In the western part of the Costa Rica capital, San Juan, Paseo Colon is one of the city's main avenues, and also one of the most beautiful. It's all very busy, full of traffic, crowded in the late afternoons, and a nice place to go for a walk and get a feel for the city.
The city of Limón is the traditional "city pass" for travelers who come to Costa Rica. It is a center of the province of Limón, and there are big companies, hence its shopping streets are always full of people, cars, all types of fruits, colors and noise, and is really hectic. The city is on a major communications hub, as it is almost inevitable to use this area to go to any place in the country. There are many shops of all types which are the main artery of the city and its streets, a town halfway between San Jose, and the Arenal Volcano. Here you can buy electronics, handicrafts, fruit or whatever you can think of. There are countless red taxis, trucks and vans American style loading and unloading fruits (especially bananas) without stopping, crowd talking on phone booths, etc.. Yes, the most curious of these streets are hundreds of store signs and advertisements, and certainly dangerous power lines that "flies" many of the streets. The truth is that I would walk through the streets in a stormy day. Undoubtedly, there is a "good environment" and bustle that make this place special, a corner and a few streets you'll feel when walking a stranger observing as a traveler passes by, but in which, without realizing it, you blend in and co-live for a moment with the people, which is always a unique and special experience.
This broad avenue is a very pleasant place to go for a walk, being fully lined with trees and with architecturally interesting buildings. You can see large and small houses here, all traditional and interesting. Peace and relaxation guaranteed.
Cahuita's streets leave no one indifferent. I do not know why, but I had the idea that Cahuita was typically Caribbean, with many hotels, luxury resorts, etc. If you go with this idea you'll be surprised as there are two unpaved main streets in the form of a cross. They are streets where parked cars always huddle in corners and on the grass, there are many shops and most of them are related to the number one source of local income - tourism. There are all kinds shops and services: boat trips to snorkel in the coral reef in Punta Cahuita, guided tours of Cahuita National Park, renting surfboards, "booth" (rooms) to sleep, Internet access, and also, of course, bars and restaurants where you can have a cold beer and taste the typical dishes Ticos, although in this case, mixed with Caribbean flair. Numerous multi-colored wooden signs are used along these streets to advertise all kinds of shops and services. As I said, the streets themselves are pretty "wild" and certainly "rural". However, without doubt the magic of these streets is the "ambientillo rasta" or special Afrocaribbean air throughout the day, especially in the evening, when people go out to have a few beers or dance in a pub. This region has the distinction of having the most culturally diverse cuisine of all Costa Rica, since many people, Afro-Caribbean, mestizos, Asians and others emigrated to this area, all because in its day it was flourishing due to rail construction and banana plantations. This natural mixing makes the Costa Rican Caribbean people, especially those of the Cahuita and Limon, special and different, and not only in physical appearance.