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Limón, Costa Rica

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This coastal Caribbean getaway destination has a vibrant Afro-Caribbean culture, stunning beaches, and eco-tourism opportunities. Limón’s local music and food scene have a spectacular backdrop with some of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches. The colorful Caribbean community highlights the region's Creole and African history among its cultural centers and excursions. There are also sustainable practices throughout the region to protect the ecosystems. Travelers create unique memories on this Caribbean rainforest adventure that welcomes anyone willing to take it. Best time to travel: April to November (off-season) and December to March (peak season), June to August (storm season) Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST) Currency: Costa Rican Colón (CRC) Language: Limonese Creole (Mekatelyu), Costa Rican Spanish Noteworthy: Festival of the Black Christ (January), Limon Roots Afrocultural Festival (August), Limón Carnival (October)  Best for: Solo Travel, Couple’s Trip, Hiking Trip,...

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  • Festival of the Black Christ (January)
  • Limon Roots Afrocultural Festival (August)
  • Limón Carnival (October) 
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Gourmet: Places To Eat in Limón, Costa Rica
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Bay Park Limón

The innovative family-style Costa Rican restaurant Bay Park Limón serves innovative and classic Caribbean dishes. These include local Costa Rican recipes, steakhouse menu items, and fresh seafood options. 

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Reina's Restaurant

Reina's Restaurant sits in a prime location with open-space seating and a 360-degree view of Playa Bonita. Known for its gastronomy and pasties, it’s a great spot with one of the best Central American dishes in Costa Rica.

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Shugga Place

Visit Shugga Place for delicious brunch dishes, like omelet quesadillas, pancakes, and savory or sweet empanadas. The cafe offers a variety of flavored coffees and freshly baked desserts, such as tres leches and flan.

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Maestros Wine &amp; Grill

The Maestros Wine & Grill uses gastronomy techniques to make classic Central American flavors with mouth-watering meats, seafood, and vegetarian dishes. Maestros offers Argentinian beef empanadas, Brazilian Angus picanha, and specialty merengata cakes.

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Restaurante Cocori

As a well-established Caribbean icon for over two decades, Restaurante Cocori has a reputation for impeccable service and delicious food. With the Caribbean Sea in view, guests enjoy a hearty breakfast, satisfying lunch, romantic dinner, or refreshing cocktail.

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Tasty Waves Cantina

Tasty Waves Cantina serves fresh island pub-style dishes like C’est la vie-che, guac and chips, burritos, and burgers. The laid-back restaurant is pet-friendly and serves one-dollar shots, cold beers, and expertly crafted cocktails.

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Stay: Places To Stay in Limón, Costa Rica
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Almonds and Coral Hotel

This one-of-a-kind South Caribbean Almonds and Coral Hotel has views of the tropical rainforest and pristine golden sandy beaches. It’s perfect for nature lovers as it’s within walking distance of the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge.

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Cabinas Arrecife Cahuita

The family-owned Cabinas Arrecife Cahuita hotel lies in one of the most beautiful and biodiverse areas in Costa Rica. There's breakfast on an open-air oceanview terrace and poolside hammocks for a bit of indulgence and a lot of relaxation.

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Charming House Near The Beach

This beautiful two-bedroom charming house near the beach has a wide range of restaurants near the village of Cahuita. Close to Playa Negra, the open-layout home circulates the fresh ocean breeze with cooling wooden floors and terracotta tiles. 

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Hotel Boutique La Casa de las Flores Cahuita

The charming Hotel Boutique La Casa de las Flores lives near the white sandy beaches and protected coral reefs at the renowned Cahuita National Park. Take full advantage of the hotel's shuttle service to and from the airport, bikes, scooters, and car rentals.

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Ecolirios Hotel Boutique &amp; Spa

The Costa Rican native hotel owners of the Ecolirios Hotel Boutique & Spa commit to sharing their 5+1 sensorial philosophy. With sustainable conservation and powered entirely by solar energy, Ecolirios lets guests connect with nature without sacrificing comfort or luxury.

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Hotel Playa Bonita

Hotel Playa Bonita has 52 rooms showcasing breathtaking views of Cariari Park and Bonita Beach. Near downtown and the main docks, the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea makes for an excellent stay for seaside rejuvenation.

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Veragua Rainforest Park

Visitors can enjoy this 3,400-acre eco-adventure in the Veragua Rainforest Park. They get stunning views of the Talamanca Range which borders La Amistad International Park, Central America's largest nature reserve.

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The Chocolate Forest Experience

Indulge in The Chocolate Forest Experience set in a tropical paradise while learning the history of chocolate production in Costa Rica. This tour includes hiking through the cacao forest, a bean-to-bar chocolate workshop, and tasting fresh cacao tree fruit.

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Zipline Canopy, Tortuguero Canal Boat Tour, and Shore Excursion

This zipline and canal boat tour creates unforgettable fun for visitors to fly and dive on a rainforest eco-adventure. Guests observe native wildlife including sloths, howler monkeys, crocodiles, and more.   

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Ride The Rainforest Costa Rica

Travelers ride horses on the beach during this Ride the Rainforest excursion on Costa Rica’s gorgeous beaches and rainforests. With over 30 years of experience, the company can accommodate single, group, and family-friendly tours.

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Cahuita and Puerto Vargas Snorkeling

A local guide takes guests on this all-day Cahuita and Puerto Vargas Snorkeling tour to snorkel with over 240 marine life. There’s also a short hike through the lush green landscape of the Cahuita National Park and Puerto Vargas Beach.

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Learn The Secrets of Caribbean Cooking

In this Afro-Caribbean cooking class, guests learn the stories behind beloved dishes to recreate traditional Sunday meals. Everyone leaves with a flavorful recipe book about authentic Caribbean culture.

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Bean To Bar Artesanal Chocolate Workshop

From tree cultivation to molding to homemade souvenirs, the Bean To Bar Artesanal Chocolate Workshop teaches hands-on chocolate creation. The chocolatier instructor shares local cacao history with a tour of the lush farm near Playa Negra. 

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Tortuguero National Park

Guests can learn about the conservation efforts at the Tortuguero National Park and worth the one-hour day trip from Limón. The green turtles nest while the giant leatherbacks and hawksbills rest on this most important endangered beach site.

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