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The Caribbean coast is protected by two National Parks and two Forest Wildlife Refuges. It forms part of the province of Limon that covers 18% of Costa Rica, a third of the inhabitants are black, from Jamaican descendants, the vast majority live on the coast, and speak English as well as their own dialect. There are also several Bribri and Cabecar indigenous that inhabit the south of the Province. The main road from San José to this area ends in the Province of Puerto Limón, to the south there is a parallel route that leads to the Panama border. If you are heading north you will need to take a boat trip and navigate the canals, through areas that are abundant in wildlife and some small ports for distant fishing boats, until you reach the Nicaragua border.
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1. NATIONAL PARK BRAULIO CARRILLO
This park is named after Dr. Braulio Carrillo, a national benefactor and the third president of Costa Rica. The park lies in one of the most rugged regions in the country. Almost the entire terrain is a jumble of towering volcanic mountains. he vegetation in the park consist of a very thick evergreen forest with a highly complex structure. The composition of the forest changes depending on environmental conditions, such as terrain, drainage, temperature, cloud cover and rainfall. Most of the park is covered with primary forest, trees ferns, heliconias and a large number of palm trees. There is a wealth of wildlife, especially birds. Some of the resident mammals are howler, spider and white-faced monkeys, tapir, jaguar, puma, paca, white-tailed deer, porcupine and sloths. Braulio Carrillo National Park is located 20 kilometers northeast of San José. The part of Braulio Carrillo that most people see is the southern area on either side of the Siquirres Highway on the Atlantic Coast. Size: 45.899 hectares. Distance from San José: 23 kilometers. Trails: Yes. Dry Season: From the two last weeks of December through April.
This population is the center of exportation for the Río Frío Banana plantations. It is located on the foothills of the Central Cordillera, 62 km to the northeast of San José; it is the first village you will arrive at along the San José-Puerto Limón road. There are hotels and bed and breakfasts in the area. This makes this area an excellent base from where you can visit the Rainforest Aerial Tram – 20 km to the west of Guápiles.
It is a village 12 km to the east of Guápiles, with all the necessary services, banks, gas station, pharmacies and other stores.
25 km to the southeast of Guácimo, located on an intersection of the old route to San José-Turrialba-Puerto Limón highway 210 and highway 32 along the coast. The old road is a little slower, but it is more beautiful because of the landscape, its fresh climate and the traditional restaurants that can be found along the way. There are also stalls that sell cheese. Siquirres is the last village on the main road before you get to Puerto Limón, 58 km to the east. To get to Turrialba via highway 10 you will need to pass over the main highway, take a right turn at the entrance and cross over a bridge. This small village has some interesting buildings such as a circular church and also offers simple and economic hotels.
5. PUERTO LIMÓN
With an extension of 9.188 Km2 (18% of national the land), it is 166 km from San José along a road that passes through the Braulio Carrillo National Park. This route is spectacular, as it allows you to contemplate a large sector of the park and the Ríos Sucio and La Hondura. It is the capital of Limon. There are six Counties: Limón, Pococí, Siquirres, Talamanca, Matina and Guácimo. The good manners of the Costa Ricans will make you feel as if you are one of them and the large majority of streets are asphalt. If you go to other cities in the country the contrast is very pronounced. The architecture is very peculiar, with balconies of ironwork, metal supports and tin roofs that have fans that slowly spin. It gives it an unmistakable tropical atmosphere; and helps contribute to an even more submissive environment. Although few streets are signposted it is not difficult to find your way around in Limón; in fact two of the most interesting places are in the center. The center of Limon is 1st and 6th Avenue, and 1st and 8th Street. Unlike San José, the streets and avenues are divided in pairs and odd numbers, in Limón there are correlative numbers: 1, 2, 3. The streets are orientated from the north to the south, and its numeric denomination is from east to west; the avenues extend from the east to the west and its numerical denomination is from the south to the north. 2nd Avenue is like the main road of the city; here there are the main shops, the market and the council as well as the railway station. The railway tracks run along 1st Avenue and offers services to the neighboring piers, where bananas need to be loaded onto the boats. On 2nd Avenue between 3rd and 4th street, you will find the brightly colored Main Market where there are fruits and fresh greens mixed with fish and shellfish from the Caribbean. The adjacent streets make up the social center of the city, with food stalls and street sellers. Limón rises from the rocky Punta Piuta, which covers the main port of Moín 7 km west of Limón and Bonita Beach, 4 km to the northeast of the center.
6. BONITA - PORTETE BEACHES AND MOIN
4 km to the north of Limón is Bonita Beach. It is a beautiful bay that is abundant in vegetation, equipped with some picnic tables and games for children. The beach is sandy and sometimes mild, but sometimes there are undercurrents. The surf championship is celebrated. If you head towards Limón via highway 32 to the west you will need to take a left turn at the exit to Moín, some 6 km from Limón, from there you will continue a further 3 km, and before you get to Moín, you will need to take a right turn along a road that goes along the coast, to Portete and Bonita Beach, where there are fishing boats and you can enjoy lobster and fish underneath the palm trees, the same route works to return to Limón. You can also arrive by taking a route that passes by the hospital. If you prefer to travel by bus from Limon, you will need to take a bus from the center or take a taxi.
Located 7 km to the west of Limón, the entry port to the Tortuguero Canals. Here you can hire boats that will take you along the canals, and there are some boats that also travel to Parismina, Tortuguero or Barra del Colorado. To the north of Moin is the Barra de Matina Beach, where between February and July and peaking between April and May there are hundreds of green turtles that come to lay eggs. A project with public and private entities, have organized groups of volunteers to patrol the beaches during these times. Once they are born the turtles are freed into the see – liberating them from several predators that are present on the beach.
50 km to the northeast of Limón, this village is located at the mouth of the Río Parismina Carribean, the name that is given to the last stage of the Río Reventazón. It is famous with the sports fishermen for being an important center to capture trapan and robalo fish, the pargo, the machaca, the guapote and the mojarra. There is also fishing in the coral reef; the seasons for these fish is from January to May, whilst the Gran Róbalo season is between September to November. Although you can go fishing at any time of the year. It is also close to the extreme south of the Tortuguero National Park.How to arrive and leaveThe boats that navigate along the canals to Tortuguero pass by the south of Parismina. In Caño Blanco, where the bus arrives, it is only a few minutes away on boat to the fishing complexes. Tourists arrive via charter flights that land at the local runway.
8. TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK
Tortuguero National Park is situated in one of the rainiest areas in the country, and makes up the area of life for the very humid tropical rainforest. It is seated upon flooded plains, where some volcanic hills stand out from the landscape, such as the Sierpe Hill which is 311 meters high. The snaking rivers take the sediments that are deposited by the sea on the extensive and straight beaches of the park. These coastal areas are perfect for turtles to come and lay their eggs. Turtles such as the Baula and Carey. It has an extension of 18946 hectares. Tortuguero is one of the areas with the largest biological diversity in the country; up to 11 different categories have been identified. The most abundant natural resource is water: lagoons, canyons and canals, which are fed by the rivers that run along the Cordillera and by the torrential rains that fall in the region. Travel along these streams and you will be able to see nature that surrounds the waters, exuberant vegetation, fauna that have been seen in the area include crocodiles, turtles, iguanas, monkeys, toucans, and countless other birds. El Dorado was filmed here, by the Spanish director Carlos Saura. Of the five species of marine turtles that lay their eggs in the beaches of Costa Rica, four of them lay their eggs in the Tortuguero National Park: Green, Baula, Carey and Caballera Turtles.
You can walk 119 meters to the Tortuguero hill, some 6 km to the north of the village. To get here you will need to take a boat with a guide. It is the highest point situated on the coast, to the north of Puerto Limón. Located close to the limit of the south of the Barra Del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge. The road is steep and can be slippery, but with good views of the forest, canals and the sea, and you can also see birds, monkeys and other wild animals.
10. TORTUGUERO RIVER
The Tortuguero River can be reached by crossing the lake that lies in front of the town and its course offers a spectacular trip through the forest. One can take detours through the small tributaries of calm waters, such as caño Harold, caño Chiquero, and caño Mora.
11. CAÑO PALMA
Located near the town of tortuguero, is on the of the most visited sites in the entire area. It is about 10 miles long and joins lake penitencia in Tortuguero, with lake Samay, in Barra del Colorado.
12. BARRA DEL COLORADO NATIONAL REFUGEE FOR FOREST WILD LIFE
It has 90.400 hectares, that include the area that borders Nicaragua, the Barra del Colorado National Refuge for Forest Wildlife is the largest in Costa Rica, next to the border of Nicaragua, this area extends, forming rivers, lagoons, wetlands, canals surrounded by forests and Yolillales. This warm alluvial land is saturated with the waters from the Ríos San Juan, Colorado and Chirripó to the north. It receives intense annual precipitation of 6.000 mm. In the middle of these flooded lands two islands emerge, the Calero Island, 15.160 hectares, the largest Island in Costa Rica. The refuge is splashed with some hills covered with mixed forest and old volcanic cones. In Barra Del Colorado you will be able to see caimans and crocodiles, the strange Gasper fish, manatees, Dante, pumas, jaguars, the Congo monkey and the cappuccino, ocelot, the Yaguarundí, tepezcuintles, the peccary, sloths and an innumerable legion of birds. The Río Colorado crosses through the central part of the park, the main arm of the Río San Juan, which flows into the Nicaragua Lake. On the banks of the river, is the population of Barra del Colorado, divided into the vicinities of Barra Norte and Barra Sur. Upstream is the Agua Dulce stream, where there is a tourist center. A 78 km canal goes through the Tortuguero National Park, joining the population of Barra del Colorado with the port of Moín, 7 Km to the north of Limón. Many tourists come to the Barra del Colorado to fish. The fish in this area include the already mentioned Gasper fish a living fossil.
13. UVITA ISLAND (QUIRIBRI ISLAND)
14. BARBILLA NATIONAL PARK
It is located 20 kilometers from Siquirres. It has a large tropical humid forest and an area of around 29,638 acres. Its importance lies in its water capacity for the entire area.
15. SOUTH CARIBBEAN
The road that leaves from Puerto Limón to the south east, runs parallel to the coast, passing by the landing strip, offers views of Uvita Island where Columbus disembarked, and after a few kilometers of palms, deserted beaches and waves. The route is paved. The majority of the inhabitants in this district are black, with Jamaican descendent that arrived on the Costa Rican coast in the middle of the XIX century. You can also learn about parts of the indigenous Creole cultures here, through food, music and knowledge about medicinal plants. The mix of these races on the Caribbean coast is interesting, you can buy Bribri arts and crafts and listen to Reggae or Calypso, you can take a horse ride to the indigenous reserve, go fishing with the residents, go surfing, snorkeling, swimming or simply converse either the older people of the community. To the northeast of the Puerto Viejo, the main road leads to Bribri, and then continues to the southeast until reaching Sixaola, at the border with Panamá, a border that is normally used as an entrance to the Panamanian islands of Boca Del Toro.
16. VALLE DE LA ESTRELLA
This river is on the coast of the Caribbean and is 52 km long, beginning in the Fila Matama Cordillera of Talamanca, in an area that receives a lot of rain, some 37% mm, every year. It is almost always covered by the fog. Its flow irrigates the Valle de La Estrella, fundamentally dedicated to the cultivation of bananas. Although you can also see cocoa and guanabana plantations here. They are protected by the same blue plastic bags as the banana trees, covered in insecticide. Millions of cocoa seeds are laid onto platforms to dry in the sun. At its mouth, the river creates several streams and canals which can be used by boats. They are covered in vegetation. This provides shelter for some 180 species of birds, some of them migratory. At sunset thousands of garcilla bueyeras rest on the tree branches along the banks to preen themselves and this is an amazing spectacle. The Valle de La Estrella is a way to access the Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve. There are buses that leave the Caribe Terminal from San José at 03:00 p.m, returning at 06:00 a.m the following day.
17. CAHUITA BEACH
It is a small village that is located some 43 Km to the southeast of Puerto Limón. It is known for its beautiful surrounding beaches, some of which can be found in the Cahuita National Park, there are hotels, restaurants and tourist agencies. The main road is made of sand and one of the main roads is paved stone. Negra Beach, to the north of Cahuita, is a large strip of black sand that is good for swimming. Blanca Beach is situated on the other side of the village, inside the National Park and from there you can take a path that leads to a third beach, 6 Kms away. Three extensions of sand are separated by rocks as well as a coral reef; they are ideal and attractive places for scuba diving. The Estación de Policía (Guardia Rural) + 506 2755-0217 o el 911) to side Oficina Postal + 506 2755-0096, open of 08:00 a.m to 12:00 m.d and of 01:30 to 05:00 p. m. of Monday to Friday. Banco de Costa Rica Located in the commercial center Wayne entrance of the village. Opening of Monday to Friday 08:00 a.m to 04:00 p.m and Saturday of 08:00 a.m to 12:00 m.d, with automatic cashier and currency change.
18. CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK
209 Km, from San José, 16 km from Puerto Viejo 20 Km from Bribrí, 54 km from Sixaola and 43 km from Puerto Limón. Located on the Carribean coast, to the southeast of the city of Limón in the county of Talamanca, Cahuita is a park that offers magnificent white sandy beaches, palm trees, exuberant vegetation, coral reefs, areas with swamps and mangroves. It has an extension of 1.067,9 hectares and is one of the most beautiful in the country. It was created on the 24th of September 1970. Etymologically, it seems that the word Cahuita has indigenous origins Kawe = caoba and ta = punta, and because of this the place name Punta Cahuita is essentially redundant. Cahuita National Park has the only well developed coral reef on the Costa Rican coast: although the park has a coastal extension of 14 km between the river mouths of Suárez and Carbón; the reef has a fan like extension of 240 hectares around Punta Cahuita, stretching out 500 meters from the coast. Two good beaches, apt for swimming, covered in coconut trees, and located very close to Cahuita. Some 500 meters to the northeast of the center of Negra Beach, covered in black volcanic sands. The road to access the beach is lined with bars, restaurants, hotels and cabins. A very recommendable beach with immaculate white sand and extends between the mouth of the Suárez and Perezoso Rivers, within the limits of the National Park. Between both beaches there is rocky coast next to the center of the village. In some there are good waves where you can go surfing.
19. NEGRA BEACH - CAHUITA
Located 500 meters from the village of Cahuita and 40 km from the Province of Limon. It is a beach with black sand and moderate to strong waves, the colour of its sand varies from black, grey and light coffee color according to the ride, it extends to the where the river Carbon empties out into the sea, it is 14 kilometers long. The beach is good for the sun, sea and surf. It is surrounded by almond and coconut trees that border the sande. Its infrastructure consists of hotels, cabins, camping, restaurants, internet, bar, grocery stores, public telephones and a tourist information office. El Abastecedor la Amistad + 506 2755-0034. Open from 06:30 a.m to 07:00 p.m, everyday. All the necessary grocery: Dairy, canned, greens, water. There is a photocopier and next to the grocery store there is a public telephone.
20. BLANCA BEACH - CAHUITA
This beach is part of the Cahuita National Park and it is named for the color of its sand. It is about 3 kilometers long going from the entrance to Cahuita Point. It is not a broad beach and it drops sharply and has strong waves. For this reason, swimming is not recommended here. Towards the middle area of this beach, right before reaching the Suarez River, it is perfect for swimming. After one crosses the creek, the presence of the outer edge of the fringing reef transformers this whole area into a huge lake. At the point, the sands area lighter in color and the reef is very close so it can be visited by divers. Otherwise one can continue on for two kilometers further to Puerto Viejo of Talamanca.
21. PUERTO VARGAS - CAHUITA
This is also a very beautiful beach and belongs to Cahuita National Park. It runs for several kilometers going from the point with the same name to the mouth of the Carbon River. It has three sections, each different from the next and each beautiful due to its abundant vegetation. The first section that runs north to south runs from this point to an área that juts out known as Puerto Vargas. Here the waters are cristal clear and calm due to the presence of the coral reef. The second section has darker colored sand and the waves are soft to moderate. It runs from Puerto Vargas to the park entrance to the beach. The third section goes from this last point to the month of the Carbon River and is an open beach with stronger waves. It has been honored with the Blue Flag Ecological Symbol to identify it as a clean and secure beach. This beach has camping áreas, parking áreas, bathroom facilities, showers, and a Park Administration office. Nearby one finds Punta Cahuita, an excellent place for those who love to snorkeling and see the ocean bottom. Here unimaginable shapes and textures, tropical fish of radiant colors, sponges, manta rays, sea turtles and starfish.
22. KEKÖLDI INDIAN RESERVE
This reservation is found near Puerto Viejo and is of great importance due to the activities it promotes. The Bribris Tribe lives on this reservation and offers various services of interest to tourists. They have a breeding área for Green iguanas, they produce indigenous crafts such as wooden bows and arrows, bags, nets, hammocks, baskets.
23. HITOY CERERE BIOLOGICAL RESERVE
It has an extension of 9.154 hectares and forms part of the Talamanca Cordillera, that reserve is surrounded by an infinite amount of rivers and waterfalls, such as Hitoy “A river that is covered in moss”, in Bribrí dialect and in Cerere dialect it is “the river with transparent waters”. The region receives a large amount of rain every year some 4.000 mm, which explains the presence of a humid tropical forest where you will find species such as the silk cotton tree, the sandbox tree, maría, the balsa tree, Indio Desnudo, the bitter cedar, the thistle flower, loaded with lichen, moss, bromeliads, orchids and other epiphytes. The majority of trees on the canopy are more than 30 meters, some are 50 meters tall. Tree ferns are also abundant in this area. The difficult access to the reserve means that it offers a refuge for many rare species of animals in enclaves or in danger of extinction, such as the Dante and the jaguar; sloths are common, otters, foxes, Congo and cappuccino monkeys, the peccary, the little tiger and 115 species of birds. In such a humid and a warm environment there are also insects, amphibians and snakes Hitoy Cerere along with the Chirripó and La Amistad Parks and other neighboring areas, where declared Biosphere Reserves in 1982 by UNESCO Biosfera and in 1983 they were named Heritage of Humanity.
Around the reserve there are several indigenous sites. The road that joins Limón with Cahuita and Sixaola across the Río La Estrella is very close to the mouth of the river just before arriving at Penshurst village.
24. PUERTO VIEJO BEACH OF TALAMANCA
It is a village, known as Puerto Viejo, where the influences of the indigenous Bribri cultures are more evident than in Cahuita. There is also a larger tourist infrastructure, hotels, cabins, bars and arts and crafts stalls; this last one is located along the coast, which is lit up at night time, in harmony with the village. It is more exposed to the sea, and it is better to take a walk or participate in the parties on the beach, it is one of the best areas in the Caribbean, to go surfing. Negra beach is located to the north and it is called this because of its black color and magnum, to access the village you will need to pass over a small concrete bridge on the left side. In the sea you will be able to see a rusty buried boat where villagers like to go fishing.
25. BLACK BEACH - PUERTO VIEJO
This beach goes from the town of Puerto Viejo up entrance on the north end. It is famous for having black sand with a hight manganese content. It is a curved beach and its wave are moderate to strong. There is not much vegetation because immediately behind. It is great for sunbathing as well as for swimming and for walking since it extends northeast all the way to the month of the Carbon River.
26. THE EAST - PUERTO VIEJO
The 13 Km road begins in Puerto Viejo and extends to the east, following the coast, and leads to the beaches and communities of Cocles Beach, Chiquita Beach, Uva Beach, Manzanillo Beach and Punta Mona, crossing some areas of the Indigenous Cocles Reserve / KékoLdi and ends in the Gandoca Manzanillo National Forest Wildlife Reserve. The inhabitants of the area get around on bikes and on horseback; if you drive, you will need to do so with a lot of care; as there are horses, bicycles and children along the narrow beaches and curves on one way roads which can cause accidents, if you are traveling at night be careful not to run over the crabs on the highway. Close to the main road you will able to find places to eat and sleep.
27. COCLES BEACH AND THE ISLAND
2 Km to the east of Puerto Viejo; it is an ideal place to go surfing as it has a lifeguard post, it is a place nicknamed Beach Break Cocles known as Blocf by the surfers and the older residents know it as Piplikey, it is a sandy beach, where there are good right and left waves from 2 to 4 feet, it is the best when they start to close into one whole tube, with breaks and less danger. There are also some popular cabins for surfers and a lifeguard post. The best season is in November to August. In the months of September to October there are practically no waves and the sea is much calmer, with much more underwater visibility. There is also a beach called Grande Beach after Manzanillo with the same characteristics as Beach Break, there is no where to stay or eat at this beach. From the year 2001 playa cocles was giveness the blue flan because of the care its inhabitants gave to the beach, it is the result of the work of tourist companies, neighbours, lifeguards, surfers and all of the tourist’s that have helped keep the beach clean.
28. CHIQUITA BEACH
Located 6 Km to the east of Puerto Viejo. It has an extension of 2 kilometers. It has an open front and strong waves, protected in the south. It has white sands, ranging from a moderate to steep slope to the seashore. There is a rocky area in the southern sector of the beach, where you will be able to find small colonies of reefs, with rich vegetation along the coast. You should be careful when you swim because of the strong currents. A beach for sun, sand and scuba diving.
29. PUNTA UVA BEACH
Located 7 Km to the east of Puerto Viejo. A white sandy beach with a large slope towards the sea shore, it is a semi bay, with gentle waves, during the months of April and May. With very clear waters and the presence of a coral reef along the coast and mainly in front of Punta Uva. Recreational Activities; fishing from the coral reef border, bathing with certain restrictions, scuba diving, walks and beach games in the area. The surroundings of the beach are covered in exuberant vegetation.
30. MANZANILLO BEACH
2 Km from Puerto Viejo, located in the Gandoca Manzanillo refuge for Forest Wildlife, it was chosen by (MINAE) in 1995. The road continues 1 Km and then disappears where footpaths will take you along the coast towards the refuge. The Costa Rican Ministry of Natural Resources has an office in the village, in a green building that is a few hundred meters from the school, where you will find information about the refuge. Next to the Police there is a camping area with shower and at the other extreme there is an office for the local guides, there is a small park at this beach, public telephones, and a lit football pitch. In the Mas X Menos supermarket there are two billiard tables and a public telephone. Cabins, Hotels, Soda, Bar, Sportfishing, Surfing and others service.
31. PUNTA MONA
To get this beach one must walk around 5 kilometers between Manzanillo and Punta Mona. The coast in this área is very irregular. Due to the characteristics of the forests as well as of the surrounding landscapes, this seashore is exceptionality beautiful, especially right around Punta Mona, where the presence of a small island completely covered in vegetation makes this coastal scene more valuable. This is complemented by forest that are always Green and patches of corals that are ideal for diving and more.
32. GANDOCA BEACH
Beyond the community of Punta Mona, the characteristically irregular beach turns into coast that curves and then opens up and extends in a more regular fashion until it reaches Gandoca. Here the beach has grey sand and strong waves. From Gandoca towards the south, the beach elongates until it reaches the month of the Sixaola River which is the border with Panamá. This last stretch of coast has around 8 kilometers and is very appropriate for walking or for observing the rich biodiversity of its ecosystems. Gandoca is also ideal for observing the leatherback turtle nesting from April to August. It takes around three hours to walk from Gandoca to Manzanillo.
A walk inside the reserve
The further you walk into the forest the more amazed you will be by the exotic vegetation. The trees are covered in moss, lichens, bromeliads, orchids and other plants that fall from the branches of the giant trees, forming incredible living waterfalls. You will be able to see several species of birds, among the 384 that there is in the reserve, such as the hummingbird, owls, mosqueros, toucans, tangaras, and sparrow hawks among others. You will also be able to see monkeys, such as the white faced and the Congo, sloths, iguanas, snakes and poisonous frogs as well as an innumerable amount of species of animals on the excursion. You will also be able to learn about the medicinal plants and natural history of this paradise, you will also have the opportunity to share interesting aspects about our country as well as afro Caribbean customs.
It is a village located on the way to Cahuita to Sixaola, next to the Panama border, at the end of the coastal road, still paved, there are some potholes. From Bribri there is 34 km gravel road to the border. It is the center of indigenous community from the Talamanca Cordillera, some 3 km away there are the large waterfalls of Volio. It has public telephone, restaurants, cabins and good services.
Sixaola is a town located in the canton of Talamanca, province of Limón, Costa Rica. It is on the west bank of the Sixaola River, which marks the northern border between Panama and Costa Rica. Sixaola is the terminal point of Highway 36 that connects several locations in the province of Limón and the rest of Costa Rica. In addition, the town serves as a border crossing with the Panamanian town of Guabito through a bridge that crosses the river. At both ends of the bridge are located the customs and migration offices of both countries, so it is a must for tourists to report their arrivals and departures. The town of Sixaola has restaurants, hotel services and others.
35. PANAMA BORDER
The Republic of Panamá
You can use the offices that organize circuits from Puerto Viejo to Cahuita; some hotels coordinate these circuits and the ATEC office. Nature was generous when it spread beauty in the area of Bocas del Toro. Their silver beaches are magnificent areas to bathe. Bocas del Toro, is a coastal island in the Atlántic some 300 miles from Panama City. The inhabitants dedicate themselves to the cultivation of bananas, they fish turtles, as well as oysters and mussels and other shellfish that are abundant in the area. Its population is predominantly black and indigenous.
Bocas del Toro is a mosaic of cultures: Spanish, Indian, English, French, Western Indian, German and American are part of the regional tapestry.
Isla de Bastimentos Natural Park
Located in Bocas del archipiélago de Toro, it has an extension of more than 13.000 hectares on land and in sea , the beauty of the Zapatillas Keys attracts the majority of tourists that arrive in the area, the park has other attractions that tourists can enjoy. Once there, tourists can go snorkeling, scuba diving or swim in the clear waters or simply relax in the beach or explore the forest.
36. BOCAS DEL TORO (PANAMÁ)
Bocas del Toro (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbokaz ðel ˈtoɾo]; meaning “Mouths of the Bull”) is a province of Panama. Its area is 4,643.9 square kilometers, comprising the mainland and nine main islands. The province consists of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Bahía Almirante (Almirante Bay), Chiriquí Lagoon, and adjacent mainland. The capital is the city of Bocas del Toro (or Bocas Town) on Isla Colón (Colón Island). Other major cities or towns include Almirante and Changuinola. The province has a population of 125,461 as of 2010.
Christopher Columbus and his crew first visited the area in 1502. Bocas del Toro borders the Caribbean Sea to the north, Limón Province of Costa Rica to the west, Chiriquí Province to the south, and Ngöbe-Buglé Comarca to the east. The Río Sixaola forms part of the border with Costa Rica. An old railroad bridge spans the river between Guabito and Sixaola, Costa Rica. The bridge is a border crossing used by tourists going between destinations in Bocas del Toro and Costa Rica.
The province contains two national parks, Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park and La Amistad International Park.The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute operates a research station on Colón Island just northwest of Bocas Town. There are many banana plantations in Bocas del Toro, often called the oro verde, or green gold of Central America.