Black bread prepared with dried fruit, walnuts, and honey.
Rice & Beans
Rice and beans seasoned with coconut milk.
Fish soup with coconut milk, usually eaten with a touch of lemon.
A sponge cake soaked in three types of milk and decorated with meringue.
Typical food of Limon, Costa Rica
The culinary wealth of Costa Rica comes from its indigenous, Spanish, and African ancestors. The mixture of races and recipes produced flavorful dishes.
"Pan Bon" is a loyal representative of the mixture of European and Caribbean cultures in the region of Limón. This black bread is made with flour, dried fruit, walnuts, butter, egg whites, vanilla, hibiscus seed, honey, and sugar. Another typical dish is "Rice & Beans", seasoned with coconut milk, shredded coconut, sweet chili, garlic, oil, pepper, and salt. Another regional meal is "Rondón", a fish soup (usually of snapper) with green plantains, coconut milk, peppers, sweet chili, and spices. It is served hot with a touch of lemon.
A traditional and very popular drink on the coast of Limón is clear brandy, locally called Cacique. Since it is not aged in oak barrels, it is not called rum. Coffee, either black or with milk, is traditionally accompanied with a dessert.
"Tres leches" is a dessert of unknown origin that spread in Latin America. In this region, this cake is prepared with a mixture of three milks (condensed, evaporated, and cream) poured over a sponge cake and decorated with meringue.
You can find a variety of restaurants in Limón, such as Mirador Bar and Restaurante El Faro, where you can try typical regional food, as well as international and Caribbean dishes.
Rainfall is heavy throughout the year, you should pack an umbrella or a rain jacket.
We suggest you to drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated and to protect your skin with sunscreen.
We recommend wearing light colored clothing made of natural fabrics and a hat to stay fresh.
The weather in Limon, Costa Rica
Limón has a tropical equatorial climate characterized by abundant rainfall most of the year and constant high temperatures. Small changes in the weather are caused by the flow of warm air coming from the Northeast. The average temperature is 26 °C (79 °F), but it varies up to eight degrees between day and night.
What to bring by season
The weather in Limón does not change much during the year, rainfall is frequent and torrential with a monthly average of 297 mm (12 in). September is the driest month, with only 14 rainy days, while December is the rainiest, with an average of 21 rainy days. Days are generally drier between May and October, while rainfall usually occurs in the afternoon or the evening. Temperature varies by only one or two degrees throughout the year, but there are large fluctuations during the day, with average lows of 22 °C (72 °F) at night and average highs of 30 °C (86 °F) during the day. Relative humidity in Limón is 78% and the UV index is extreme or very high all the time.
You should pack cotton or linen clothing to stay cool, a hat or a cap, sunglasses, and comfortable shoes. Remember to protect your skin with sunscreen. Bring a folding umbrella or a rain jacket and a sweater to keep you warm at night, especially in January and February.
Limón is located on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, among tropical beaches and a jungle setting, making it an ideal destination for nature and sea lovers. Founded in the 19th century as a banana exporting port, it nowadays is a stopping point for several Caribbean cruises.
This port with a strong Afro-Caribbean influence features a market in the downtown area, where you can buy all sorts of handicrafts and souvenirs. It also offers numerous bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. Other attractions include Playa Bonita, one of the favorite destinations for surfers because of its strong waves. You can also take ecological tours through the Moín canals, where you can see the tropical flora and fauna of this area.
***The official currency of Costa Risca is the Costa Rican Colon (CRC).