This untouched island gem has beaches, food and a vibrant Afro-Caribbean culture

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  • Published on May 9, 2023
  • Last Updated June 8, 2023
  • In Places

Limón, one of the least traveled regions in Costa Rica, offers prehistoric rainforests, Creole-African history, and native cuisine.

Located between Nicaragua and Panama is a 125-mile stretch of the ultimate tropical paradise of white-sand beaches lined with coconut trees. Limón, Costa Rica is one of the most diverse regions in the country. From tropical wetlands to towering mountains, Limón has it all.

Somewhat of a hidden gem, Limón is one of the least traveled regions in Costa Rica. Remaining relatively untouched has allowed the area to preserve its prehistoric rainforests and unmatched beauty compared to the rest of the country. Being undisturbed has allowed Limón to promote a sustainable lifestyle throughout the area city to protect the ecosystem.

Also known as Puerto Limón, the area city is the capital city of Limón Province and serves as its central hub for government and business. As the largest city with a population of 98,000, Limón is a melting pot of cultures, but the region’s Creole and African history connect this Caribbean community.

The Afro-Costa Rican community celebrates its colorful history with some noteworthy events on the island. In August, the annual Limon Roots Afrocultural Festival takes place. In October, the Limón Carnival is a week-long celebration that showcases the community’s vibrant colors, delicious foods, and musical entertainment.

The daily offerings of Limòn include a wide variety of native and inspired cuisine. Central American, Caribbean, and local Costa Rican foods are available to tantalize the taste buds of any foodie. Travel Noire shared some great options of local restaurants tourists should put on their “to eat” list.” Bay Limòn Park, Reina’s Restaurant and Shugga’s Place were on the list of places to enjoy the best of Limòn.

Aside from great food, the city possesses some of the best excursions and nature activities in Costa Rica. Veragua Rainforest Park is described as “The Cream of the Cream of Rainforests.” The park is attached to La Amistad International Park, the largest nature reserve in Central America. The Chocolate Forest Experience is another stop that should be added to your itinerary. The outlet detailed the immersive journey into the history of chocolate production in Costa Rica. The hiking tour takes visitors through the sustainable cacao forest to view the bean-to-bar process at the chocolate workshop. The excursion ends with tasting fresh cacao tree fruit and sampling delicious chocolate.

Lodging accommodations are also plentiful in Limòn. There is something for the adventurists who want to stay somewhere surrounded by nature or the solo traveler looking for a resort spa experience. The Almonds and Coral Hotel is noted to be “a one-of-a-kind experience in the heart of Costa Rica’s south Caribbean.” The location is in the middle of the tropical rainforest and within walking distance of the Gandoca Manzanillo wildlife refuge. The Ecolirious Hotel Boutique & Spa is the perfect balance of eco-friendly and luxury. Travel Noire states the hotel’s owners are Costa Rican natives committed to nurturing all five senses. “With sustainable conservation and solar-powered energy, Ecolirious offers guests the opportunity to reconnect with nature without sacrificing comfort or luxury,” notes the publication.

Martie Bowser is a journalist and public relations professional in Charlotte, NC. She enjoys amplifying the voices of POC and women that fill a void within their community. Her bylines include “person of interest” interviews, small business highlights, pop culture commentary, entertainment features, and everything Beyonce.

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