|Costa Rica Caribbean Coast|
The fascinating afro-caribbean culture (mainly a combination of Jamaican, Italian and Chinese immigrants), predominates in this region and fills the atmosphere with fragrances, tropical rhythms and brilliant colors, which mixes with the daily work of many of the inhabitants on the banana plantations and the ports of Limón and Moín.
It is the region of most rainfall in the country and this factor, combined with high temperatures, makes the evaporation and humidity quite high throughout the year. The extensive plains are washed by the Pacuare, Estrella, Reventazón and Parismina rivers, which join in some sectors with the Tortuguero canals, of great importance for their scenic beauty and as a site of refuge for the marine turtles to lay their eggs.
Along the length and width of this area you can observe small groups of houses among the plantations of cassava, annatto, and bananas, as well as an infinite number of beautiful beaches on the southern part of the coast, coral reefs, and protected areas with small trails which permit penetration into the heart of the tropical forest. In the Costa Rican Caribbean the options are so varied that they satisfy plenty of the different tastes and preferences of those who visit it, while experiencing the wonders of the swamps, the marine wealth, green lagoons, imposing rivers, wide canals, and the unique majesty of the solitary Uvita Island.
For those who love fishing, diving, surfing and snorkeling, this place is undoubtedly an earthly paradise. Daily tours to the Tortuguero area leave from San José. These are complete packages including meals, transportation and short boat rides to observe the native flora and fauna of the region. A two night stay is recommended.