Since Christopher Columbus first arrived in Costa Rica Caribbean side in 1502 he immediately referred to the area as “Costa Rica” (rich coast). One glimpse at the tropical beaches found here and you’ll understand why. Nature lovers will enjoy the two protected areas on the coast. Cahuita and the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. Cahuita is home to one of the largest coral reefs in the county. Also, has some of the best snorkeling fishing and horseback riding from this beautiful area.
Culture and Music – Costa Rica Caribbean Side
Afro-Caribbean culture, unique language, and rich culinary traditions and music abound here. This offers visitors to this area a different experience than what you’ll find in the rest of the country. You’ll love the Reggae and Calypso music that fills the restaurants and streets and the tasty dishes found here. Too, Costa Rica’s largest indigenous tribes are found on the Caribbean coast. Also, a visit to the Bribi indigenous reserve is a popular tour. This is so unique and special that many visitors prefer it to other destinations throughout the country, one visit here and you’ll see why!