Most people often use Puerto Limón as a stopover on their way to Tortuguero or Cahuita National Parks. However, this city does have some interesting things to offer. The biggest surprise of this city is how different it is from the other cities in Costa Rica. Heavily influenced by the Afro-Caribbean culture, most of the residents in Puerto Limon are of Caribbean decent. They also have their own language and dialect. A great way to observe life in this city is to visit the Parque Vargas that sits in the east end of town facing the Atlantic Ocean.
Puerto Limon also has some fascinating architecture and colorful open air market places. The main market in the center of town is the place to go to buy everything from wood carved items to traditional souvenirs.
When to go
The climate along the Caribbean coastline is pretty much perfect. Puerto Limón has average temperatures of 30°C (86°F) during the day and 21°C (70°F) at night. It's the wettest region in Costa Rica, with most rain falling in July, and from November to January.
How to get there
Puerto Limón is the transport hub of the Caribbean coast. The airstrip is about 4km (2.5mi) south of town. Buses to/from San José, Moín, Guápiles and Siquirres arrive at Terminal Caribeño on the west side, walking distance from all the hotels. Buses south depart from Autotransportes Mepe .
Most travelers do not need a visa to enter the country including those from Canada, U.S., Europe, Australia, the UK, Argentina, Israel, Japan, Panama, South Korea and Uruguay. Visitors can stay for up to 90 days. Note that it may be required to show a return ticket, ticket to another country, or proof of funds to purchase such tickets before being permitted to enter the country.
On guided tours, tip the guide US$1.00 to US$5.00 per person per day, and tip the tour driver about half of what you tip the guide. Naturally, tips depend upon quality of service. Taxi drivers are not normally tipped, unless some special service is provided. Upscale restaurants may add a 10% service charge to the bill. If not, you might leave a small tip to show your appreciation, but it is not required.