Hotels on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast
Costa Rica’s crystal-clear Caribbean Coast has everything from uber-modern spa hotels to palm-covered rainforest lodges to cater to all pockets. Search for your perfect place to stay in the main town of Limón, or track down a hotel in the Tortuguero National Park to the north, and along the stretch of tropical beach resorts between Puerto Viejo de Talamanca and Manzanillo to the south.
Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast
Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast is a relatively undiscovered part of the country. Sparsely populated and with one substantial town in Limón, the region as a real Caribbean feel with an exciting range of coastal, cultural and natural attractions. An area less well known to people on package tours, it holds particular appeal to wildlife buffs and off-the-beaten-track adventurers. The coast’s chief attractions include the Tortuguero National Park, where you can find a hotel so you’re close to where the green sea turtle and hawksbill turtle lay their eggs between July and October; the unspoiled coral reefs of Cahuita and Punta Uva; and the wildlife-spotting opportunities in the many mangrove swamps.
Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero National Park lies in the remote north of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. It covers some 73 square miles of coastal lagoons and mangrove swamps, waterways and dense tropical rainforest. The turtles are the chief draw, and the sight of these gentle giants laying their eggs in the moonlit sand before lumbering back to the surf is one that you will never forget. The park is also home to howler, capuchin and spider monkeys, manatees and fishing bats, and a dazzling variety of fish and bird species. Visitors have the chance to experience Tortuguero’s many waterways by boat, canoe or kayak.
Other Caribbean Coastal Attractions
Cahuita National Park near the town of Cahuita is best-known for its wonderfully unspoiled coral reef, home to scores of species of corals, molluscs, crustaceans and fish. With hotels near the park, you can wander the coastal forest and maybe glimpse sloths, coatis, tamanduas and monkeys. The Foundation Jaguar Rescue Centre is a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre which offers guided tours in various languages, and where visitors can meet the resident cats, monkeys, anteaters, birds and many other species.