When Christopher Columbus made his fourth and final voyage to the New World in 1502, his crew became the first Europeans to set foot on the Caribbean shores of Puerto Limón. Greeted by Carib Indians adorned with gold bands, Columbus saw riches that are believed to have inspired the name of Costa Rica, or the "rich coast."
Five centuries later, Costa Rica's Limón Province is known for natural riches of another kind - wonders of wildlife, mangrove wetlands, and pristine tropical beaches shaded by palms. You'll dive in warm waters, discover a thriving culture, and feel blissfully at home in our Limón Province vacation rentals.
With 125 miles of Caribbean shoreline and a total area of 3,548 square miles, Limón Province stretches from Nicaragua in the north to the Panamanian border in the south. Sparsely populated and geographically diverse, the province centers around the bustling regional capital of Puerto Limón - a seaside city that is just 99 miles east of San José and about 40 miles north of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
Your vacation begins at the site of Columbus' arrival in Puerto Limón, a port officially established in 1870 as an export hub for bananas and grain. Soak in the distinct Afro-Caribbean culture, catch the annual parades and parties of Dia de las Culturas, and look for sloths in the palms at the seaside Vargas Park.
Beach-lovers should flock 40 miles south to the golden sands of Puerto Viejo, a former fishing village beloved by surfers far and wide. You'll find incredible breaks at Playa Salsa Brava and a gorgeous, palm-lined beach at Playa Manzanillo eight miles east. Here in southern Limón Province, you can also explore the rainforests of the Talamanca Mountains and snorkel through 600 acres of coral reef in Cahuita National Park - home to nesting sea turtles, iguanas, howler monkeys, sloths, and more!
Our Limón Province vacation rentals are a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, especially those who plan to visit Tortuguero National Park. This breathtaking expanse, which is best explored by water, sits roughly 50 miles north of Puerto Limón and is a vital nesting place for green, leatherback, hawksbill, and loggerhead sea turtles. From your kayak, canoe, or charter boat, you'll also catch glimpses of manatees, river otters, monkeys, jaguars, tapirs, and green macaws.
Come and experience the untouched wonders of Costa Rica's lush Caribbean coast - plan an adventure to one of our Limón Province vacation rentals today!
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