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Limón Province, Limon, Costa Rica
A rain forest has layers of life, and the view from the canopy is totally different from the on-the-ground perspective (which is especially tough when you're trying to make sure you don't lose a hiking boot in the damp muck). Swooping over the...
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Av 3, Limón, Costa Rica

It'd be easy to look at the ultramodern concrete exterior of Sagrado Corazón and think, "Cathedral? Really?" before walking by, but don't make that mistake. The interior is worthy of both the designation of cathedral and your time. The...

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Limón Province, Costa Rica
It's diminutive, to be sure, but “Little Grape Island” has a big claim to historical fame: Christopher Columbus landed here in 1502, anchoring his ships for repairs. Since then, a lot has happened (and been rumored to have happened) on this...
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Take a pontoon boat tour down the Tortuguero Canals, referred to as Costa Rica's Amazon because of the lush flora and abundant fauna. The canals, which are both natural and human-made, are a popular spot for visitors keen to get an easy-access...
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Limón Province, Costa Rica
Lots of whitewater aficionados come to Costa Rica specifically for the country's rapids, which range from novice-friendly Class I to experts-only Class V. The Pacuare isn't ideal to try on your own if you're not a frequent rafter, but with an...
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126, Heredia, Sarapiquí, Costa Rica
Whether you're the type of conscientious consumer who cares about where your food comes from or you just happen to love chocolate a lot, the 2.5-hour tour of a cacao plot within the Tirimbina Biological Reserve is a day trip made for you. A guide...
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Braulio Carrillo's an interesting national park, one that's easily accessible because of a highway that blazes right around it—yet it contains enough biodiversity to make you feel like you're in a place much more remote. There are more than 500...
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36, Limón Province, Costa Rica
Even if you don't consider yourself an animal person, it's hard to resist the odd charm of the sloth, one of the most easily spotted mammals in Costa Rica. Easiest of all, though, is spotting them at this Cahuita sanctuary dedicated to their care....
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32, San José Province, Guapiles, Costa Rica
If you've walked through a Costa Rican rain forest, you've undoubtedly seen plenty to capture your interest: one or more of the country's 1,400+ orchid species, brilliantly plumed birds, maybe even one of the elusive mammals so strange in...
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In front of Villas del Caribe, Limón Province, Punta Cocles, Costa Rica
In a country often referred to as the world's originator of the eco-tourism model, it should come as little surprise that one of the top attractions in southern Costa Rica is a center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured and...
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If you're hungry but you also need a beach fix, Banana Azul at Azul Beach Club is a great option, as it's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Midday options include burgers, sandwiches and wraps, and meals can be enjoyed in the restaurant or on...
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Cahuita Main Rd, Limón Province, Cahuita, Costa Rica
The friendly owner and chef for whom this Cahuita restaurant is named loves to give a personal touch to every guest's experience, so don't be surprised if she approaches your table to ask what you feel like eating and then whips up something just...
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Playa Negra, Limón Province, Cahuita, 7302, Costa Rica
If you need to take a break from gallo pinto, El Girasol offers a tasty alternative. Large portions and friendly service are the hallmarks of this white-tablecloth Italian restaurant with sunflower-yellow walls. It's located off the main drag in...
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Limón Province, Cahuita, Costa Rica
Shrimp cocktail, grilled whole snapper and an Afro-Caribbean stew called rondón are favorites on the menu at Palenque Luisa. Live music adds ambiance to the dining experience inside a colorful houselike setting in Cahuita. Cocktails feature...
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Cahuita, Costa Rica
Spectacular seafood and a stellar view of the waters from which it was sourced are the strengths of this restaurant in the town of Cahuita. Many guests also love the wildlife—including a sloth—that often make appearances in the trees surrounding...
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Limón Province, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
This surfer town draws tourists keen to catch a wave, so it's little wonder that it's chockablock with folks who want to sell their wares to the visitors. From New Agey shops to a farmers market, there are lots of opportunities to shop and support...
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Limón Province, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Love locally made handicrafts and artwork? If so, Luluberlu Gallery is a must-visit boutique. Backpacks made of colorful oilcloth prints, batik sarongs (perfect for the beach) and jewelry made of seeds and shells are among the items for sale here....
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calle4, Calle 4, Limón, 70101, Costa Rica
Visiting local markets is a fun travel pastime, even if you've got no plans to buy any of the wares. Limón's Mercado Municipal (or Municipal Market) is a typical Costa Rican food market, with locally produced fruit, vegetables, meat and fish all...
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Next To Tasty Waves Playa Cocles, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Locally sourced coffee and bean-to-bar chocolate are the specialties at this family-run shop. The latter includes bars studded with spices (anise, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg among them) and laced with lime, mint or tarragon leaves. Try the shop's...