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Limon, which is properly called Puerto Limón, is the capital city of the Limón Province in Costa Rica with about 100,000 inhabitants. It is located along the Caribbean coastline. It is the most important Costa Rican port on the Caribbean and it not only ships Costa Rican products out but is also a busy cruise ship destination.



Sights and Activities

The Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge is located south of Puerto Viejo near Punta Uva. The refuge is free to visit and can be reached by a bus to Manzanillo. You can as well get to Gandoca from Sixaola via taxi or private car. From the highway, it is 8 km until the beach of Gandoca which lies pretty much on the border to Panama. In Gandoca you can stay as well over night. From February until May, turtles come to the beach to lay their eggs there.



Getting There

By Bus

There is frequent bus service (hourly) from San José to Puerto Limón. Some buses continue along the southern Caribbean Coast to Sixaola, with stops in Cahuita and Puerto Viejo. To travel to a number of other destinations, you'll need to change the bus in Puerto Limón.

By Boat

One of the best ways to see the southernmost Caribbean islands or surrounding South American islands is via a cruise.




Keep Connected


It's easy to find internet access, and although you can still can find a lot of internet cafes, wifi is growing fast in the country. The further away you get from San Jose, the slower and more expensive it becomes when you are using an internet cafe. Wifi is generally free of charge at most places though and apart from off the beaten track parks, jungles and mountains, the connection generally is ok. Some internet cafés also offer international calls via either phone or IP using services like Skype.


See also: International Telephone Calls

  • The country calling code to Costa Rica is 506.
  • To make an international call from Costa Rica, the code is 00.

There are plenty of phone booths around and you will get the best rate using a pre-paid international card (can often be purchased in internet cafés and other small stores). There is usually a connection fee making short calls extra expensive. International calls are fairly expensive. The cheapest way to make them is over the internet using a service such as Skype at an Internet café. But making short calls using the domestic calling cards (you can make international calls using these but the denominations of the calling cards are quite small so your call will be short!) or the international calling cards available within Costa Rica (all from the government phone monopoly ICE) is the next best deal.

Those travelling with a mobile phone and willing to pay the roaming costs should ensure it supports 1,800 MHz GSM network. Note that the GSM phone systems in the United States and Canada use different frequencies and that travelers from there will need a "world" handset, such as a tri-band or quad-band phone, if you want to use your existing cell phone. If you want to use a local Costa Rica number, you can rent cell phone service, and of course anyone can buy a cell phone. If you have an unlocked cell phone (either one from home or bought in Costa Rica - all cell phones sold in Costa Rica must be unlocked), prepaid (prepago) SIM cards can provide a local number and service can be purchased throughout the country by anyone with a passport from any country. Try using companies like Grupo ICE under the Kölbi brand, TuYo Movil, Movistar and Claro.


Correos de Costa Rica (website in Spanish only) is the national postal services of Costa Rica. You can find post offices (correos) in almost any city and town and they are generally open from 7:30am to 5:30pm or 6:00pm Monday to Friday and 7:30am to noon on Saturdays. There are not that many mailboxes, so it's best to ask your hotel or go directly to the post offices. Services tend to be slow but generally reliable and on the whole cheap regarding letters and postcards. It costs about US$0.20 to the USA and Canada (taking about 1 week to 10 days), US$0.25 to Europe (about 2 weeks) and US$0.30 to Asia and Australia (3 weeks or even more). All in all, if you can try and arrange your mail from the capital San José as it's generally quicker from there. Small packages are also no problem, though take them to the post offices unpacked for inspection first! Otherwise, arrange things through private international courier services like UPS, FedEx, DHL or TNT.


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