Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, much less traveled than the nation’s Pacific Coast, supply among the greatest seashores in Costa Rica—not to say a stroll again into historical past.
You see, in 1502, Captain Christopher Columbus and his crew landed right here, strolling the identical seashores alongside the southeast coast of the nation the place vacationers now stroll in flip-flops and shorts. He was so enthralled he gave the land the identify we name the nation at the moment.
The Caribbean coast will be divided into two elements.
The northern Atlantic coast, from the Nicaragua border to the north virtually to Limon, is basically roadless wilderness, well-known for the most important inexperienced sea turtle nesting space on the planet referred to as Tortuguero Nationwide Park. Apart from the small Tortuguero Village, itself a vacationer attraction, there are not any cities or cities.
A handful of lodges supply guests some nice offshore fishing and tour operators take vacationers into the wilderness alongside the San Juan River that borders Nicaragua.
Although the seashores and rivers listed here are distant, and will be reached solely by boat or air, 1000’s of individuals go to for a tropical eco-tourism expertise Costa Rica Caribbean.
Not like its neighbor to the north, the southern Atlantic coast, under Limon, will be simply reached by automobile or bus. For budget-minded vacationers, we suggest taking a bus from San Jose to a vacation spot alongside this coast. They’re quick, snug, and actually low cost, about $10 or so.
Limon is the most important metropolis alongside the south Caribbean coast, closely inhabited by descendents of slaves dropped at work in banana fields. It is also dwelling to the one Costa Rica port on the Caribbean. The city and surrounding areas have a particular Bob Marley air however, although cruise ships cease on the port, it is not a advisable or common vacationer attraction and, reality is, a few of its seashores are contaminated.
Consequently, go away Limon behind and head south alongside the coast. About 15 miles south, you may encounter Cahuita, a small city in Cahuita Nationwide Park, well-known for its heat, crystal clear waters off pristine seashores. It is a common snorkeling space, full with one of many largest coral beds within the nation and a sunken slave ship.
Journey a couple of miles farther south to Puerto Viejo and you will find an eclectic neighborhood of individuals from world wide, from Poland and Bulgaria to Argentina, and, after all, Individuals and Canadians. The seashores vary from brown to white sand and are world well-known for surfers.
Notably famend is the magnificent Salsa Brava the place, yearly, surfers from throughout the planet converge to tackle its tubular waves.
Proceed a bit farther south and you may come to the seashores round Manzanillo the place Columbus got here ashore. Lovely seashores, clear waters, birds and monkeys all over the place, and residential to a species of freshwater porpoise, the Tucuxi, discovered nowhere else in Latin America. And, should you wish to fish, its rivers and estuaries present among the greatest tarpon and snook fishing on the planet.
However, no matter you do, keep in mind this: you’re strolling within the footsteps of Columbus himself.