Bribri indigenous cultures.