A Brief Look Some of Its Features
One of Costa Rica’s biggest pulls is that this island has such a diversity, not just of topology but of culture, animals and activities. If you think ‘you’ve seen one island, you’ve seen them all’ you would be sorely mistaken as Costa Rica is a shining example of just how much variance you can get on a fairly small amount of land. Here there are many facets to the island and its areas all have their own features and their own personality, one of which is its Caribbean side.
Since it is located in Central America it is often to forget just how close to the Caribbean islands it really is. With one side on the Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica is in a prime spot to get the climate that most people love about countries on the equator. But the weather isn’t the only thing that is shared between these places, the Caribbean has a large influence on the North-eastern region of the island which has several well-loved features, including the following.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
This town on the coast of Limon is a fine example of the Caribbean influence that has made its way here, it will be easy to see just from the beaches that this area has a relaxed feel about it. Here a laid-back attitude is common as the townspeople who come from a combination of several neighbouring islands including Jamaica, Trinidad, the Bahamas and more. Here you can expect to find foods that reflect the heritage of those islands and the shops are full of much different merchandise than other regions.
Cahuita National Park
Sitting beside the beautiful blue waters of the beaches here is a national park that has so much to see you will want to put a good portion of your day aside to visit. From the beaches to the rich forests further inland, the nature here is breath-taking, enjoy the shade of the luscious palms as you follow the flow of the rivers that will allow you to meet the animal life. Depending on the time of year and your luck you can expect to see monkeys, snakes and many beautiful birds along the way too.
Playa Cocles Beach
Get your toes in the clean sands here at one of the most loved beachside spots. Here you can lounge in the tropical sun (remember to bring sunscreen), get your surf on or even do some snorkelling as the clear waters grant you great visibility underneath the waves. Just keep in mind that this area is very popular and can get busy when in season.
If the refreshing fruits and freshly caught seafood of the area just doesn’t do it for you, there is a more indulgent option available. Thanks to the historic Bribri people of this area, the cultivation of cocoa beans has been a popular trade for many years. Today you can bask in the wonders of their skill as you witness the process of making that sweet treat, we all love and at the end you will be able to taste some handmade product too.