Highlights of Limon
You won't want to miss this unforgettable tour of Costa Rica. On this tour of Limon, you will learn the most important aspects of the Afro-Caribbean Culture of Costa Rica and see the rich wildlife of this fascinating region. As you travel to each location on your tour, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful Puerto Limon coastline on the scenic coastal roads.
Your tour begins with a short city tour. History records that in 1502, Christopher Columbus landed in Costa Rica at the place known as Puerto Limon. Admire the architecture in the city's old quarter, the city's beautiful parks, and charming open air market.
Stretch your legs on a 45 minute nature walk at Cahuita National Park. Cahuita, whose name comes from the indigenous words "kawe" (mahogany) and "ta" (point), was created in 1970 to protect the country's largest coral reef. One hundred twenty-three species of fish have been listed here, along with a variety of corals and other invertebrates. The park also protects an example of tropical moist forest, along with swamps forest and marshland. Cahuita is a perfect place for those who want to enjoy a beautiful tropical beach, the rain forest, and abundant wildlife. Walk down a flat and shady trail that runs along the shoreline, and enjoy the rich biodiversity of the area. Monkeys, sloths, iguanas, toucans, colorful frogs, and many other species are very common to see during this tour. This is a very easy walk for all, from kids to seniors.
After your nature walk, you will visit a banana plantation, where you will hear many interesting facts about this amazing fruit and its harvesting, processing, packing, and exportation. Costa Rica is the second-largest banana producer in the world; 80% of the plantations are located in Limon province, making it one of the most important economic activities in the region. All in all, it's a truly interesting cultural experience that you can't miss.
Your tour continues with a boat ride on the Tortuguero Canals. Board your covered boat for a 60-minute leisurely cruise through the jungle canals. Learn about the rainforest ecosystem from your knowledgeable guide, who will point out interesting sights along the way. Keep an eye out for local wildlife, including howler monkeys, sloths, toucans, aquatic birds, bats, and crocodiles, as well as exotic flora.
During your Limon Highlights tour, you will enjoy browsing through different souvenir stores. The Caribbean enjoys a wondrous diversity of cultures: Afro-Costa Rican, Bribri and Cabecar, Asian, Italian, and Central American, among others. Besides food, the region features a collection of cultural activities and traditions which make it unique from the rest of the country.
Please Note: The packing house and working areas at the banana plantation are restricted areas, and will not be visited on the tour. This tour takes place in a rainforest. During the rainy season (usually from September to November), please bring a raincoat. This tour operates rain or shine.
Reviewer: Kim Akhavan
I highly recommend this excursion. Our family’s tour began with a scenic drive in Eric’s air-conditioned van through the Limon countryside to the Tortuguero canal, where we saw loads of wildlife on our hour-long cruise, including spider monkeys, howler monkeys, iguanas, a toucan, oropendula, and more. Thereafter, we stopped by a banana plantation and observed part of the process of raising the crops. We arrived shortly thereafter in Cahuita National Park, where we took a walk through the jungle adjacent to the beach to observe sloths, a raccoon, a boa, medicinal plant life, and more. Our last stop was at a roadside souvenir shop, where I sampled and bought the amazing Costa Rican coffee. Aside from the attractions, my family truly enjoyed riding around Costa Rica through towns and countrysides, listening to Renato’s stories about life in Limon. The tour felt very intimate, which will make us remember it forever. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to experience Costa Rica.
Reviewer: Michael Moore
11 of us boarded a small 14 passenger Mercedes bus at the ship terminal and were driven through the small town of Limon to an area with access to numerous canals via 25-person boats. Lots of wildlife and flora, some more interesting than others depending on what happened to show up. Then off to the centerpiece of the tour at Cahuita national park on the southern seashore. Lots of monkeys, sloths, raccoons, termites, and a large variety of birds in about a half mile walk on a sandy path. Lots of locals use the park. Able to stop along highway to get close to banana plants, which could not be done with larger buses. Return trip to Limon stopped at a local restaurant with excellent food and also at a decent sized souvenir shop. Tour operators very aware of concerns about returning to ship on time, which is exploited by ship-sponsored competing tours. No problem at all. Our tour director, a young woman, spoke clear English.
Reviewer: John Chase
Tour guide was informative and fun. Enjoyed our day alot
Reviewer: HOWARD BROWN
Everything went well, beginning with an easy pickup at the Pier. The guide and driver both were knowledgeable and helpful. We saw a variety of animals, reptiles and birds. Overall, a very good tour
Reviewer: Robin Stearns
What a wonderful way to experience the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Wonderful guide that shared his knowledge and love of his country. He took us for authentic food that was not on the itinerary. We learned how bananas grow, saw sloths and monkeys, hiked and boated through rain forest.