Area Information - Costa Rica

The South Caribbean of Costa Rica

There is no place quite like the South Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Everywhere you go, from Penshurt to Manzanillo music is in the air. The houses are unique to this area with their bright sharply contrasting colors reminding us of the vivacity of the afro-Caribbean culture.

This part of the country is made up of Limon, capital of the Province of Limon, Penshurt, Cahuita, Hone Creek, Puerto Viejo, Cocles, Punta Uva and Manzanillo.

Puerto Limon is the capital of Limon. Anything and everything under the sun can be found there such as major banks, supermarkets and a modern well-equipped hospital.

Limon is a medley of Ticos, Rastas, Chinese, Indian people and everyone in between which makes it one of the most cosmopolitan cities of the country.

Located 30 Kilometers from Lemon. Penshurt is a quiet community with all of the essentials such as restaurants, grocery stores, and hardware. It boasts the only gas station in the area.

Located 43 kilometers from Limon. Cahita was founded in the mid 18th century and is probably the most laid back village of the entire Caribbean coast. This small village boasts one of the most beautiful national parks of the country and is the only one that is totally managed by the locals. Kilometers of white sand beach lace the park and the coral reef with many varieties of corals, seaweed, mollusks and brightly colored fish.

Cahuita is the place for afro-Caribbean culture and music. Calypso and reggae sounds are always floating in the air. In fact, Cahuita is home to the legendary Calypso composer/singer Walter Ferguson, who has been playing his guitar for the past eighty years or so. Because it is also a small fishing village, life is very tranquil to the delight of the locals and expatriate community. Many typical houses of vividly bright contrasting colors can still be seen.

The village has many excellent shopping, restaurants and hotels catering to all budgets.

Puerto Viejo
23 kilometers from Cahuita, Puerto Viejo is a major tourist destination. It has excellent shopping, bars, restaurants and hotels. It is known for its beautiful beaches and exciting night life.

The Cocles / Punta Uva / Manzanillo
Beautiful Cocles Beach is home to an annual surfing competition and Punta Uva Beach with its many small bays and turquoise water is picture perfect. Most top-end hotels are located in this area. Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge is a must-see with kilometers of white-sand beach and abundant fauna and flora.

It has been calculated that there are some 45 different nationalities living in the area between Penshurt and Manzanillo. People from Italy, USA, Spain, France, Canada and various other countries are involved in a multitude of businesses although most of them are tourism related, like restaurants and hotels.

The Caribbean coast is a booming area and offers many real estate opportunities. The prices are still very reasonable and dreams can be realized at affordable prices.