Seemingly a world away from the rest of the country, the Afro-Caribbean influenced Atlantic region of Costa Rica boasts a distinctive culture and laidback pace of life that makes a journey into this region a truly unique experience. Its palm-fringed coast extends 125 miles (200 km) along one of Costa Rica’s most geographically diverse regions.
Limón, the region’s main port and urban center, is an eclectic mix of cultures, traditions and contagious vitality. In contrast to Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, the majority of hotels, lodges and camps are small, intimate, and set in lush tropical gardens or forests. A “sea” of green vegetation laced with ribbons of sparkling silver water greets visitors as they venture into the Tortuguero National Park, one of Costa Rica’s most spectacular wilderness areas located in this Northern Caribbean region.
The Southern Caribbean of Costa Rica offers a perfect combination of picturesque villages, vibrant culture and breathtaking tropical scenery. From verdant mountains to shimmering turquoise seas, you will feel right at home amid a warm, welcoming people eager to show off the region’s abundant natural riches. Experience the captivating beauty of the country’s largest live coral reefs, let howler and white-faced Capuchin monkeys amuse you with their treetop antics, or relax in a hammock as a metallic-blue Morpho butterfly delicately flutters past. Secluded beachfront cabins, jungle lodges and cheerful hotels offer comfort, personalized service, and tasty Afro-Caribbean cuisine.