Getting there & away
Puerto Limón is the transportation hub of the Caribbean coast.
Buses to and from San José, Moín, Guápiles and Siquirres arrive at Terminal Caribeño (Av 2 btwn Calles 7 & 8) on the west side, walking distance from all the hotels. Buses to points south all depart from Autotransportes Mepe (Mepe; Av 4 btwn Calles 2 & 4).
Bribrí & Sixaola (Mepe) US$3, three hours, depart at 5am, 7am, 8am, 10am, noon, 1pm, 4pm and 6pm.
Cahuita (Mepe) US$1, 1½ hours, depart at 5am, 6am, 8am, 10am, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm and 6pm.
Guápiles via Siquirres & Guácimo (Empresarios Guápileños; Terminal Caribeño) US$2, two hours, depart hourly 6am to 6pm.
Manzanillo (Mepe) US$2, 2½ hours, depart at 6am, 10:30am, 3pm and 6pm.
Moín, for boats to Tortuguero (Tracasa; Terminal Caribeño) US$0.25, 20 minutes, depart hourly 5:30am to 6:30pm.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (Mepe) US$1.75, 2½ hours, depart at 5am, 8am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 6pm.
San José (Autotransportes Caribeños; Terminal Caribeño) US$3.50, three hours, depart hourly 5am to 8pm.
There is only one gas station on the coast south of Limón, at the crossroads just north of Cahuita.
Cruise ships occasionally dock in Limón, but most boats providing transportation use the major port at Moín, about 7km west of Limón.