Caribbean Coast Travel Guide

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Photo of Caribbean Coast Photo: Costa Rica Tourist Board (ICT)

Plan Your Caribbean Coast Vacation

The tourist brochures tout the country's Caribbean coast as "the other Costa Rica." Everything about this part of Costa Rica seems different: different culture, different history, different climate, and different activities. This region was long ago discovered by European adventure seekers—you're quite likely to hear Dutch and German spoken by the visitors here—but is much less known in North American circles.

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Caribbean Coast Hotels

The high-rise, glitzy resorts of the Pacific coast are nowhere to be found in the Caribbean. The norm here is small,... read more

Restaurants

Caribbean Coast Restaurants

The many open-air dining spots out here provide you with that ultimate tropical dining experience, with Puerto Viejo de... read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in Caribbean Coast

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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Caribbean Coast Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to the Caribbean Coast

    Dolphin-watching: Bottlenose, tucuxi, and Atlantic spotted dolphins ply the southern Caribbean coast. Food and flavors:... Read more

  • Tortuguero National Park

    At various times of the year, four species of sea turtles—green, hawksbill, loggerhead, and giant leatherback—lumber up the 35 km (22... Read more

  • Cahuita National Park

    In a land known for its dark-sand beaches, the coral-based white sand of Cahuita National Park (Parque Nacional Cahuita) is a real... Read more

  • Eco-Lodges in the Caribbean

    Year-round rainfall begets year-round greenery on the Caribbean coast. You can count on lushness here when the rest of Costa Rica's... Read more

  • Rain Forest Adventures

    Just 15 km (9 miles) beyond the northeastern boundary of Braulio Carrillo, a 1,200-acre reserve houses a privately owned and operated... Read more

  • The Nicas

    Immigration issues generate intense debate in the United States and Western Europe. Who would guess that it has become a contentious... Read more

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