PUERTO LIMON COSTA RICA | GENERAL INFORMATION
The Province of Limón is located on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica and has a territorial extension of 9,188 km2. It is bordered north and east by the Caribbean Sea, northwest by Nicaragua, west by the provinces of Heredia and Cartago, southwest by the province of San José, south by the province of Puntarenas and southeast by Panama. It is located about 163 kilometers from San José.
South of Limón is located the Cordillera de Talamanca, where the highest peaks of the country are found. The highest peak of Costa Rica is Cerro Chirripó, at 3,820 meters above sea level. The hydrographic system formed by the Reventazón River and the Parismina River is the most important river on the Caribbean coast.
Afro-Costa Rican culture is a combination of African traditions and their own particularities added by Afro-Costa Ricans within their own territorial, social and cultural dimension.
The cuisine of Limón is mainly known for its dishes of Afro-Caribbean roots, a product of the Antillean immigration. Among the main condiments include Panamanian chili, ginger, clove, pepper, onion, tomato, leek, thyme, nutmeg, vanilla, oyster sauce and coconut oil.
The rhythm of the Caribbean is marked by the calypso. Other rhythms typical of the area are soca, Afro-Cuban musical rhythms (guaracha, chachachá, rumba), and music from the south of the United States, particularly from New Orleans (jazz, blues, swing) and reggae.
The Carnival of Limón takes place from October 8 to 16. They are highlighted by costumed dances, masks and parades of colorful floats through the streets, as well as banquets. On August 31 of each year, Black and Afro-Costa Rican Culture Day is celebrated. Spanish is the official language, however, the Afro-descendant population communicates with Limonian Kryol, as well as Bribri and Cabécar within indigenous people.
It has a torrid climate with an average annual temperature of 25.5 ºC (78 °F). The historical temperature marks in Limón are 11 °C (52 °F) and 35 °C (95 °F). The average annual rainfall is 4,100 mm, the highest in Costa Rica.