The Pan-Caribbean Town of Puerto Limón

Puerto Limón

The people of Costa Rica are ambivalent about explorer and colonizer Christopher Columbus. During his fourth and final voyage in 1502 Columbus colonized the east coast and introduced the Christian faith. However, he did this by forcefully enslaving the natives and stealing their property.

Today, we visited Puerto Limón (Spanish for lemon), a harbor town known better for it’s shipping operations of bananas than tourism. In the distance we could see Uvita Island, said to be where Columbus landed.

We walked the streets of the town watching people dined al fresco on chicharróns, white rice and black beans, a popular dish at breakfast, lunch or dinner. A local beach, albeit dirty with overflowing trash bins and homeless dogs, offered waves big enough for surfing.