PUERTO LIMON CITY

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. The good manners of the Costa Ricans will make you feel as if you are one of them and the large majority of streets are asphalt. If you go to other cities in the country the contrast is very pronounced. The architecture is very peculiar, with balconies of ironwork, metal supports and tin roofs that have fans that slowly spin. It gives it an unmistakable tropical atmosphere; and helps contribute to an even more submissive environment. Although few streets are signposted it is not difficult to find your way around in Limón; in fact two of the most interesting places are in the center. The center of Limon is 1st and 6th Avenue, and 1st and 8th Street. Unlike San José, the streets and avenues are divided in pairs and odd numbers, in Limón there are correlative numbers: 1, 2, 3. The streets are orientated from the north to the south, and its numeric denomination is from east to west; the avenues extend from the east to the west and its numerical denomination is from the south to the north. 2nd Avenue is like the main road of the city; here there are the main shops, the market and the council as well as the railway station. The railway tracks run along 1st Avenue  and offers services to the neighboring piers, where bananas need to be loaded onto the boats. On 2nd Avenue between 3rd and 4th street, you will find the brightly colored Main Market where there are fruits and fresh greens mixed with fish and shell fish from the Carribean. The adjacent streets make up the social center of the city, with food stalls and street sellers. Limón rises from the rocky Punta Piuta, which covers the main port of Moín 7 km west of Limón and Bonita Beach, 4 km to the northeast of the center. 

Information

The immigration office is located on 3rd Avenue, between 6th and 7th Street. The Hospital Tony Facio Ph (506) 2758-2222, is situated to the north of the city on the coast, and they attend emergencies.

Bank

Banco de Costa Rica Ph (506) 2798-9003, fax (506) 2758-4696. Located side northwest of the Parque Vargas. Open of Monday to Friday of 08:00 a.m to 03:00 p.m, with automatic cashier and currency change.

Banco Nacional Ph (506) 2758-0094 / 2758-0298, fax (506) 2758-0185. Located side south of the Municipal Market. Open of Monday to Friday of 08:30 a.m to 03:45 p.m and Saturday of 09:00 a.m to 01:00 p.m, the Autobanco from 08:30 a.m to 03:45 p.m, with automatic cashier and currency change.

Banco de Costa Rica Ph (506) 2758-7960, fax (506) 2758-7961. Located of the Municipality, side north of the Parque Vargas. Open of Monday to Friday of 07:30 a.m to 03:30 p.m, with automatic cashier and currency change.

Banco Popular Ph (506) 2798-0242 / 2798-0174. Located contiguous to the Cruz Roja, Limon center. Open of Monday to Friday 08:15 a.m to 03:45 p.m and Saturday of 08:15 a.m to 11:30 a.m, with automatic cashier and change of currencies.

BAC San José Ph (506) 2758-5725. Located side northwest Municipal Market, Limon. Open of Monday to Friday of 0 8:00 a.m to 06:00 p.m and Saturday of 08:00 a.m to 12:00 m.d. wirh automatic cashier and change of currencies.

Banco Scotiaback Ph (506) 2798-0009, fax (506) 2758 5601. Located in front of the National Institute of Sure (INS). Open of Monday to Friday of 08:30 a.m to 04:30 p.m and Saturday of 08:30 a.m to 03:30 p.m. Changes dollars, trip checks and they have of automatic cashiers.

 

A visit to the city.

The Vargas Park, offers views of the palms, trees and tropical flowers as well as birds, and sloths hanging from the trees. From the park you can go on a trip to the north next to the pier and see the rocky land that the city is situated on.  There are no beaches that are sufficiently clean to swim, although some 4km to the northeast of the city there is Bonita Beach, suitable for bathing and with good surf. There are picnic areas and places to eat, as well an attractive surroundings of tropical vegetation. On his fourth and last trip Cristóbal Colón disembarked at Uvita Island, situated 1km to the east of Limón. It is better to take a boat to visit this island. The best hotels offer trips here, as well as organized circuits to Tortuguero, Cahuita and other places of interest. A great place to visit is the colorful Central Market, where there are several cheap establishments to eat and where there is a lot of activity. From Limón you can travel to the Tortuguero and Barra del Colorado National Park. The city can also be a base from where you can visit Cahuita National Park, the Hitoy Cerere Reserve, and the area in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. To the south of the Limón the highway, that runs parallel to the sea towards Cahuita, gives access to kilometers of beaches with clean water and beautiful streams. Among the Vizcaya and Negro stream, are lines of coconut trees that give color and beauty to the coast.

Celebration

On the 12th of October, the Limón carnivals are known in many Latin American countries as the Day of Culture, the day that Christopher Columbus arrived on Uvita Island is celebrated here with a lot of enthusiasm. Tourists swarm to the city to participate in this party. Parades, dances, music and songs create the carnival atmosphere that lasts for five days.