Tortuguero and the Caribbean Coast: Places to Explore


The Southern Caribbean Coast

The landscape along the Guápiles Highway changes from farmland to tropics as you approach the port city of Limón. Place names change, too. You'll see signs to towns called Bristol, Stratford, and Liverpool, reflecting the region's British Caribbean heritage. At first look, tourist havens par excellence Cahuita and Puerto Viejo de Talamanca still resemble the cluttered beach towns first discovered by European backpackers over two decades ago. But both have grown up and now offer a terrific selection of fine dining and gracious lodging to complement the beaches, surfing, partying, and nature for which this area has long been known.


The Southern Caribbean Coast at a Glance

Elsewhere in Tortuguero and the Caribbean Coast


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