Limon, Costa Rica

Costa Rica's Limon Province boasts pristine beaches, sprawling banana plantations and dense rainforest.

These Caribbean lowlands are still sparsely populated--nearly a third of the province's population lives around Puerto Limon--and conservation efforts have led to growing eco-tourism. Limon Province offers other charms as well. Afro-Caribbean influences abound, from the lilting speech and reggae rhythms brought by Jamaican settlers to the colorful bungalows lining small fishing villages. Limon is a zesty little slice of heaven.

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Points of Interest

  • Tortuguero Canals
  • Rainforest Aerial Tram
  • Canopy Zipline Tour
  • Sloth Sanctuary
  • Plantations
  • Veragua Rainforest
  • Train Tour
  • River Rafting
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  • Tortuguero Canals

    Embark on a fascinating journey down the canals system that links remote Barra del Colorado and Tortuguero with Puerto Limón, and discover the less traveled Caribbean side of Costa Rica.

  • Rainforest Aerial Tram

    Take an unforgettable tram ride above the rainforest's treetops and observe wildlife found only within the canopy system on a 1,200-acre private nature preserve.

  • Canopy Zipline Tour

    Enjoy this exhilarating experience as you glide through the rainforest on specially-built traverses and cables for a bird's-eye view of the rainforest canopy.

  • Sloth Sanctuary

    Meet the sloths in the care of this acclaimed rescue center featured in Animal Planet's "Meet the Sloths." Two tour options are offered for sloth lovers of all ages.

  • Plantations

    Costa Rica's plantations dot the landscape with their rich history, offering tours through rows of enormous banana and coffee plants, fields of sugar cane, and trees ripe with cacao and macadamias.

  • Veragua Rainforest

    At this research center and park, see the world's largest indoor nocturnal frog exhibit. Visit a butterfly garden, a reptile habitat and a hummingbird garden. Ride a canopy tram and hike the trails.

  • Train Tour

    Ride aboard the historic railroad that birthed Costa Rica's banana industry and enjoy the lush scenery just outside your window, where you might spot howler monkeys and two-toed sloths!

  • River Rafting

    Lined with verdant foliage, the Reventazon River offers a glimpse at local wildlife-including toucans, herons and iguanas-and offers an exciting ride along its Class II rapids.

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Limon Waterfront & Backstreet Canals

2.5 hours | Limon | LIO-615

Discover the highlights of Puerto Limon by waterway on an in-depth boat ride that circumnavigates "Isla Uvita," where Christopher Columbus once anchored his ships. You'll take in Puerto Limon's colorful waterfront district and wend through the canals for breathtaking views of native flora and fauna.

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LIMON COUNTRYSIDE & BANANITO VILLAGE

3.75 hours | Limon | LIO-115
  • Plantations

Savor the tropical flavors of Puerto Limon with an immersive tour of the United Fruit Company. Sample traditional foods, popular sweets, and roasted chocolate beans before heading to the banana plantations of Bananito Village and the chance to shop for souvenirs.

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Scenic Drive & Folkloric Show

2.75 hours | Limon | LIO-120
  • Tortuguero Canals

Glimpse the traditional Costa Rican way of life and take in its natural splendor on a half-day adventure that offers a narrated drive through Puerto Limón taking in a variety of attractions and includes a colorful folkloric performance and a little souvenir shopping.

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Historic Banana Route Railway Journey

3.25 hours | Limon | LIO-170
  • Plantations
  • Train Tour

All aboard the historic banana train for an "a-peeling" adventure through time on the railroad that gave birth to the banana industry. The Atlantic Railroad is considered the Panama Canal of Costa Rica. Your quaint, open-air rail car journey includes stunning scenery, expert narration, and photo stops. A snack is included.

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$59.95

Rainforest Walk, Canal Cruise & Countryside

4 hours | Limon | LIO-110
  • Tortuguero Canals

Discover rural Limon on a tour of a private reserve featuring a guided walk through a portion of the tropical rainforest. Then, glide along the placid waters of the famous Tortuguero Canals, known as Costa Rica's Amazon, by pontoon, taking in the flora and fauna. Refresh with fruit and souvenir shopping.

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$64.95

Puerto Viejo Beach Break & Shopping

7 hours | Limon | LIO-395

Some of the best beaches in Costa Rica are on the Caribbean side, and Puerto Viejo Beach is no exception. A 90-minute drive brings you to the shores of this beautiful stretch of sand that is part of a boutique Beach Club. Enjoy sun and fun, then explore the marketplace for handicrafts.

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$69.95

Tortuguero Canals Cruise

3 hours | Limon | LIO-610
  • Tortuguero Canals

Travel to the region hailed as Costa Rica's Amazon for a leisurely pontoon boat ride through the rainforest. Included on this excursion is a tropical fruit buffet.

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$79.95

Monster Bus & Rainforest Exploration

4 hours | Limon | LIO-100
  • Plantations

Take a rockin' and rollin' Monster Bus, equipped with giant tires that can handle the uneven terrain, and set out into the rugged countryside to discover the natural beauty of Costa Rica. Travel coastal roads, cut through lively villages, stop for a guided nature walk and visit a working banana plantation.

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CULTURAL JOURNEY & SOUL FOOD DELIGHT

4 hours | Limon | LIO-125

Here's an adventure that offers a little bit of everything you look for while on vacation! Stroll through Limon's historic central park, enjoy free time at Playa Bonita beach, feel the beat of calypso music during a live performance, and get hand's-on with a lesson in Caribbean cooking!

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Costa Rica Jungle Kayak Adventure

4.5 hours | Limon | LIO-880

Enjoy a tranquil and eco-friendly mode of transportation when you see the beauty of the jungle from the seat of a kayak on this half-day adventure. Wildlife and spectacular vegetation accompany you as your guide navigates through the placid lagoon. Fresh fruit is offered at the end of the day.

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A Day with Costa Rica's Native People: Conservation & Culture

4.5 hours | Limon | LIO-250

Experience the impact social tourism can have when you interact with the locals and contribute to their community. Visit an organic orchard, a forest recovery site, and local artisans to admire their handicrafts. Proceeds go to the Foundation for Rainforest Research & Preservation.

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$99.95

Train Ride, Tortuguero Canals & Countryside

4.5 hours | Limon | LIO-600
  • Tortuguero Canals
  • Train Tour

Double your fun with two star attractions that showcase the incredible natural beauty of the region. All aboard the historic banana train for an adventure through time on the railroad that gave birth to the banana industry. Then, relax on a leisurely Tortuguero Canals pontoon cruise highlighting incredibly diverse plants and wildlife.

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Class II Rafting on the Reventazon River & Snack

5.5 hours | Limon | LIO-895
  • Plantations
  • River Rafting

Enjoy a scenic rafting trip down the mighty Reventazon River on this full-day excursion designed for beginners. Accompanied by your guide, you'll paddle a Class II* section of whitewater river. Maneuver wide-open stretches of water punctuated by small Class II rapids for an exhilarating time. This tour includes a snack.

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Golden Bean Coffee Tour, Scenic Drive & Lunch

7.5 hours | Limon | LIO-215
  • Plantations

Ever wonder how your cup of coffee is produced? Follow the bean from the field to the processing plant on this all-day adventure at Grano de Oro (Golden Bean), a century-old coffee mill nestled in a lush valley and surrounded by beautiful rainforests and mountains. Then, enjoy lunch at a luxury hotel.

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Tayutic Hacienda & Lunch

8 hours | Limon | LIO-210
  • Plantations

You're invited to explore all the cultural charms of a 100-year-old hacienda belonging to the Ortuño Family and nestled in the mountains near Turrialba, a picturesque town in the Central Valley of Costa Rica. Learn about sugarcane cultivation, macadamia nut processing and coffee production, and experience life in colonial days. A lovely lunch is included.

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Animal Planet Exclusive - "Meet the Sloths"

4.5 hours | Limon | LIO-235
  • Sloth Sanctuary

The Sloth Sanctuary is the world's first sloth-only facility. Learn all about these enigmatic creatures and stars of "Meet the Sloths" on Animal Planet™ as you tour this conservation and rescue facility. Then, head further into the rainforest to discover Costa Rican flora and fauna by canoe and on a guided walk.

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Veragua Rainforest Tour

5.5 hours | Limon | LIO-205
  • Veragua Rainforest

Experience Veragua Rainforest, the ultimate research and adventure park. Buried deep in the forest, this world-class facility is designed to spotlight the wonders of biodiversity This tour includes a gondola aerial ride through the canopy, interactive flora and fauna displays, walking trails through the primary rainforest, a dramatic waterfall and more.

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Veragua Rainforest (Wheelchair Accessible)

5.5 hours | Limon | LIO-206
  • Veragua Rainforest

Experience Veragua Rainforest, the ultimate research and adventure park. Buried deep in the forest, this world-class facility is designed to spotlight the wonders of biodiversity This tour includes a gondola aerial ride through the canopy, interactive flora and fauna displays, nature trails through the primary rainforest, a dramatic waterfall and more.

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National Parks, Wildlife Refuge & Macaw Sanctuary (A Small-Group Tour)

hours | Limon | LIO-225

On this intimate experience inside the Costa Rican jungle, your naturalist guide will lead your through the Cahuita National Park on a nature walk, one of the most beautiful in the country. Then, visit Ara Manzanillo Refuge a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of the great green macaw in its natural habitat.

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Rainforest Aerial Tram, Nature Walk & Lunch

8 hours | Limon | LIO-200
  • Rainforest Aerial Tram

From the treetops to the forest floor, the Rainforest Aerial Tram located near Braulio Carrillo National Park offers bird's-eye view of this formerly inaccessible area, home to two thirds of Costa Rica's rainforest species. Then, enjoy a guided stroll through the lush vegetation for a deeper appreciation of this environment from a different perspective.

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Veragua Rainforest, Tortuguero Canals & Lunch

7.5 hours | Limon | LIO-620
  • Tortuguero Canals
  • Veragua Rainforest

On this eco-friendly adventure of epic proportions, discover the tropical rainforest by water, land and air. Enjoy a pontoon cruise along the Tortuguero Canals, then visit the Veragua Rainforest adventure park and research facility to ride the aerial gondola above the forest canopy and trek along walking trails through the primary rainforest.

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Local Connections: Wildlife Rescue Center & La Ceiba Private Reserve

7 hours | Limon | LIO-240

On this immersive experience crafted by local expert, Encarnacion García "Encar", owner and founder of the Jaguar Animal Rescue Center, enter the rainforests and meet the animals that inhabit the Jaguar Animal Rescue Center and learn about the mission to protect, rehabilitate and release these magnificent creatures back into the wild. Then, explore the lush, tropical surroundings and enjoy lunch in La Ceiba Private Reserve.

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Rainforest Aerial Tram, Tortuguero Canals & Lunch

10 hours | Limon | LIO-105
  • Tortuguero Canals
  • Rainforest Aerial Tram

Experience the perfect balance of rainforest exploration, from the treetops to the forest floor, on the Rainforest Aerial Tram located at a research facility near Braulio Carrillo National Park. Then, glide along the placid waters of the famous Tortuguero Canals, considered the Caribbean Amazon, in a pontoon. Restaurant lunch.

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VERAGUA RAINFOREST AERIAL TRAM &THE ORIGINAL CANOPY TOUR COMBINATION

8 hours | Limon | LIO-405
  • Rainforest Aerial Tram
  • Canopy Zipline Tour
  • Veragua Rainforest

Experience the jaw-dropping Veragua Rainforest from two exciting perspectives. Glide through the 300-year-old trees on an aerial tram down to the riverbank for a walk along the Trail of Giants. Then, enjoy uninterrupted views as you soar through the different levels of the rainforest canopy on the Original Canopy Tour.

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$199.95

MEET THE SLOTHS: BEHIND THE SCENES- AN ANIMAL PLANET EXCLUSIVE TOUR

6 hours | Limon | LIO-230
  • Sloth Sanctuary

For the ultimate sloth lover! An Animal Planet exclusive uniquely designed for Princess guests invites six participants on a custom, in-depth adventure at Aviarios del Caribe/Sloth Sanctuary. Experience a guided tour of the expansive grounds followed by a river canoe float and a walk through the lush rainforest. A light snack is included.

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