CARIBBEAN COAST


The Atlantic Coast, shorter than the Pacific, offers long, uncluttered beaches, high forested mountains, coconut palms, plantations of cacao and bananas, national parks and wildlife refuges, sleepy villages, and a commercial port. Mountains, coastal plains, and marine areas contain a rich mixture ofspecies and habitats to explore.

The cultural landscape is unique-nowhere else in Costa Rica do Black and Indian influences leave such an imprint. While Aftican Americans countrywide make up about 3 percent of the population, the percentage in Limon province is about one- third. This culture adds to the flavor of the Caribbean zone and, because many speak English, broadens communicai ions for monolingual English-speaking tourists. It is, however, a Creole English whose expressions can surprise and delight.

Indian influence in the Caribbean is more heavily felt as you go farther south to the Talamanca coast-land of the Bribri and Cabecar Indians. There are three main Indian reserves: KekoLdi, Talamanca-Bribri, and Talamanca-Cabecar.

Two land routes bring travelers to this area: the highway through It Braulio Carrillo National Park and the older road from San Jose through Cartago and Turrialba . The two highways join at Siquirres for the final lap into Limon. Air and boat travel bring visitors to the Barra del Colorado and Tortuguero areas.

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