Puerto Limón

Lowland Rainforest Ceiba Tree

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Costa Rica is located in Central America, nestled between Nicaragua and Panamá, and bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean.  In terms of area, the country is slightly smaller than West Virginia.  But for such a small country, Costa Rica is one of the biologically richest places on earth.

The earliest lasting Spanish settlements of Costa Rica came not from the Atlantic but from the Pacific side of the country, specifically in the Pacific port town of Puntarenas, where coffee was shipped from the highlands of Costa Rica to Europe.

Eventually the country’s Caribbean seaport took hold in Puerto Limón in 1870 – a mere 350 years later – as the port was developed to export bananas to various parts of the world.  Even today, success of the port town is measured in numbers –not cruise ship passengers –but bananas.

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