Costa Rica Caribbean
Costa Rica-Caribbean coast is nestled between Panama and Nicaragua. Its sandy beaches meet the crystal blues waters of the Caribbean Sea. By definition Caribbean means an arm of the Atlantic Ocean between North and South America—the beginning of the Gulf Stream running in a counterclockwise current. Due to its location its water is clear, warm and less salty than the Atlantic Ocean. Volcanic activity, earthquakes and hurricanes all play a part in the Caribbean circle of life.
The West Indies archipelago borders the Caribbean on the North and East, South America on the South and the Central American isthmus on the West. The Yucatán Channel links the Caribbean to the Gulf of Mexico. Since the opening of the Panama Canal, the Caribbean is an important shipping point to the Pacific Ocean. There are several straits leading to the Atlantic Ocean including the Windward Channel and Mona Passage.
Cocoa, sugarcane and bananas are the main local products traded from Costa Rica on the sea. Petroleum, iron ore, bauxite and sugar are also traded on the Caribbean from other countries. The Caribbean and Costa Rica are dependent on U.S. and European investment including a large tourism industry. The Caribbean Sea has acted as a barrier, preventing the blending of peoples characteristic of Latin America. The growth of tourism in Costa Rica has attracted immigrants to the area.
Surfing is a popular pastime along the Caribbean coastline. There are a wide variety of beaches that produce different surfing possibilities.
The Caribbean is a giant fish tank of tropical color that can be viewed by boat or while snorkeling along the reefs. Deep-sea fishing brings in the big catches such as marlin, sails, dorado, wahoo, tuna, snook, and tarpon.
No matter your tastes the Caribbean has your satisfaction in mind.