Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
The ancient history of this stunning country is shrouded in mystery. The first recorded event was the arrival of Christopher Columbus, who stayed in the area surrounding Puerto Limon for 17 days in 1502. He was so impressed by the gold jewellery worn by the natives that he named the area ‘Costa Rica’ or the ‘rich coast’. However, the gold he hoped for was never discovered in great quantities.
Puerto Limon was founded in 1870 as a port for exporting bananas and grains. Today it is one of the leading ports in the country exporting coffee, cocoa and coconuts. Local attractions include Vargas Park and the downtown market offering everything from exotic fruits and vegetables to antiques and curios.