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How to Spend 1 Day in Limon

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How to Spend 1 Day in Limon
On a stretch of Costa Rica that bustles with activity, Puerto Limon—aka Limon—tends to have a less touristy feel than other areas of the country. The port city welcomes throngs of cruise ship passengers throughout the year, which means you can choose from plenty of sightseeing options. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Limon.

Morning: Sightseeing Shore Excursion
Start your day by discovering the hidden gems of this culturally rich and naturally diverse city. Guided sightseeing tours depart from the dock, typically beginning with a quick overview of the city before venturing into the surrounding rain forest. Trek through the lush landscape, taking in the flora and fauna—look out for wildlife such as three-toed sloths, butterflies, toucans, hummingbirds, and colorful amphibians. A stop at a local banana plantation is usually included. Costa Rica is the second-largest banana producer in the world, with 80 percent of its plantations located in Limon.

Afternoon: Canal Cruising
Hop aboard a riverboat for a leisurely cruise through the narrow Tortuguero Canals that flow from Costa Rica’s high country into the Caribbean Sea. Located in Tortuguero National Park, this network of natural waterways allows you to explore the dense jungle surroundings easily and comfortably. Sail past plantations and floral gardens as your guide helps you spot crocodiles, monkeys, and iguanas. Along the beaches, you might even see leatherback, hawksbill, and green sea turtles digging nests and laying eggs, depending on the season. More adventurous travelers can paddle around the canals in a kayak or canoe.

Night: Good Eats
Thanks to its residents, Limon is infused with Afro-Caribbean culture that’s reflected in the town’s bars and restaurants, many of which have a calypso vibe. You’ll notice Jamaican and African influences in popular dishes like jerk chicken, curry, and seafood, with coconut milk and exotic spices featuring prominently. For dinner, check out Soda El Patty, a Caribbean eatery that serves pati (flaky beef turnovers filled with onions and peppers); “soda” refers to a place that offers typical Costa Rican cuisine. Afterward, head to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca—closer to the Panama border—for music and dancing. Nearby Cahuita has a more low-key atmosphere.
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Puerto Limon Highlights 6 in 1 Combo Tour. Shore Excursion from Limon

Puerto Limon Highlights 6 in 1 Combo Tour. Shore Excursion from Limon

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Make the most of your day at Puerto Limon with this jam-packed shore excursion that gives you a memorable taste of Costa Rica's Caribbean highlights. Spot wildlife on a rain forest trek, visit a working banana plantation, and cruise down the biodiverse Tortuguero Canal. You’ll also take a scenic drive along the coast, explore the region’s diverse culture on a Limon city tour, and hunt for souvenirs at local shops.
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  • 6 hours
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$115.00
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Zipline Canopy Tour & Tortuguero Canal Boat tour. Shore Excursion from Limon

Zipline Canopy Tour & Tortuguero Canal Boat tour. Shore Excursion from Limon

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If you're planning a cruise ship stop at Limon, explore Costa Rica’s famous rain forest by air and water on this combo eco adventure. Spot native wildlife like howler monkeys, sloths, and crocodiles on a cruise down the bio-rich Tortuguero Canal, and then get your adrenaline pumping with a thrilling zipline flight through the treetops. Round-trip transport from the cruise terminal and between activities makes for a seamless and stress-free day at port.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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Tortuguero Canal Eco Cruise and Banana Plantation Shore Excursion from Limon

Tortuguero Canal Eco Cruise and Banana Plantation Shore Excursion from Limon

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When your cruise ship sails into Limon, make the most of your stint in Costa Rica on a half-day shore excursion to Tortuguero National Park, ideal for nature lovers. Look out for howler monkeys, sloths, toucans, and more during a jungle canal cruise and take a tour of the Del Monte Banana Plantation. A snack of tropical fruit and port pickup and drop-off are included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.00
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Private Limon Shore Excursion: Tortuguero Canals Tour

Private Limon Shore Excursion: Tortuguero Canals Tour

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When your cruise ship docks on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, spend a half day exploring local culture and the wildlife-rich canals of Tortuguero with this combo shore excursion from Limon. Spot famous rain forest residents like monkeys, sloths, and crocodiles on a river boat cruise, and learn about Costa Rica's banana and coffee industries with a visit to the Chiquita Banana plantation and a village market. You’ll also sample Costa Rican cuisine with your choice of lunch (not included) at a beachside eatery or a restaurant with panoramic views.
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  • 5 hours
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White Water Rafting Reventazón River From Puerto Viejo |Limon

White Water Rafting Reventazón River From Puerto Viejo |Limon

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Navigate the rapids of the Reventazón River on this full-day whitewater rafting trip from Limon. Get a mix of churning class-II and -III waves plus calmer sections on the scenic 10-mile (16-km) run known as El Carmen. Take a break from paddling to enjoy a picnic lunch on a beautiful beach, and look for Costa Rican wildlife in the lush Caribbean jungle that flanks the river.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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$105.00
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Cahuita National Park Walk and Banana Plantation. Shore Excursion from Limon

Cahuita National Park Walk and Banana Plantation. Shore Excursion from Limon

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Discover Costa Rica’s exotic wonders while in port in Limon on this 5-hour tour of the Cahuita National park. Enjoy a nature walk through the Brisas de la Jungla rainforest; spot wildlife such as howler monkeys, sloths, red dart frogs, and toucans; and visit a traditional banana plantation. Port pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 5 hours
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Veragua Rainforest

Veragua Rainforest

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Immerse yourself in the wondrous beauty of a tropical rainforest and feel as though you've walked into an episode of Planet Earth with this guided tour of Veragua National Park. Experience life in the canopy during an aerial tram ride, marvel at the diversity of frog and butterfly species on display and observe science in action at their biological research station.
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  • 5 hours
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Half-Day Highlights and Culture of Costa Rica Combo Tour

Half-Day Highlights and Culture of Costa Rica Combo Tour

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During this combination tour of Costa Rica, you’ll explore the urban and natural sides of the country. First, learn about the historical center of Limon, then head to a sloth sanctuary to find out how the rehabilitation center is taking care of the critters, as well as monkeys, iguanas, and birds. Following that, stop at a banana plantation and take a short trek through the jungle where you can spot local wildlife.
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  • 6 hours
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BriBri Chocolate Tour and Cahuita National Park

BriBri Chocolate Tour and Cahuita National Park

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Caribbean jungles are not only known for their varied wildlife, but also for the cacao plants that have fed Costa Rica’s deeply-rooted chocolate culture. Experience both highlights on this tour, which allows you to learn about the chocolate making process in Puerto Viejo and visit Cahuita National Park—a haven of white sand beach, dense jungle, and rich biodiversity.
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  • 6 hours
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Canoe Tour at Tortuguero National Park

Canoe Tour at Tortuguero National Park

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The beaches of Tortuguero National Park are a famous nesting ground for endangered green sea turtles, while the park’s dense rain forest is home to monkeys and a variety of bird species. This canoe tour avoids the use of a motor and provides a silent and eco-friendly mode of transportation, which allows you to see native wildlife up close while your guide navigates through Tortuguero’s freshwater creeks and lagoons.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Jaguar Rescue Center from Limon

Jaguar Rescue Center from Limon

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Support wildlife conservation in a lush rainforest setting with a trip from Limon Port to the Jaguar Rescue Center and La Ceiba Private Reserve Release Site. You’ll learn about efforts to protect Costa Rica wildlife and introduce species back into the wild, see rescued animals up close, and take a walk through their rainforest habitat.
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  • 6 hours
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$125.00
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