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Limon is the Atlantic province of Costa Rica. It limits to the northeast with the Caribbean Sea, and on the west with Heredia, Cartago and San Jose, in the southwest with Puntarenas and in the Southeast with Panama.

Limon the emerald gem of the Costa Rican Caribbean. It is known for its great cultural diversity. With a predominantly black heritage and some of the important characteristics of the Costa Rican indigenous culture, afro Caribbean, white and Chinese, each group contributes to the vibrant flavor of the Atlantic zone and gives it its own style.

Counties:

Guácimo is district 1 of the county of Guácimo in the province of Limón in Costa Rica. Its measures 222.00 km² and has an estimated population of close to 50,000 inhabitants. Before 1971, Guácimo was part of the County of Pococí. In that year by law Nº 4573 this community ended up becoming the sixth county in the province of Limón.

This county is home to the prestigious EARTH University. Guácimo grows in importance on the national map after the installation of the railway, which made it an important stop for the old train that ran from the Central Valley to the Atlantic sea.

This rural town on the east coast of the country has many banana and pineapple plantations. The area is not much visited by tourists. Residents of Guácimo live a simple life, often urging others to remain tranquilo, or relaxed. This town has great opportunities when it comes to Agricultural or Ecotourism value-added businesses endeavors. It has abundant clean and fresh white waters, like the Jiménez River.

Key Facts:

Founded: May 3, 1971
Area: 222 km²
Weather: 27°C.
Wind: SE at 6 km/h, 84%

It has an extension of 1.765,79 km² and a population of 105.000 habitants. It is divided in four districts, Limon, Valle de la Estrella, Rio Blanco and Matama. It is a port city and recently added the container port to its curriculum. Limon is one of the shipping centers in Latin America and the Caribbean, 90% of the country’s exports and imports come through Limon…

Outside of town we also found the Costa Rican Petroleum Refinery, RECOPE and several cardboard plants they are geared to the banana and pineapple industries.

Many of the investment properties are for commercial and industrial use, especially for container yards.

There are also hotels and restaurants to receive tourists who enjoy the colorful vibe of Afro-Caribbean zone, so investments in this regard have also been increasing.

Matina’s county is the fifth county of the province of Limon. During the pre-Columbian era, the province of Limón was inhabited by different native groups: the huetares, suerres, pococís, tariacas, viceitas, terbis, where Suerre, Pococí and Tariaca were the three main populations. After the “Discovery of America” by Europeans, the Spaniards and their descendants, were taking the lands that were more accessible for the establishment of their farms, which were worked by African slaves, during the years of the Colony.

From the second half of the seventeenth century, the cultivation of cocoa began in the area, which motivated Matina to acquire great importance.

In 1870, General Tomás Guardia assumed the construction of the railway, and with its construction, the population was expanded, later in the 1930s the cultivation and export of bananas was promoted, and it was increased rapidly.

After the decade of 1960 the Government of Costa Rica made a great effort to implement a processes of land distribution. Which enabled many families to have received land under allocation, and in some of these cases, they have received their property title. However, in the Limón-Matina Territory, the case of areas that overlap with other special land tenure regimes is presented, so it is not possible to title those properties.

Today Matina continues to be the agricultural hub in banana production. But not only that, Matina encloses great protected areas for the enjoyment of the tourist such as:

  • La Amistad NationalPark
  • Barbilla NationalPark
  • Limoncito National Mixed Wildlife Refuge
  • The Río Pacuare Reserve
  • The Banano River Basin Protection Zone

This county includes all that area located between the Caribbean coast and the mouths of the Río Pacuare to the north and the Río Toro to the south. It lies between the Río Madre de Dios on the northwest side and the Río Toro on the east, and ranges as far south at the Río Boyei in the Cordillera de Talamanca.

The climate is rainy, typical of the Atlantic slope. The months of October, March and April are known to have less rain fall. The temperatures oscillate between 24 and the 30 ºC. This is a rural banana town with most businesses directed to the production and transportation of its fruit.

Pococí is the second county in the province of Limón in Costa Rica. The county covers an area of 2,403.49 km², making it the third largest of Costa Rica’s counies. It has a population of 125,962 approximately, making it seventh-ranked. Its capital is the city of Guápiles, which houses many of the county’s services and businesses.The county takes in the Caribbean coast from the Río Toro northward to the border with Nicaragua. It ranges inland in a southwestern direction with the Río Chirripó forming the western border. The county ends in the Cordillera Central where the Río Sucio crosses the highway in Braulio Carrillo National Park. This exuberant river was one of the locations were the famous movie “Congo” was filmed.

The Caribbean coast of Pococí boasts extensive wetlands and several protected areas, including:

  • Tortuguero National Park and
  • Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge.
  • In the Braulio Carrillo National Park area is located the first aerial tram in the world to travel through a rainforest, called Rainforest Adventures and recently added to NatGeographic’s top ten adventure trips.

Much of the northern portion of the county is inundated year-round or seasonally, and inaccessible by road. The wetlands stretch inland the length of the canton. The coastal areas provide important sea turtle nesting habitat. These protected areas and wetlands are an important eco-tourism destination.

Communities:

Guápiles is a district and capital of the county of Pococí. It is an area of gentle rolling hills where you will encounter an abundance of rivers and streams.

Temperature will run about 29 Celsius on a daily average but cool down nicely to cover up for a good night’s rest without requiring AC. When it rains, the area seldom floods because of the gorgeous slopes. In many neighboring areas, especially near the coasts, flooding can be a major problem. This region is an area of Costa Rica that prides itself with its clean fresh and exhilarating link to nature.

Guápiles and the entire Caribbean area are also considered to be geologically stable. You are not likely to get many earthquakes or tremors out here.

This area is known for its lush emerald green surroundings the quality and availability of clean water is incredible. In the nearby Braulio Carrillo National Park, the second largest National Park in Costa Rica and is first in importance because it is the source of sixty percent of the fresh water consumed in the country.

Most of the small towns in the Canton have favorite “swimming holes” the place to be on a beautiful hot sunny day. Of course, there are many places where you can go hiking and take a refreshing dip under a cascading waterfall. Braulio Carrillo National Park has both a cloud forest, and a rain forest, and is one of the only parks that contain both. Definitely not an area to be missed at any cost.

Near the park you will find an aerial tram, or Canopy Tours available if one wishes to explore the heights at the top of the trees and the numerous plants and animals that live there.

We also find the lower cost of living very attractive. One can still purchase Costa Rica land here from as little as $8.00 per square meter price range, which is fantastic when it is compared to the Pacific coast where land is selling from $100.00 to $300.00 per square meter. A perfect example is Rio Dante. It is so close but still nestled in its own cradle of serene nature. Then to top it off you are only 55 minutes from San Jose. You are right we absolutely are in love with Guápiles and its surrounding areas.

A very important note to add is that the new Mega port in Moín has been completed and is up and running. This will bring a well-deserved boost to the local and national economies. This is the country’s most important port serving both import and export markets.

To better serve the Atlantic region the # 32 highway that runs from San José, Guápiles and to Limon is currently under construction and being upgraded to a 4-lane highway. The completion should be expected in the next 24 months. This is tremendous news for residents and businesses of the region. This is great news for residents and businesses in the region. This important fact will revalue the lands and properties in the area, so this is a great time to invest.

Siquirres is the third county of Limón. You will find it in the middle of the province halfway between Guápiles and the port city of Limon on route 32. It has temperatures around 29°C. In the last years the principal activity has been agriculture. Producing banana pineapple and cattle.

Adventure tourism has become very important, most tourist make it a must to go white water rafting on the Pacuare and Reventazón rivers.

Talamanca is the most extensive of the six cantons of the province of Limon in Costa Rica. Its extensive biodiversity runs from the Mountain range of Talamanca Chirripó at 3819 meters is Costa Rica’s highest peak. Its beaches are some of the most beautiful as well.The National Cahuita National Park, has a unique barrier of coral reefs and can be found in Puerto Vargas, Gandoca- Manzanillo beach, Black beach and many more can be found along it’s gorgeous shoreline.

The reserve named Hitoy-Cerere is one of the most visited of the canton. Its population is made up of different ethnic groups, such as Talamanca’s original Cabecar and Bribri groups, the canton borders with Panama to the south Sixaola being the border crossing.

Many tourists cross this post on their way to Bocas del Toro in Panama.

All the coastal area offers great opportunities for titled property purchases at a very reasonable rate if you compare it with the price range of land in the pacific coast and has an exuberance without limits. Also, there is a large European expatriate community here.

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