The drive to the the Caribbean Coast is a pleasant three hours over the Central Mountain Range on the Guapiles Highway through the Zurqui Tunnel (Costa Rica’s only tunnel) and across the lowland plains. The scenery changes dramatically from the dense tropical forests of Braulio Carillo National Park through banana plantations and horticultural farms to the coconut palm-lined roads along the coast. About 2 1/2 hours driving time to Puerto Limon, 3 1/2 to Cahuita, 4 to Puerto Viejo, and 5 to Manzanillo.
This area is generally hot and experiences quite a bit of rain with temperatures generally hovering between the mid to high 80’s F. Since the coast has the advantage of ocean breezes, the weather can be quite bearable and pleasant.
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