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Province of Limon

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Puerto Limón, commonly known as Limón, is the capital city and main hub of Limón province, as well as of the cantón of Limón in Costa Rica. It is the sixth-largest city in Costa Rica, with a population of over 55,000, and is home of a multicultural community. Part of the community traces its roots to Italian, Jamaican and Chinese laborers who worked on a late nineteenth-century railroad project that connected San José to Puerto Limón. Until 1948, the Costa Rican government did not recognize Afro-Caribbean people as citizens and restricted their movement outside Limón province. As a result of this "travel ban", this Afro-Caribbean population became firmly established in the region, which influenced the decision to not move even after it was legally permitted. Nowadays, there is an important outflow of Limón natives who move to the country's Central Valley in search for better employment and education. The Afro-Caribbean community speaks Spanish and Limonese Creole, a creole of English.Puerto Limón contains two port terminals, Limón and Moín, which permit the shipment of Costa Rican exports as well as the anchoring of cruise ships. In 2016, the government pledged ₡93 million for a new cruise ship terminal for Puerto Limón.Health care is provided for the city by Hospital Dr. Tony Facio Castro. Two small islands, Uvita Island and Isla de Pájaros, are just offshore.HistoryColonizationChristopher Columbus first dropped anchor in Costa Rica in 1502 at Isla Uvita, just off the coast of Puerto Limón. The Atlantic coast, however, was left largely unexplored by Spanish settlers until the 19th century.
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National Park
Tortuguero National Park Tortuguero
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Duration: 8 hours
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National Park
Cahuita National Park Cahuita
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Duration: 8 hours
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Beach
Punta Uva Beach Punta Uva
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Parks in Province of Limon

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Veragua Rainforest Park Puerto Limon
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Duration: 4 hours
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Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica Cahuita
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Nature / Park
Nature Observatorio Manzanillo
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Duration: 4 hours
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Nature / Park
Gandoca - Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Province of Limon

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Beach
Playa Cocles Cocles
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Manzanillo Beach Manzanillo
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Playa Bonita Puerto Limon
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Wildlife in Province of Limon

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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours Puerto Limon
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Duration: 5 hours
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Cahuita Tours Cahuita
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Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Province of Limon

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Finca La Isla Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Spa
Indulgence Spa Cocles
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Zipline
Zipline Puerto Limon
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Duration: 4 hours
Safari
Jungle Tom Safaris Day Tours Tortuguero
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Nature in Province of Limon

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Water Body
Tortuguero Canal Puerto Limon
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Waterfall
Voilo Waterfall Bribri
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Duration: 4 hours
Waterfall
Cataratas Bribri Talamanca Bribri
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Duration: 1h 30 min