NATIONAL PARK BRAULIO CARRILLO

This park is named after Dr. Braulio Carrillo, a national benefactor and the third president of Costa Rica. The park lies in one of the most rugged regions in the country. Almost the entire terrain is a jumble of towering volcanic mountains. he vegetation in the park consist of a very thick evergreen forest with a highly complex structure.

GUAPILES

This population is the center of exportation for the Río Frío Banana plantations. It is located on the foothills of the Central Cordillera, 62 km to the northeast of San José; it is the first village you will arrive at along the San José-Puerto Limón road.

Where to Sleep & Eat – Guapiles?

Hotel & Country Club Suerre Ph + (506) 2713-3000. E-mail: reservas@hotelsuerrecr.com http://hotelsuerrecr.com/. Located 800 metros al norte de la Gasolinera Santa Clara, Guápiles. Single/ double 70/ 82 US$, junior suite 140/ 176 US$, extra person 12 US$. Meals breakfast / lunch and dinner 10/ 14 US$. Only an hour away from San José,  crossing the […]

Where to Sleep & Eat – Guacimo?

EARTH. Escuela de Agricultura de la Región Tropical Húmeda. Ph + (506) 2713-0000, fax (506) 2713-0001. www.earth.ac.cr. Single/ double 40/ 55 US$. The school offers a program about sustainable tropical agriculture directed towards students in all of Latin America. Among some of the attractions is the banana plantation, a forest reserve of more than 400 […]

SIQUIRRES

25 km to the southeast of Guácimo, located on an intersection of the old route to San José-Turrialba-Puerto Limón highway 210 and highway 32 along the coast. The old road is a little slower, but it is more beautiful because of the landscape, its fresh climate and the traditional restaurants that can be found along the way

Where to Sleep & Eat – Siquirres?

Centro Turístico Pacuare Ph + 506 2768-8111.E-mail: info@centroturisticopacuare.com http://www.centroturisticopacuare.com. Location:  600m Este de la Entrada principal a Siquirres. Just 100 Km from the city of San Jose, on the 32 highway to Limon; our complex is located 600m east from Siquirres main entrance. This complex includes a hotel, restaurant, bar, conference room, and more. With […]

PUERTO LIMON CITY

With an extension of 9.188 Km2 (18% of national the land), it is 166 km from San José along a road that passes through the Braulio Carrillo National Park. This route is spectacular, as it allows you to contemplate a large sector of the park and the Ríos Sucio and La Hondura. It is the capital of Limon. There are six Counties: Limón, Pococí, Siquirres, Talamanca, Matina and Guácimo.

Activities in Puerto Limon

To go the National Park it is better to enroll on the organized circuits with transportation by boat or by plane. To travel independently you will need to head towards Moín and ask. The boat to Tortuguero is 300 meters to the left of the main port, passing by a security check.

TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

Tortuguero National Park is situated in one of the rainiest areas in the country, and makes up the area of life for the very humid tropical rainforest. It is seated upon flooded plains, where some volcanic hills stand out from the landscape, such as the Sierpe Hill which is 311 meters high. The snaking rivers take the sediments that are deposited by the sea on the extensive and straight beaches of the park.

Where to Sleep & Eat – Tortuguero?

Cabinas Icaco Tortuguero Ph + (506) 2709-8044, Fax: (506) 2709-8098.Email:Reservations@hotelelicaco.com  http://www.hotelelicaco.com/. has 18 rooms, beachfront, hammock ranch, restaurant, pool, private bathroom, fan, wifi, located 200 south plaza sport.   Los Amigos Jungle Hotel Tortuguero Ph + (506) 8881-5402. Diagonal al liceo barra de Tortuguero. E-mail: losamigos01@yahoo.com https://www.losamigosjunglehoteltortuguero.com/   This double room features a private entrance, seating area […]

Activities Tortuguero

One day circuits down the Río San Juan and other marine fishing excursions are mainly Nicaraguan. Technically to travel down the river is to enter into the neighboring country, because it is at the limit with Costa Rica on the south bank. You do not need a special visa, although you need to show a passport in some bridges along the Río San Juan.

Tortuguero Village

In the center of Tortuguero village there is a kiosk which offers geographical information as well as information on the climate, natural history and culture of the region. Another possibility is to go to the Tortuguero Information Center, opposite the Catholic Church.

Boca of the River Parismina

Where to eat and sleep Río Parismina Lodge Ph + (210) 824-4442, en USA (gratis)Tel 1-800 338 5688. E-mail: fish@riop.com www.riop.com. Single/ double 2.150/ 3.900 US$, tariffs include three fishing trips; 7 days 3.150/ 5.700 US$. It is a complex that offers all commodities and circuits to the surrounding area, and it is the best […]

Barra del Colorado National Refuge for Forest Wildlife

It has 90.400 hectares, that include the area that borders Nicaragua, the Barra del Colorado National Refuge for Forest Wildlife is the largest in Costa Rica, next to the border of Nicaragua, this area extends, forming rivers, lagoons, wetlands, canals surrounded by forests and Yolillales. This warm alluvial land is saturated with the waters from the Ríos San Juan, Colorado and Chirripó to the north. It receives intense annual precipitation of 6.000 mm.

To the south of the Caribbean

The road that leaves from Puerto Limón to the south east, runs parallel to the coast, passing by the landing strip, offers views of Uvita Island where Columbus disembarked, and after a few kilometers of palms, deserted beaches and waves. The route is paved. The majority of the inhabitants in this district are black, with Jamaican descendent that arrived on the Costa Rican coast in the middle of the XIX century.

Valle de la Estrella

This river is on the coast of the Carribean and is 52 km long, beginning in the Fila Matama Cordillera of Talamanca, in an area that receives a lot of rain, some 37% mm, every year. It is almost always covered by the fog. Its flow irrigates the Valle de La Estrella, fundamentally dedicated to the cultivation of bananas.

CAHUITA BEACH

It is a small village that is located some 43 Km to the southeast of Puerto Limón. It is known for its beautiful surrounding beaches, some of which can be found in the Cahuita National Park, there are hotels, restaurants and tourist agencies. The main road is made of sand and one of the main roads is paved stone. Negra Beach, to the north of Cahuita, is a large strip of black sand that is good for swimming.

Where to Sleep – Cahuita Beach?

Cabinas Costa Azul Lodge Ph +  (506) 2755-0431 / Ph +  (506) 2755-0221, Ph +  (506) 2755-0491, Tel/celular (506) 306-1562. E-mail: cabinascostaazul@racsa.co.cr http://www.cahuitacostazul.com/ Located in Puerto Vargas Cahuita. With fan Singular/ double/ triples 15/ 30/ 35 US$, with conditioned air 20/ 40/ 45 US$. It has 8 rooms with fan or with conditioned air, bathrooms private […]

Where to Eat – Cahuita Beach?

Restaurante Típico Cahuita Ph +  (506) 2755-0364. Located in the entrance of the town. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breakfasts are American, tropical and typical, cost of 4 US$. Entrances as salads, soups, cream, seafood, rice, rice and beans, spaghetti, casados, red and white meat. Eat quickly: sandwichs, hamburgers. Cold drinks and heat. […]

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK

209 Km, from San José, 16 km from Puerto Viejo 20 Km from Bribrí, 54 km from Sixaola and 43 km from Puerto Limón. Located on the Carribean coast, to the southeast of the city of Limón in the county of Talamanca, Cahuita is a park that offers magnificent white sandy beaches, palm trees, exuberant vegetation, coral reefs, areas with swamps and mangroves.

Activities Cahuita Beach

Aventuras Roberto Tours Ph + (506) 2755-0117.Located 100 meter south of the terminal bus stop. Sports Fishing Excursion and craftsman 100 US$ a minimum of two people, lasting 6 hours, snorkeling 20 US$ 3 hours, an extra 15 US$, visits of four tours; one to the butterfly farm, iguanas, waterfall and to the indigenous reserve […]

Other Services in Cahuita Beach

Souvenirs Kawe Boutique Ph + (506) 2755-0233.Located 100 meters before the entrance to the National Park. Open of 08:00 a.m to 08:00 p.m every day. They offer hammocks, stop, pants, bathroom dresses, ecological T-shirts, trunkses for surfear, children’s clothes, sandals, cloths, caps, neckerchiefs, souvenir in (wood, recina and stone). Variety in imitation jewelry coconut necklaces […]

Negra Beach – Cahuita

Located 500 meters from the village of Cahuita and 40 km from the Province of Limon.  It is a beach with black sand and moderate to strong waves, the colour of its sand varies from black, grey and light coffee color according to the ride, it extends to the where the river Carbon empties out into the sea, it is 14 kilometers long.

Blanca Beach Cahuita

This beach is part of the Cahuita National Park and it is named for the color of its sand. It is about 3 kilometers long going from the entrance to Cahuita Point. It is not a broad beach and it drops sharply and has strong waves. For this reason, swimming is not recommended here.

Puerto Vargas – Cahuita

This is also a very beautiful beach and belongs to Cahuita National Park. It runs for several kilometers going from the point with the same name to the mouth of the Carbon River. It has three sections, each different from the next and each beautiful due to its abundant vegetation. The first section that runs north to south runs from this point to an área that juts out known as Puerto Vargas. Here the waters are cristal clear and calm due to the presence of the coarl reef.

History & Culture John Meiggs Keith in Cahuita Beach

John Meiggs Keith: he was hired by the government for the railway.

Minor Cooper Keith: he built the railway and he was given the contract for the railway. A large amount of people came from the Africans regions of Dahomey and Haití. The meaning of Ackee: a vegetable for importence. The Bluff, Law Nº 35 1915 the village of Cahuita was created. The conquistadors arrived: Vasco Núñez de Balboa/ Gil Gonzalez Dávila/ Hernán Sánchez de Badajoz and Juan de Cavallon. And along with these people from Africa, Senegal and Gamba arrived, in the 16th Century. The 2nd arrival of black people to Costa Rica and in the largest amount was when the slaves escaped from Colombia.  In 1860 a law was created for the settlement of blacks, Chinese and gypsies, when they opened the borders or immigration to work on the land. 

Keköldi Indian Reserve

This reservation is found near Puerto Viejo and is of great importance due to the activities it promotes. The Bribris Tribe lives on this reservation and offers various sevices of interest to tourists. They have a breeding área for Green iguanas, they produce indigenous crafts such as wooden bows and aroows, bags, nets, hammocks, baskets.

Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve

It has an extension of  9.154 hectares and forms part of the Talamanca Cordillera, that reserve is surrounded by an infinite amount of rivers and waterfalls, such as Hitoy “A river that is covered in moss”, in Bribrí dialect and in Cerere dialect it is  “the river with transparent waters”.

PUERTO VIEJO OF TALAMANCA

It is a village, known as Puerto Viejo, where the influences of the indigenous Bribri cultures are more evident than in Cahuita. There is also a larger tourist infrastructure, hotels, cabins, bars and arts and crafts stalls; this last one is located along the coast, which is lit up at night time, in harmony with the village.

Where to Sleep – Puerto Viejo?

Hotel Casa Conley Del Mar Ph + 506 2756-8179. Ph + 506 8494-8131 whatsapp. E-mail: casaconleydelmar@gmail.com http://www.casaconleydelmar.com. Casa Conley Del Mar is situated on the mountain in the thriving jungle of Limon. A region that is unmatched in beauty and is one of the country’s most geographically diverse areas.Is located near Cahuita National park picturesque, white sand […]

Where to Eat – Puerto Viejo?

Soda Elizabeth Ph + 506 2750-0120. E-mail: yesor0182@outlook.es. https://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.obando.16503  It is located in Puerto Viejo downtown, ave 69, calle 217, 50 meters south of the Hotel Puerto Viejo. Opening from Monday to Sunday from 6:30 a.m. at 4:00 p.m. Typical meals, they serve breakfast, lunch, they have the Britt Expreso coffee machine, chocolate cakes, natural […]

Activities in Puerto Viejo

Puerto Viejo Adventures Ph + (506) 2750-0440. E-mail: puertoviejotours@yahoo.com. www.ptoviejotours.com. Located in front of the stop of buses of the town. Open of 08:00 a.m to 08:00 p.m, every day. Tours service and internet, real state information of the whole area of the caribbean. Terraventura Ph + (506) 2750-0750. Risk between naturalistic paths and glasses […]

Other Services in Puerto Viejo

Fun Cabinas Maritza Ph + (506) 2750-0003. Has a wide private parking, bar with music live Calypso on Sundays. The pioneers in the hoteleria of old port with more than 35 years to the national tourist’s service and foreigner. Bar Discoteca Jhony`s Place Open of 01:00 p.m to 02:00 a.m, every day. They offer presentation […]

Information Tourist Office ATEC In Puerto Viejo

Tourist Office In Puerto Viejo there is the main office of the Asociación Talamanqueña de Ecoturismo and Conservación. ATEC Ph (506) 2750-0398, Ph/fax (506) 2750-0191. E-mail: ongatec@gmail.com E-mail: direccionatec@gmail.com http://ateccr.org/ . Office hours is from Monday to Wednesday 08:00 a.m to 12:00 m.d and from 02:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m, Thursday from   08:00 a.m to 10:00 […]

TO THE EAST OF PUERTO VIEJO

The 13 Km road begins in Puerto Viejo and extends to the east, following the coast, and leads to the beaches and communities of Cocles Beach, Chiquita Beach, Uva Beach, Manzanillo Beach and Punta Mona, crossing some areas of the Indigenous Cocles Reserve / KékoLdi and ends in the Gandoca Manzanillo National Forest Wildlife Reserve.

COCLES BEACH

2 Km to the east of Puerto Viejo; it is an ideal place to go surfing as it has a lifeguard post, it is a place nicknamed Beach Break Cocles known as Blocf by the surfers and the older residents know it as Piplikey, it is a sandy beach, where there are good right and left waves from 2 to 4 feet, it is the best when they start to close into one whole tube, with breaks and less danger. There are also some popular cabins for surfers and a lifeguard post.

Where to Sleep & Eat – Cocles Beach?

Cariblue Beach & Jungle Resort Ph +506 2750-0035, Ph +506 4070-1514, Toll Free: 1-305-7495-26, Ph + 506 8314-1965. Playa Cocles, 1.5 Km. South Puerto Viejo. E-mail:  reservations@cariblue.com https://cariblue.com/ The Cariblue Beach & Jungle Resort faces the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea in the southern part of Costa Rica and reaches out over 5 acres of […]

Surfing in Cocles Beach

103) EL BLUFF (COCLES): This is another shallow point is rare to see somebody surf this place. El Bluff is located south from You Creep. Access: By land. Tide:High. Swells: Southeast. Bottom: sharp choral. Feet: 2 to 4. Season: October to February. Stars: 2. Spot #103 – EL BLUFF (COCLES)   104) COCLES ISLAND: The Island is located in Playa Cocles and is a very inconsistent left that […]

CHIQUITA BEACH

Located 6 Km to the east of Puerto Viejo.  It has an extension of 2 kilometers. It has an open front and strong waves, protected in the south. It has white sands, ranging from a moderate to steep slope to the sea shore. There is a rocky area in the southern sector of the beach, where you will be able to find small colonies of reefs, with rich vegetation along the coast.

Where to Sleep & Eat – Chiquita Beach?

La Ceiba Reserva Biologica Privada Ph + (506) 2750-0275/ Cellular (506) 8820-9169. E-mail: info@rpceiba.com www.rpceiba.com. Walks for paths of the primary tropical forest, observation and interpretation of the flora and fauna. Lodging in comfortable cabins. The Reservation has 25 Hectares of humid tropical forest what transforms into a favorable place for the flora observation and […]

PUNTA UVA BEACH

Located 7 Km to the east of Puerto Viejo. A white sandy beach with a large slope towards the sea shore, it is a semi bay, with gentle waves, during the months of April and May. With very clear waters and the presence of a coral reef along the coast and mainly in front of Punta Uva.

Where to Sleep & Eat – Punta Uva Beach?

Tree House Ph + (506) 2759-0706.E-mail: info@costaricatreehouse.com www.costaricatreehouse.com. Has houses to rent, this the “House of Beach” with view to the ocean, surrounded of gardens, matrimonial bed and a singular, capacity for 5 people, cooks equipped, cost 2/ 3/ 4/ 5 people day 200/ 240/ 280/ 320 US$ week 1200/ 1440/ 1680/ 1920 US$. The […]

MANZANILLO BEACH

12 Km from Puerto Viejo, located in the Gandoca Manzanillo refuge for Forest Wildlife, it was chosen by (MINAE) in 1995. The road continues 1 Km and then disappears where footpaths will take you along the coast towards the refuge. The Costa Rican Ministry of Natural Resources has an office in the village, in a […]

Where to Sleep & Eat – Manzanillo Beach

Almendros & Corales Ph + (506) 2272-2024/ 2759 – 9056. E-mail: contacto@almondsandcorals.com www.almondsandcorals.com. Has 25 stores built in wooden floors that are located under gigantic trees in such a dense jungla that the sunbeams difficultly end up playing the floor. Standard Singular/ double/ triple 123/ 216/ 266 US$, Individual Junior/ double/ triple 197/ 266/ 328 […]

Punta Mona

To get this beach one must walk around 5 kilometers between Manzanillo and Punta Mona. The coast in this área is very irregular. Due to the characteristics of the forests as well as of the surrounding landscapes, this seashore is exceptionality beautiful, especiallly right around Punta Mona,

Gandoca Beach

Beyond the community of Punta Mona, the characteristically irregular beach turns into coast that curves and then opens up and extends in a more regular fashion until it reaches Gandoca. Here the beach has grey sand and strong waves.

Bribri

It is a village located on the way to Cahuita to Sixaola, next to the Panama border, at the end of the coastal road, still paved, there are some potholes. From Bribri there is 34 km gravel road to the border.

Where to Sleep & Eat – Bribri

Cabinas Trisol Ph + (506) 8559-7645, Ph + (506)2751-0511. E-mail: info@cabinastrisol.com http://www.cabinastrisol.com/ Located in Bribri Centro, our facilities offer the client the opportunity to rest take advantage of our cabins, clean and refreshing with air conditioning, with Internet access (Wi-Fi), Cable TV 70 Channels, coffee maker and microwave to take your own coffee and fast […]

Panama border

You can use the offices that organize circuits from Puerto Viejo to Cahuita; some hotels coordinate these circuits and the ATEC office. Nature was generous when it spread beauty in the area of Bocas del Toro. Their silver beaches are magnificent areas to bathe. Bocas del Toro, is a coastal island in the Atlántic some 300 miles from Panama City.

Bocas del Toro Panama

Bocas del Toro (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbokaz ðel ˈtoɾo]; meaning “Mouths of the Bull”) is a province of Panama. Its area is 4,643.9 square kilometers, comprising the mainland and nine main islands. The province consists of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Bahía Almirante (Almirante Bay), Chiriquí Lagoon, and adjacent mainland. The capital is the city of Bocas del Toro (or Bocas Town) on Isla Colón (Colón Island). Other major cities or towns include Almirante and Changuinola. The province has a population of 125,461 as of 2010.