Travel Tips
Caribbean Region Travel Tips

Caribbean Region Travel Tips

gandoca_wildlife_refuge_view1How to get there

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.

  • January & November are transitional periods with higher winds and some rainy days
  • February through May are generally sunny with a little rain
  • July and December are the months of heaviest rainfall
  • Mid-August through the first part of November is summer with the least rain

What to wear

Since the weather is extremely tropical on this coast, a hat and strong sunblock are indispensable items. Clothing should be cotton and light colored.

Sights to see

At the Morpho Reserve just a few meters past the Corinto River, there are trails and a beautiful variety of butterflies including the magnificent Morpho butterfly. Vargas Park, an oasis of swaying palms, brightly colored heliconias and winding paths is found in Puerto Limon.