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The Caribbean Coast

The Caribbean Coast is entirely different than the Pacific Coast - reggae music is common, things are more relaxed, rum fruit punch replaces Margaritas, the food is spicier, some beaches are a mix of black volcanic and light coral sands, and the northern part of the coast is a major sea turtle egg laying area. Limon is the major commercial port of Costa Rica and not usually a tourist destination, but Peurto Viejo to the south is a great small town to visit where many places focus on natural settings.

The Pacuare River is one of the biggest attractions in this part of the country because of its outstanding white water rafting and scenic beauty. In addition to excitement, white rafting tours include a tasty buffet lunch served on the bottom of an overturned raft. Pacuare scenery includes canyons, waterfalls, birds and local boys who grew up on the river. Many companies provide rafting trips, including ones that include an overnight stay at a riverside jungle lodge.