Beginning at the port city of Limon, 3.5 hours from the capital city of San José, Costa Rica's Caribbean coast is a succession of spectacular beaches that stretch from the old port of Limon south to the border of Panama. Sunbathers, snorkelers, scuba divers, and surfers can all be satisfied in this region, and it's kid friendly, too. At the southernmost end of the road Manzanillo beach awaits, a quiet beach good for swimming, where fishermen still ply the waters and and dolphins may be spotted off shore. A few kilometers to the north, Punta Uva beach is the best beach for snorkeling and scuba diving, and it's home to a hidden blue grotto. Sand dollars wriggle beneath your toes at Playa Negra, look for the rusted barge with a tree growing out of it at the entrance to Puerto Viejo. El Parquecito and El Chino beaches are nice for family picnics near the center of town, and Playa Chiquita holds a special place in the hearts of many lovers -young and old- who have fallen under the spell of its secluded charms. Salsa Brava and Cocles Beaches, with their legendary surf and stellar sunsets, are special highlights of Puerto Viejo de Limon.
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