Wild waves hitting the shore of Manzanillo beach on a beautiful sunny day, near Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Cruise to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Come to Puerto Limon ready to meet a raw and beautiful side unlike any other in Costa Rica. Go off-road and through prehistoric forests in places like the famous Veragua Rainforest Park. Jump onboard a Costa Rica cruise and glide on a canoe over the Tortuguero Canal, meet wild creatures at the Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary, or get in some of the region's best surfing at the Salsa Brava reef break, just an hour's drive south of the port.
National Language Spanish
Currency Accepted Costa Rican Colón (CRC)

Things To Do in Puerto Limon

Three-toed sloth animal climbing plant in the jungle of Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Three Toed Sloth

Swept Away

Swept Away

Fly over trees on an aerial tram, zip-line through the tropical forest or spot three-toed sloths as you hike at the Veragua Rainforest Park, a 3,212-acre nature reserve with views of the remote Talamanca Range. Then head to the biological exhibit for a glimpse of the wildlife researchers as they study the creatures and vegetation that inhabit this land.

Wild Caribbean beach of Manzanillo near Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Manzanillo Beach

Get Salty

Get Salty

Costa Rica's beaches are known for their unspoiled beauty, and the ones in the province of Limon are especially popular for their Caribbean vibe. Relax in the white sand and warm waters at Playa Bonita, Playa Blanca or Puerto Viejo. Pick up souvenirs at the stalls set up by the water, sip on a fresh coconut, stroll by the shore as you take in the palm-fringed coast.

Plants of the rainforest, as seen from a boat in the canals of Tortuguero National Park in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Tortuguero National Park

Into the Wild

Limon is home to several outdoor attractions, including nature thrills like river rafting and zip-lining. If you're a nature fan looking for a more contemplative outing, then head to the Tortuguero Canal, where you can paddle among water lilies, orchids and sea turtles. Have your camera ready to catch the sloths dangling from the trees, the iguanas jumping into the water and the tropical birds overhead.

Tostones or patacones, fried green plantain slices, typical in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Tostones

Local Cuisine

Taste your way through Puerto Limon and enjoy the mealnge of Spanish and Afro-Caribbean flavors. Cruise to Puerto Limon and try the distinctive dish rondon, a hearty, ginger-spiced stew of coconut milk, yams and seafood, typically fresh white fish and crab. Or sip on an agua de sapo (ginger lemonade) and snack on patacones (fried plantains) and chicharrones, slices of deep-fried pork belly brightened up with a pinch of lime.

Artisan earthware clay vase, pottery for sale in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Clay Vase


Puerto Limon's shopping experience is as laidback as its beachy mood. Stop by casual Mercado Municipal for leatherware, ceramics, pottery and wood carvings, or go to shoreside shops in beaches like Playa Bonita for ocean-inspired souvenirs during your Costa Rica cruise.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Visit the Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary and learn about the entity's efforts to protect local wild animals.
2 Stop by the Ethno Historic Museum for a look into the region's past.

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