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Muelle De San Carlos/Costa Rica

Introducing Muelle De San Carlos

This small crossroads village is locally called Muelle. It was once an important dock (hence the name, and remnant shipping infrastructure) as it’s the most inland spot from which the Río San Carlos is navigable. These days it's in sugarcane country and is a rest stop for truckers and travelers.

Tourists tend to stop for photo ops at Centro Turistica Las Iguanas, just before the bridge, where countless iguanas like to hang out in the bamboo above the river. The place itself serves forgettable tourist fare and souvenirs. Other than that, the main tourist activity in Muelle is pulling over to have a look at the map. A 24-hour gas station lies at the intersection of Hwy 4 (which connects Ciudad Quesada and Upala) and Hwy 35 (running from San José to Los Chiles). From Hwy 4 you can easily catch Hwy 32, the main artery serving the Caribbean coast.