Bonita, Portete and Moin Beach

Bonita, Portete and Moin Beach

4 km to the north of Limón is Bonita Beach. It is a beautiful bay that is abundant in vegetation, equipped with some picnic tables and games for children. The beach is sandy and sometimes mild, but sometimes there are undercurrents. The surf championship is celebrated. If you head towards Limón via highway 32 to the west you will need to take a left turn at the exit to Moín, some 6 km from Limón, from there you will continue a further 3 km, and before you get to Moín, you will need to take a right turn along a road that goes along the coast, to Portete and Bonita Beach, where there are fishing boats and you can enjoy lobster and fish underneath the palm trees, the same route works to return to Limón. You can also arrive by taking a route that passes by the hospital. If you prefer to travel by bus from Limon, you will need to take a bus from the center or take a taxi.

Moín

Located 7 km to the west of Limón, the entry port to the Tortuguero Canals. Here you can hire boats that will take you along the canals, and there are some boats that also travel to Parismina, Tortuguero or Barra del Colorado. To the north of Moin is the Barra de Matina Beach, where between February and July and peaking between April and May there are hundreds of green turtles that come to lay eggs. A project with public and private entities, have organized groups of volunteers to patrol the beaches during these times. Once they are born the turtles are freed into the see – liberating them from several predators that are present on the beach.

How to arrive and leave

By Bus

The services to Moín leave from Limón several times every hour from 06:00 a.m.  You can board the bus opposite the cathedral or at the Gran Terminal Caribe.

By Boat

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. Almost everyday passenger boats and cargo boats travel here.  The trip to Tortuguero lasts two hours and a half, depending on the boat. The most common way to travel is on a private boat, that costs 45 US$ round trip per person with a minimum of 3. The boats that travel the earliest usually depart between 07:00 a.m and 08:00 a.m. After lunch, and a brief visit to Tortuguero, they return after two hours and a half, although it is also possible to spend the night and return the following day. In Moín there is secure parking, but you should not leave valuables in the car.