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Limon

limon

The Province

Area:
9,188 SQ. KM
Population:
225,000
Climate:
Hot and humid
Average Temperature:
29 C
Tourist Attractions:
Tortuguero National Park
Cahuita National Park
Barra de Colorado Wildlife Refuge
Hitoy Cerere National Park
Gandoca-Manzanillo

About the Capital City Limon

Population:
70,000
Altitude:
Sea level

General Information

Limon, Costa Rica, which is also known as Puerto Limon, is the capital city of the Limon province and boasts a population of around 60,000 people. While most of Costa Rica is home to Spanish-speaking natives, Limon is known for its large population of Afro-Caribbean locals. While many of these Afro-Caribbean people do, indeed, speak the Spanish that is so common in Costa Rica, many speak Limonese Creole instead. There are some locals who speak both interchangeably. No matter what language they speak, however, know that the people who live in Limon are fun and friendly and offer an excellent incentive to visit the area.

Explore the Canals!

Limon might seem like its own little corner of the universe, but it is actually closely linked to many other towns in Costa Rica, including Barra del Colorado and Tortuguero, both of which it’s connected to via an intricate canal system. In fact, it’s difficult to understand just how intricate and complex this canal system is until you’ve actually gotten up close and personal with it. You can take a tour of the canals to get a feel for the layout of the city and to see how everything in the area works together. It’s very enlightening and is a nice way to spend an afternoon (or longer) in the city.

This Little Piggy Went to Market

What would Limon—or any city in Costa Rica, for that matter—be if it didn’t offer you lots of opportunities to shop? The world will never know, since Limon actually offers a wide range of shopping opportunities. In fact, you don’t even have to go inside a store to experience the awesome shopping options. Open-air markets are regularly in business throughout the city. Most market vendors set up shop in the early mornings and afternoons, and you’ll find them stationed in areas with lots of foot-traffic, such as near Parque Vergas and the museums that surround the area. Just be aware that the goods are so reasonably priced that you’re likely to end up going home with a lot more than you bargained for, especially when you consider the fact that most vendors aren’t staunch about their prices and will haggle with you, allowing you to talk your way into a better price on just about any item. Some of the vendors even accept US dollars, meaning you don’t have to worry too much about having the right currency; after all, money is money!

Take a Rainforest Tour

No trip to Costa Rica would be complete without checking out the gorgeous local rainforests. There are plenty of beautiful rainforests to see in Limon, and what’s more is that you can see them in a way that’s interesting and super fun! In Limon, many facilities offer guided tram tours of the rainforests, and these aren’t just any trams; they are aerial trams that extend high into the sky and actually carry you along the treetops! It’s an experience like no other and allows you to see the rainforests in the same way that birds do. Plus, after the tour is complete, you will usually be given time to actually explore the rainforest floor, giving you an entirely different perspective so that it’s almost like two trips in one!

A Festival You Won’t Forget

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Limon in the fall, you might just be there in time for Carnaval, the area’s annual and very well-known fall festival. The festival always takes place during the week of October 12th and is intended to celebrate Christopher Columbus taking off on his fourth voyage to the New World, a voyage that departed from Limon! Though the meaning behind Carnaval may be historic, the event itself is really just about having fun and letting loose. There’s a massive parade that goes up and down the streets, and you can sample all kinds of delicious, traditional Costa Rican food. After the parade is over, the streets fill with the sounds of festive music and with people dancing. The festival, which goes on for several days, always culminates in a concert given by a relatively famous artist; the concert is held at the Parque Vargas each year and is so widely attended that you’ll want to book seats as far in advance as possible if you plan to go.

Beautiful Weather, Beautiful People

Limon never really goes through a “dry” season and remains consistent in terms of weather pretty much all year round. The sun will likely shine for the vast majority of the time that you are in the area, which is great news if you’re trying to plan outdoor activities. It’s not just the weather that’s beautiful either; you will find that the people of Limon tend to be very friendly and welcoming to visitors. With beautiful people, beautiful weather, and plenty to see and do, you’re practically guaranteed to have an amazing time