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Limon Introduction


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Once an important banana port on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, Puerto Limon is better known today as a good jumping-off point for visitors headed to Cahuita and Tortuguero national parks, or the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. The city is also sometimes called simply "Limon" by locals, although that is also the name of the province.  Click here to see the full Limon travel guide on Travel42 »

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Limon Geography


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Puerto Limon occupies a small bay surrounded on the north and west sides by low hills. It is open to the south, and for many miles/kilometers beyond is a marshy, mangrove-lined coastal plain. A small, craggy island—Isla Uvita—sits in the bay.   Click here to see the full Limon travel guide on Travel42 »

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Limon History


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Limon Bay has a unique spot in Costa Rica's history. It was there that Christopher Columbus first stepped ashore on the region's Caribbean shores in 1502 during his fourth and last voyage to the New World. The Genoese explorer anchored off Isla Uvita and called the region La Huerta (The Garden). Spanish conquistadores soon decimated the local population (many native people were enslaved to work in gold mines elsewhere in Central America), although that part of the coast was never really settled to any degree.   Click here to see the full Limon travel guide on Travel42 »

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Limon Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Puerto Limon is a fairly tranquil city, notwithstanding its importance as the country's main trading port. The main highway into the city is chock-full of large container trucks heading to and from the docks, and extreme caution is required while driving the highway. Large container-storage farms dominate the scenery on the drive into this port city. The highway between San Jose and Limon washes out on occasion, so check conditions before taking to the road. The old highway through Turrialba is a scenic alternative.  Click here to see the full Limon travel guide on Travel42 »

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Limon Nightlife


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Although a swinging nightlife is somewhat lacking in Puerto Limon itself—unless you happen to be in town for the city's huge Columbus Day Carnival celebration in October—action awaits to the south. The strong Caribbean influence and backpacker culture in Puerto Viejo, Cahuita and Manzanillo produces a fun nightlife scene that includes calypso music and dancing on the beach, fueled by exotic tropical drinks. There are also more upscale options starting to appear.  Click here to see the full Limon travel guide on Travel42 »

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Limon Restaurants & Dining


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Puerto Limon has several excellent bargain restaurants, although gourmands should keep their expectations in check. The Mercado Central has snack counters where you can fill up on typical local dishes for less than 3,000 CRC.   Click here to see the full Limon travel guide on Travel42 »

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