This week, we travel to Limon Caribbean province of Costa Rica.
The diversity of Caribbean coasts, beaches and natural diversity are so extense many of our nationals have barely visited Limon. I myself only have visited a handful of beaches and the main port. First stop will be Tortuguero, even though it has to be reached by boat, you first have to get to the coast and travel up river by boat. Tortuguero is a small coastal town, formed by a small island town and rivers, lagoons, and canals. It’s currently located in an area of natural conservation making a lot of the local hotels to be ecofriendly.
aerial shot of the town, this town is mainly fishing town. All the locals live fishing and boating in the river. The coastal side to the beach is open sea. Its tides are strong, and turtles come every year to lay their eggs. This is a sight to see, I’ve experienced it first hand, and the town itself is aware of this and makes a special effort to have lights facing only away from the coast since this affects the turtles travel patterns and can make them never return again to lay eggs.
Mawamba lodge, is one of the most popular hotels in the area. This hotel is beautiful, I traveled here during a trip to help a school in the area, its service, rooms and restaurant is top notch. We painted the school brought donations and, threw them a party.
Image 7- As I said VAST flora we traveled the canals when I was there for about 3 hours, and we barely got a few kilometers away from our hotel, we say crocodiles, otters, birds we can dream existed, and iguanas the size of crocodiles.
But there is much more to Limon, Puerto Viejo a coastal town full of energy, hotels, restaurants and beautiful beaches.
Puerto Viejo has a lot of life to it, small boutique shops, souvenirs and great tasting food. Communicating with the locals shouldn’t be an issue as many of the locals speak English or at least somewhat know the language.
Not far from the center of the town, you can find beautiful hotels. Almonds and Corals, I visited during a travel with school in Manzanillo. This is close to a few beaches and the mountain range of Talamanca. This hotel is located in mangrove, where they made elevated wood bridges to allow the animals to move freely. Everything from pathway to buildings are purpose built to haromonize with nature. Did I mention they are also located beach front
Finally we reach my personal favorite beach, when I first visited this beach I was very young and didn’t fully appreciate it, wasn’t after traveling around many others big popular beaches that I noticed something. Limon’s ocean is different, the color of the water and the sand, and for once the beaches are not full with tourist it’s a more private environment. And as I traveled with a relative that had lived there for few years he knew his way around the place. He took me to a beach you had to walk about 20minutes to reach, and it was incredible. I’m proud that Costa Rica makes and effort to protect places like Gandoca manzanillo, and Tortuguero, knowing what is really important for the future and to preserve unique places.