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What it's Like to Retire in Limon

Costa Rica is a popular retirement destinations for expats due to its climate, beauty, and low cost of living. The city of Puerto Limón, commonly known as Limón, stretches along the Caribbean Coast, and although more underdeveloped than other towns in Costa Rica, it is considered to be one of the most pristine areas of the country offering wetlands, mountains and scenic landscape. With a population of over 55,000 Puerto Limón is a nature lovers paradise with parks and waterways for birding and watching the wildlife. The town has some beautiful architecture, and is lined with open markets and street vendors as it is a main stop for cruise ships traveling through the Panama Canal and home to two port terminals. Carnaval is an annual fall festival that celebrates Christopher Columbus anchoring off of Limon’s coast in 1502. Picture of View of Lemon from El Faro Restaurant and photo of the MS Zuiderdam docked at the port in Limon Costa Rica courtesy of Wikipedia and Roger; photo of the Cathedral -its bell tower is tallest building in Limon, courtesy of Wikipedia and Andrey Munoz.
 

Where to Retire in Limon and Home Prices

Limón is divided into four districts which are in turn subdivided into pueblos and poblados (neighborhoods and villages). A villa that would meet the comforts of home expats are use to will cost a little over $100,000.
 

What is special about Limon

Limon is on the Caribbean coast and with a mild year-round temperature of about 77 degrees. It is home to Tortuguero National Park where you can kayak and explore the plethora of wildlife which includes manatees, monkeys, aviary species and turtles. Limon features open-air markets, health care, restaurants, and a few museums.
 

What is not special about Limon

In order to have lush rainforests, you have to expect a lot of rain, and Limon gets a lot of rain-about 100 inches annually. The coastline here is dedicated to shipping ports and cruise ships so the beautiful beaches are a couple of miles from the town.
 

Who will like retirement in Limon

Expats who want a low cost of living in a town with a mild (but rainy) climate, outdoor markets, a scenic national park with waterways to enjoy birding and wildlife habitats, and low cost or free health care may enjoy living here.
 

Local economy is driven by

shipping and tourism drive the economy.
 

Climate and Physical Environment

Limón has a tropical rainforest climate with a moderate temperature in the high 70's. There is no dry season here as the area gets over 100 inches of rain a year, but the driest month is September and the wettest month is December.
 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Puerto Limón is famous in Costa Rica for its yearly fall festival, Carnaval, which occurs in October. The event lasts about a week, and includes a parade, food, music, and dancing. The city is home to a few museums and attractions for travelers such as Vargasa Park and Tortuguero National Park.
 

Crime

The crime rate here is low.
 

Medical facilities

Medical facilities are located in the port city of Limon, including Hospital Dr. Tony Facio Castro.
 

Transportation

Limón is served by the Pablo Zidar International Airport on the coast south of the city.
 

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