Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast captures the true essence of tropical paradise. Blanketed in banana and pineapple plantations, the fertile coastal lowlands are home to huge swaths of impenetrable rainforests intersected by powerful rivers and canals that are home to thousands of bird, animal, and plant species. Some of the tiny townships and luxury resorts found here are only accessible by boat or air, such as the beautiful Pacuare Lodge and Tortuguero. Farther south is the commercial port of Limón and the wildly popular beach and surf towns of Cahuita and Puerto Viejo. Combined with the region’s largely Afro-Caribbean and Indigenous population, the Caribbean Coast is a veritable goldmine of cultural, culinary, and ecological riches.