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What to see in The Caribbean Lowlands

The Caribbean Lowlands Attractions

The main attractions of the Caribbean coastline of Costa Rica are the beaches but this side of the country also offers pristine rainforests, plenty of wildlife watching opportunities, and some lovely, laid-back beach villages. The Caribbean charm is fully evident in Costa Rica and the slow pace of life, great music, and friendly locals make this coastline very relaxed.

The southern Caribbean coast is the best for enjoying the beautiful beaches of the area. Favourite tourist beaches include Playa Bonita, Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva. Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a small but vibrant party town nestled in between the mountains and the coast, popular for its surfing, sun-worshipping, and nightlife.

Cahuita National Park, also in the south, shelters the only coral reef on Costa Rica's Caribbean coastline and is a paradise for diving and snorkelling. On the hike through the jungle to reach the beach, you are likely to see numerous birds and monkeys. The town of Cahuita, just outside the park, is also a popular base for exploring the coast and is well-known for its local music scene.

The northern coast is ideal for those in search of wildlife. Tortuguero National Park is one of the most famous attractions in Costa Rica. It is home to an impressive array of fauna (50 percent of Costa Rica's species can be found here) and it is one of the best places in the world to witness the hatching of green sea turtles. You can seek the animals out on numerous land and water trails.

The Caribbean coast is less developed for tourism than the Pacific side which is its main advantage for many visitors seeking an authentic Costa Rican experience. However, there is plenty to see and do on the Caribbean coast if you can drag yourself away from the wonderful beaches.

Cahuita National Park

The only coral reef on the Costa Rican Caribbean coastline is found within this national park, and with 500 species of fish it affords excellent opportunities for snorkelling. Apart from…

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, known to locals as Puerto Viejo (not to be confused with Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí in the northern lowlands), is a dusty little village lying between the…

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Tortuguero National Park

Despite its isolation on the northern part of the Caribbean coast, Tortuguero National Park is an extremely popular destination and one of the most important nesting sites of the green sea…

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