Caribbean coast, Costa Rica

Discover terrestrial and marine ecosystems, enjoy their purest essences in the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica

Caribe, Costa Rica
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Nature and isolation are the most characteristic features of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, which was discovered in 1502 by Christopher Columbus. It is isolated from tourists by Guanacaste, Tilarán and Talamanca Mountain Ranges, that separate this paradisiacal region from Central Valley while avoiding the arrival of massive population and tourism. Therefore the area has turned into an unspoilt territory of an impressive flora and fauna.

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Cahuita, Costa Rica
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Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Puerto Viejo
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In the northern Caribbean coast, you can visit places like Tortuguero, where you must go by boat or plane; Barra del Colorado, to observe incredible river islands and rainforests; and Guápiles, known as the entrance gate to the Caribbean sea and its vast protected territory.

In the south Caribbean coast, you can visit Puerto Limón, home of the Afro-Caribbean culture; enjoy the spectacular Christopher Columbus Carnival Day; and if you like surfing, visit Bonita Beach. Also, you should try Cahuita, where you can have fun or get relaxed on its black sandy beaches, while in Cahuita National Park, you can practise a huge number of outdoor activities. In Manzanillo, you will discover paradisiacal white sandy beaches and calm waters where professional divers enjoy its coral reef

Puerto Viejo is an interesting place;  its special charm will let you agape and, if you practise surf, you will enjoy its famous wave Salsa Brava. Playa Chiquita is a little coastal village, but it is the ideal place to rest and get relaxed in one of its numerous resorts near the beach, also, you can practise several aquatic sports like diving into its turquoise waters or discover its incredible coral reef.

Moreover, you will be surrounded by a number of beautiful natural areas such as Cahuita National Park, Hitoy-Cerere Biological Reserve and Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Shelter.


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