11/5/12

Puerto Limón, Costa Rica

A bit of Costa Rica

Puerto Limón, known as Limón (Spanish for "lemon"), is the capital city of Limón province and county in Costa Rica. It has a population of about 60,000, including surrounding towns, and is home to a thriving Afro-Caribbean community.
Part of the population traces its roots to Jamaican labourers who worked on the railroad project late 19th century, other part to Nicaraguan, Panamanian and Colombian turtle-hunters who eventually settled along the province of Limón's coast.
Until 1948, Costa Rica government didn't recognize Afro-Caribbean people as citizens and restricted their movement outside Limón province. As a result, Afro-Caribbean population became firmily established in the region, influencing the decision not to move evern after it was legally permitted. Their spoken languages are Spanish and Limonese Creole, a creole of English.

Puerto Limón view from El Faro restaurant up in the hill

Puerto Limón has 2 port terminals, one for shipment exports (mostly banana) and the other for cruise ships.
One of the oldest cities on the continent, Puerto Limón was established in 1502 when Christopher Columbus landed here during his exploration of the new World, and it has some fascinating architecture and colorful open air market places.

Local musicians playing during the visit of the President of the Republic at El Faro restaurant

You can go by the main market in town center and buy everything from wood items to traditional souvenirs. Cashew nuts are big in this city and you can try a specialty from here, cashew wine.
While the city is rather laidback during the day, at night Puerto Limón has a very active social life.

What to see and do:

A boat trip through the Tortuguero Canals

Tortuguero Canals Tour

A tour on board of a boat through the living jungle over the narrow canals formed by rivers born in the mountains, making their way to the sea.
You will have the chance to see monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas and sloths. The canal's are also considered a bird watcher's paradise, so keep your eyes open!
It´s with no doubt one of the main attractions in Costa Rica and a unique opportunity to experience this natural wonder. Along the way you can also see cocoa plantations, ornamental flowers and some other agricultural products.


Trough the canals

Crazy Monkey Zip Line 

Feel the adrenaline rising up your body while watching the jungle from the top of the trees in a canopy system of platforms and ride amongst the forest until you get your feet on the golden sand beach. Here is where  the jungle meets the ocean.
Also a chance to see some wildlife from above and a guide will be able to tell you about the different species as they might appear.

Unforgettable zip line ride

Veragua Rainforest Aerial Tram

Less than an hour away, Veragua Rainforest is the ultimate Costa Rica attraction. It includes interactive exhibits of snakes, frogs, butterflies, walking trails, an open air gondola ride through the rainforest canopy, a spectacular waterfalland a real science station where you can see researchers discovering new species.

White Water Rafting

You can enjoy whitewater rafting in Limón at Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, at the River Pacuare, which flows into de Caribbean Sea, with rapids class 3 and 4.
Amazing experience and, not to worry about crocodiles because they only like quite waters.

This was just before I fell in the water... what an experience!

Sloth Sanctuary

At only 45 minutes from the pier, you will have the opportunity to enjoy and learn more about the rich flora and fauna of the Caribbean slope of Costa Rica.The only reserve with an unique rehabilitation center for Sloths.

Banana Plantation 

Costa Rica is the second largest banana producer in the world and 80% of the plantations are located ate Limón province.
Just outside of Puerto Limón, you can visit a banana plantation and packing house, where you can learn the whole process from crop, harvesting, processing, packing to exportation. During weekdays, you will be able to see the workers doing their job in the fields and in the pack house.

Dole´s banana plantation packing house


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