Driving around on your own is one of the best ways to see Limon
, as this province is quite extensive. Stretching all the way from Nicaragua to Panama, this province is home to a number incredible national parks and nature reserves. What makes Limon different from the rest of Costa Rica is the unique Afro-Caribbean atmosphere found here.
Renting a car and getting around is great as it gives you the opportunity to take in this beautiful province at your own pace. Offering tourists a laidback and relaxed lifestyle, Limon presents you with another side of Costa Rica. You cannot explore the northern half of Limon by car as much of it is largely inaccessible. This is because the Tortuguero National Park or Parque Nacional Tortuguero
and the Parque Nacional Barra del Colorado
are vast swampy areas only reachable by boat or plane.
Southern Limon on the other hand is more easy to get to, as the road network here is quite good. If you are traveling from San Jose
, take Highway 32 straight to the provincial capital of Puerto Limon
. As you travel along this route you will pass through many towns including Guapiles
before you reach your destination. If you are interested in heading to the stunning beaches of the Caribbean Coast travel south to places like Cahuita
, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
, Punta Uva and Manzanillo
. Do keep in mind though that the roads leading to many of the jungles and rainforests here tend to be rather basic with rough gravel trails.
Map of Limon
Currently there are no car rental agencies in Limon
, but if you are interested in driving around here you can always rent a car in San Jose
and have it dropped off at wherever you are staying. Bear in mind though that many car rental companies charge a drop off fee. A four wheel drive is the best kind of vehicle to rent in Limon as it lets you navigate the more bumpy and uneven roads rather easily.
Ideal if you are traveling with your family or alone, a rental car gives you the freedom to move around on your own and also lets you take in the more secluded and less touristy areas. A great means by which to explore Limon’s distinctive culture, a rental car is a wonderful way to get about.