Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

2018 HAL World Cruise

Puerto Limon was first explored by Christopher Columbus as he awaited ship repairs following a hurricane.  Columbus thought there was gold here.  And so, he called the area the “Rich Coast.”  After Costa Rica gained its independence from Spain in 1821, the true wealth of the nation was discovered in the soil—rich for growing coffee!  Puerto Limon is the main port for exporting both coffee and bananas.

Docked in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Docked in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
In Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
In Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Unfortunately, Puerto Limon is in an area of active earthquakes.  The town looks rundown. It never fully recovered from a devastating 1991 earthquake.  Most tourists will take a tour to a plantation outside of town or to the Tortuguero Canals.  For those who stay in town, there is a lively market selling everything from ordinary household necessities to traditional souvenirs.

You can buy everything here.  From school uniforms.....

You can buy everything here. From school uniforms…..

to bananas!

……to bananas!

The main tourist attraction is Parque Vargas, an expanse of land beneath a jungle of tall palms.  The sidewalks are line with benches and there is a bandstand in the center.  Sculpted artwork is scattered throughout.  The day we were here, a mama sloth and her baby were in one of trees.  Now that was cool!

Mama and baby sloths in a tree at Vargas Park
Mama and baby sloths in a tree at Vargas Park
Vargas Park
Vargas Park
Vargas Park Bandstand
Vargas Park Bandstand
The SuuperMarket
The SuperMarket
Look closely....isn't Great Value a WalMart brand?
Look closely….isn’t Great Value a WalMart brand?
Pretty modern looking store.  Wonder if WalMart owns it!
Pretty modern looking store. Wonder if WalMart owns it!

The MS Amsterdam docked in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Ms Amsterdam prepares to leave for the Panama Canal.

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Puerto Limon, Costa Rica”

    1. Hi Judy, Thanks for starting a conversation! The unit of currency is the colon. I believe the exchange rate is around 1000 colons to the dollar. I bought a magnet at the Bayshore Mall that was priced at 4000 colons. The merchant accepted US dollars and was happy with $4.00. Thanks for following our journey! Sandy

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