Costa Rica is a very popular destination at this moment. A lot of people is visiting this Central American small country because of its natural wealth, its beautiful beaches and all the adventure activities that can be experienced there. But there is a particular region of Costa Rica that has a special charm: Limón.
The province of Limón is one of the most culturally diverse, as it hosts most of the Afro-Caribbean population. This fascinating culture – a combination of Jamaican, Italian and Chinese immigrants – predominates in this region and fills the atmosphere with fragrances, tropical rhythms and brilliant colors, which mixes with the daily work of many of the inhabitants on the banana plantations and the tourists that walk around experiencing a unique way of life filled with relaxation and rhythms.
Besides, Limón is bordered by the Caribbean Sea. What does this mean? That you will find there white sand beaches with crystalline waters. In fact, the most popular spots in Costa Rica for surfing are in this part of the country, especially in the South Caribbean. Puerto Viejo town for example, is a world-known paradise for surfers, thanks to its swell and the notorious Salsa Brava – a righthand reefbreak- that can hold 12ft+ (4m).
But if you are not into surfing or the beach, Limón also offers its North side: Tortuguero. This amazing destination is one of the most popular ones in Costa Rica and it is also known as the Amazonas of the country, as it has a large number of interlinked canals, water ways and navigable lagoons and lakes that create plains of sediment carried by the river system.
Tortuguero it is also a National Park and its beaches are the nesting haven of seven kinds of sea turtles, therefore its name. The beach at this town is the most important nesting site of the green turtle and thanks to the effort of the community the number of specimens has increased considerably in the last years and it is about to go off the list of animals in danger of extinction. Besides, other types of turtles, such as the leatherback sea turtle and the hawksbill turtle also nest on this beach, although in smaller numbers. Nesting observation tours are offered from mid-July thru October.
Costa Rica has two domestic airlines that offer regular schedules flights to both, Limón town and Tortuguero town. This way you can be in any of these destinations in no more than 45 minutes. Discovering the Caribbean side of this country is without a doubt an unforgettable experience.