Coastal Highlights & Banana Plantation

  • Port

    Puerto Limon (San Jose), Costa Rica

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD

    Price between $0-$50
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 3½ hours

  • Meals Included

    No

Departing from the pier of Puerto Limón, you’ll drive south past Cieneguita -- the oldest part of Limón. Many of Costa Rica’s 432,000 people are black descendants from Jamaica, originally brought here by Minor C. Keith to build the railroad that proved almost impossible. A number those Jamaicans stayed in the area after completion of the railroad to work on the cacao and banana plantations. Their houses were built on stilts, as the conditions of coastal swamps, landslides, flooding, jungle fevers and heavy rains made for hard-won battles.

Continuing your journey, you will pass Limón International Airport, banana and cacao plantations, and beautiful vistas of the Caribbean Sea from a coastline adorned with palm trees. Keep an eye out as you may spot white egrets, blue herons, kingfishers, pelicans, iguanas, flycatchers, roadside hawks and black-shouldered kites.

Visit a banana-processing plant to see how bananas are selected, cleaned and packed for export, and stop briefly at Bananito Village, where you can purchase local souvenirs to take home.

Notes:

Banana processing does not normally take place during weekends. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.