Puerto Limon Tourist Attractions

Puerto Limón is a port city and the capital of Limón province. A lively and busy town, Puerto Limón and the surrounding districts have a population of 76,000; 30% of the entire population of the Limón province. Puerto Limón is one of the only cities in Costa Rica with a predominately black population, and locals refer to the city simply as Limón.
Historically a port city, Limón does not have a reputation as a "tourist" city. Nevertheless, Limón is enduring a change and become a gateway to some of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches. Good vistas of the rocky headlands upon which the city is built can be seen from the sea walls. Occasionally, cruise ships may dock at Puerto Limón.

Columbus Day Festival

Known locally as El Día de la Raza, Columbus Day (October 12) is enthusiastically celebrated in Puerto Limón. Due to Columbus' historic landing on Uvita Island, thousands of visitors come to the city for the carnival atmosphere. Festivities include music, singing, and dancing for four or five days.

Central Market

This colorful market is one of Limón's best attractions. Very crowded and bustling with activity, the market offers some of the cheapest meals in town.

Uvita Island

Columbus landed on this island on his fourth and last transatlantic voyage. The island lies 1km/0.62mi east of the mainland.

Vargas Park

Limón's attractive park is situated on the waterfront and is lined with tall palms and tropical flowers. Careful observers will spot sloths in the tropical trees.

Ethnohistorical Museum of Limón

Ethnohistorical Museum of Limón offers exhibits on local culture and history.
Address: Calle 4, Costa Rica

Pretty Beach

This attractive beach is popular with surfers but can be dangerous for swimming.

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