The Caribbean Region, stretching along the entire Caribbean coast from Nicaragua in the north to Panama in the south, is unlike anything else in Costa Rica thanks to its unique African-American heritage. Virtual slaves and indentured workers were shipped from Jamaica and a few other Caribbean islands at the beginning of the 20th century as cheap labor for the railroad and banana companies, and their culture shaped the area. The Caribbean Region is where you will find
Costa Rica’s best indigenous cuisine, some white sand beaches, and a core community of Afro-Caribbean descent who preserve their English-language dialect and unique cultural imprint. The lush green tropical jungles, rich mangroves, lagoons and canals in and near Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast just south of the San Juan River separating Costa Rica and Nicaragua are a constant lure for tourists.
There are many eco-lodges specializing in multi-day, all-inclusive tours from San José, and when you fly in from San José, you will pass over countless acres of banana plantations on the way. Not only is there an incredibly rich panorama of tropical wildlife, but the area is one of the world’s most popular destinations for anglers seeking to do battle with the majestic, prehistoric Tarpon, one of the world’s premier gamefish.
Costa Rica’s only true rain forest is to be found in the Caribbean region, near Sarapiquí, inland from the coast. Three hours from San José, the old town of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, once for a brief time the capital of all Costa Rica, is the gateway to this beautiful area, its lush winding river system, humid climate, and its countless exotic tropical species of flora and fauna, especially birds. Hotels and eco-lodges in the area offer wonderful guided tours and excursions.
Those who are considering buying property in Costa Rica can join the many expats who have already purchased homes and settled in communities in and around Guapiles and Siquirres along the highway from San José to the commercial port of Limón, the Caribbean Region’s largest city and capital of the province of the same name, and further south in the coastal towns of Cahuita and Puerto Viejo. Beautiful coral reefs, some white sand beaches, great cuisine, the laid-back Caribbean ambiance and relatively inexpensive tourist accommodation draw thousands to the coast south of Limón, along with many who have chosen to and can buy waterfront and beach properties and houses for sale at attractive prices.