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Limón, a beautiful province in Costa Rica, is located on the eastern tip of the country. To the northeast is the Caribbean Sea to the west is Heredia, Cartago and San José with Puntarenas in the southwest and Panama in the southeast. This area has great cultural diversity with roots of the indigenous cultures of Costa Rica, the Afro-Caribbean, white and Chinese.

Right now investors have a great opportunity to make money before major real estate developments raise the prices. The new developments are breathing life into Limón real estate and bringing a potential flood of tourist dollars. A billion-dollar gentrification project is going to transform the forgotten port town. Getting in on the right side of this massive cash injection, one could make a lot of money.

When Costa Rica tourism began bringing in foreign visitors in the 1980s, it was the northern Pacific coast that most benefited. Those who bought in the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica in the 1980s have done extremely well. Prices have appreciated tenfold in locations like Tamarindo. Today this area of Costa Rica is known worldwide as a playground for the rich and famous. By contrast, Limón isn’t well known but that is about to change.

The Costa Rican government has decided to develop Limón in much the same way the Mexican government developed Cancun in the ’70s. The Costa Rican President allocated $80 million to start the restoration of cultural buildings in Limón and to improve the city infrastructure. The rest of the $900 million will come from private investments.

The first major development on this Caribbean coastline has already started. The $40 million development includes a 500-slip marina, two breakwaters, a shopping center, 800 homes, a yacht repair area, and a luxury hotel.

The marina will change Limón much like Los Suenos did on the Pacific side of the country. Los Suenos was Costa Rica’s only private marina and when it was developed the area boomed. That will happen on the Caribbean side. Cafes, restaurants, bars, and boutiques are springing up and, of course, prices will rise for the marina residences.

The coastline looks like it comes right out of a coffee table travel book. The sand is white and the water is turquoise. From the Talamanca Mountains there are magnificent views of the Caribbean, the surrounding mountains & valleys.  Purchasing property now, investors will be able to take advantages of the lower prices. With the development of Limón, and the new marina, this area won’t remain “forgotten” for long.

Highway 32 connects San Jose to the lush, spotless Caribbean beaches of the Limón province. Only eighty miles east of the airport, this area is home to the famed Tortuguero National Park, and miles of perfectly preserved rain forests that stretch up to the warm Atlantic shores. Puerto Limón is one of the most geographically diverse areas in all of Central America. Nature lovers will never run out of things to do in Limón. The diving, snorkeling and surfing is the some of the finest on the country’s Caribbean coast.

Limón offers 336 km of white sands, palm trees, beaches and national parks that protect tropical rain forests and coral reefs as well as hundreds of species of flora and fauna in danger of extinction.  Tortuguero National Park has the largest sample of protected tropical rainforest with channels and rivers, where one can see the spawning of sea turtles and see more than 300 species of birds including the beautiful green macaw, the Pavón and toucans. The place is also famous for the wide diversity of marine ecosystems, such as Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, Manzanillo, Uvita Island, Punta Uva, Cocles and Gandoca-Manzanillo.

This area has a warm humid climate, with tropical breezes and an average annual temperature of 25.5 º C. The temperatures range between 35C and 15C. It is located about 209 km from San Jose.

Christopher Columbus arrived in this province on the Island Uvita on September 18, 1502. The name of the province comes from a lemon tree that stood front of the governor’s office, which was the only one of its kind. During the colonial period & the years following, Limón was sparsely populated due to the many pirate attacks.

For much of the last century, Limón was a company town. The United Fruit Company managed the port, built the railroads and bridges, looked after the colonial buildings, and ran the local businesses. Bananas were better business than tourism. When the company left the town in the 1960s, Limón became Costa Rica’s forgotten province.

Located within Limón’s territory are the oil refiner RECOPE and several state institutions such as JAPDEVA. It has a small industrial area but is still dedicated mostly to agriculture. It has the largest banana production in the country which makes Costa Rica the second largest exporter of the fruit. Limón is also the largest lemon producer in the world. The port is the largest in Costa Rica and one of the largest container transit centers in Latin America. Cruise ships are becoming more prevalent as well.

Searching for sloths while sitting in Vargas Park, near the Limón’s seawall is a very unique Costa Rican experience. Though well camouflaged, the sloths like to hang out near the city’s Municipal Market. Delicious examples of Costa Rican food are found in the market and street vendors sell incredibly fresh tropical fruit.

The carnival of Limón is one of the most famous parties in the country and is held in October to commemorates the arrival of the Spaniards in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica has a tremendous amount of experiences to offer and now may be the best time to buy in Limón before the cost of properties equal those of the Pacific Coast.

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