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Carnival Time!

 

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This year's Limon Carnival parade was the classic combination of national marching bands, local organisations, and Caribbean flair for an unfogettable celebration of the region's culture!

 

 

 

 

 

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Calypso Season is Coming!

The annual Walter Ferguson Calpyso Festival is shaping up for it fifth year and it's looking like another long weekend of fun, dance, and of course, hours of Calyso beats!

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The current itinerary is subject to change, but we're already excited about four night of Calypso party!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fly Away with Me!

While flying in a 12 seater plane isn't everyone's idea of fun; it can be a very efficient alternative to the hours spent on a bus from San Jose to Limon/Tortuguero or vice versa.

Luggage weight is restricted to 30 lbs per person with a charge of $1 per every extra pound.

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Bags waiting for the plane

The plane is small!

But the views are fantastic!

The pilot and co-pilot are close enough to see and hear their every move.

We had a brilliant view of the very active Turrialba Volcano.

 

What a way to see Costa Rica!

From the green mountains of the Braullio Carrillo National Park...

...to the urban landscape of San Jose!

The Sansa landing area is just a stone's throw from the international Juan Santamaria Airport.

Flying back, via Tortuguero was a real treat!

Land in Tortuguero and then head off by boat to the hotel. What an adventure!

The canals of Tortuguero glistening in the sunlight.

Flying along the Caribbean coast with canals and jungle on one side and the ocean on the other.

 

This river snakes through the greenery.

The port of Limon stands out in this long stretch of barely populated coastline.

Coming down to land in Limon after the 15 minute ride from Tortuguero.  The island of Uvita is visible out at sea, and the docked cruise ships are quite the sight!

For more information, see our flights page

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Musical Solution from the Cahuita Family Band

Cahuita Family Band in Limon

The Cahuita Family Band has a strong membership from the town’s young population who have built up the group from nothing to a musical force in the region over the last few years. Their participation in the Christopher Columbus Anniversary celebrations in Limon this Sunday marks another step towards their recognition in this very competitive musical field.
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Led by drummer Jay Andy Herriquez and lyrist and dancer, Kenroy Evagonish, the band has a demanding practice schedule to ensure that the drums, lyres, percussion and dancers are all together in rhythm and movements. Many members juggle studies, work and parenting commitments to play in the band. The community support for the Family Band is strong as involvement in this cultural activity is helping to keep young people away from negative influences.
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From the youngest member, Jamel, who is just 5 years old to those in their twenties; the band brings together children and young adults to work together as a team. The band often struggle to find adequate practice space as the large group with their instruments requires a well-lit space to rehearse, but it is hoped that local residents will continue to support the use of the local park and community center, as the practices also draw the interest of tourists.

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Kedward drumming

Their last performance in Cahuita’s town center for the celebrations of Independence Day on September 15th brought the crowds to their feet with their rousing drumming, great tunes, and synchronized dance steps.

The band has been supported by the fund-raising efforts of family and community members to pay for uniforms and transportation to allow them to compete and parade in various events nationwide. For more information on how the band has changed young lives in the community or how you can support them, contact us at www.cahuitainfo.com

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Independence Day Celebrations!

 

Live Forever in Work and Peace

September is the month of patriotic celebrations in Costa Rica but the most important day is the 15th which is Independence Day.  So how can you join in?

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The torch will be brought by runners selected from local schools into the center of Cahuita.  This is usually about 3:00pm.  Listen for the sirens of the accompanying police cars to know when they are close, and stay out on the highway or the main road into town to support them running with the burning flame in the afternoon heat.  This symbol of freedom has been brought through Central America, and similar flames burn all over the isthmus today in recognition of the independence from Spain.

Come to the primary school in Cahuita at 5:30pm for the "acto civico" when schoolchildren and locals gather to sing patriotic hymns and see traditional dancing.  Then the fun really begins!  Children parade through the streets of Cahuita with their home-made lanterns. These are usually in red, white and blue (the colors of the flag) and have cultural significance, so you'll see plenty of ox-carts!  The Ministry of Education wisely prohibited real candles in the lanterns a few years ago so now the parade is no longer a fire risk 😉  Come and walk with the parade.  You can buy a ready-made lantern from Yorda's store in town or one of the liberias.

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The celebrations for Independence Day begin at 9:00am with another "acto civico" of dancing, singing and poetry.  Then the big parade begins with marching bands, school children in traditional dress and lots of smiling faces.  The bands are the biggest attraction with carefully designed uniforms and rehearsed routines to wow the crowds.  Get on the sunblock, dress in red, white and blue, and bring your camera for an authentic taste of Costa Rican tradition!

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Bring on the summer sun!!!!!

Summertime and the living is easy.....

September and October are THE  months of the year to visit the South Caribbean.  The weather is at its best with hot, sunny days and little rain.  The sea is calm and perfectly clear for snorkelling, and for local youths to dive for lobster -- look out for it advertised on restaurant boards for the freshest seafood you can imagine.

2016-08-28 10.40.07And as this little summertime is while the rest of the country is in "green season," it's still a bit of a secret...so you'll pay low season prices and there's few other tourists to share it with.

The celebrations for Independence Day include marching bands through the streets of Cahuita on the 15th of September, and is an authentic cultural experience.  The Limon Carnival in October (yet to be confirmed) is another opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture of the country with huge street parades with costumed revellers and lots of music.

2016-09-03 11.00.46Now while we can't guarantee that the skies will always be blue; you won't be sorry to take your vacation in Caribbean summertime!

The 8th Festival 'Diaspora Africana' comes to Cahuita!

From the 26th to 30th of August 2016 the 8th annual Diaspora Africana Festival is being held in Cahuita with music, traditional games, competitions and lots of fun and food.  There's so much going on so see the timetable below so you don't miss out!

Friday, August 26th

Main stage:

10:00am to 12:00 midday  Inauguration

Cunlimon/Sinem Orchestra
International band from Changuinola, Panama
Prof Claudio Reed to speak
Traditional dances

2:00pm to 4:00pm Marching band competition

5:00pm to 6:30pm Pre-selection of DJ competition

7:00pm Gary Mitchell and band

9:00pm Kawe with Johnny Dixon

Cahuita School

2:00pm to 4:00pm    Student Domino Competition

Art corner

2:00pm to 5:00pm Storytelling and lantern making

Fair

12:00 midday to 6:00pm Caribbean food available to buy

Saturday, August 27th

Main stage:

5:00pm to 6:30pm Pre-selection of DJ competition

7:00pm Chocolate group and the Costa Rican Celia Cruz, Claudia Peart

Cahuita School and the football field

9:00pm to 3:00pm    Masculine and Feminine Football Tournament

Town Center

1:00pm to 4:00pm Parade of bands, floats and groups

Art corner

2:00pm to 5:00pm Storytelling and lantern making

Fair

12:00 midday to 6:00pm Caribbean food available to buy

Sunday, August 28th

Main Stage

5:00pm to 7:00pm Final of the DJ competition
8:00pm Bandon and Toledo, Charlene Stewart and Sasha Campbell and David Tucker

9:30pm Fireworks

National Park

8:00am Trail race 5 km

9:00pm 'Walking for our history' 7km family walk along the trail

10:00pm Children's dive camp
Cahuita Park

Football field

10:00am to 3:00pm Cricket

Cahuita Center

1:00pm to 4:00pm Horse Parade

2:00pm to 5:00pm Adult domino tournament

Monday, August 29th

Cahuita school

8:30am to 5:00pm Conference 'The hidden truths of the Costa Rican Caribbean'

7:00pm to 8:30pm Dinner dance

Tuesday, August 30th

National Park

8:00am to 10:30am Scientific tour of architectural sites by Dr. Lynn Harrys

Cahuita School

11:00am to 12:00 midday Municipality of Talamanca honors the Afro-Caribbean Cultural Day

2:00pm to 5:00pm Conferences and panals

Get ready for the Cahuita Calypso Festival

From the 8th to 10th of July 2016 is the annual Calypso Festival with international artists joining local talent for a celebration of this Caribbean musical genre.  There's so much going on so see the timetable below so you don't miss out!

Friday, July 8th              Black Beach

10:00am     Recreational Games

1:00pm        Zumba Class

2:00pm         Dance Group of the  Escuela Complimentaria

3:00pm         Walter Ferguson Documentary

3:30pm          Event Inauguration

4:00pm           Siquirres UNED Calypso Project

5:00pm             Mike Joseph and Leche de Coco

6:00pm              Johnny Hall and the Intercaribena from Nicaragua

7:00pm              Calypso Limon Legends

8:00pm                Cantoamerica and Kawe Calypso

9:00pm                Invited group from San Andres, Colombia

 

Saturday, July 9th                     Cahuita Center

10:00am               Calypso Workshop in the Salon Comunal

2:00pm                  Calypso Musical Group from Limon

3:00pm                  Gospel Messangers

4:00pm                   Square dance Group from Limon

5:00pm                   UCR Limon Calypso and dance project

6:00pm                    Calypso Project and dance group from Limon

7:00pm                    Afro-Caribbean Calypso from San Jose

8:00pm                    Junior and his Calypso from Puerto Viejo

9:00pm                     Invited artist from Trinidad and Tobago

Sunday, July 10th                  Cahuita Center

2:00pm                      UCR Turrialba Calypso Project

3:00pm                       UCR Heredia  Calypso Project

4:00pm                        Ice Breakers from Puerto Viejo

5:00pm                        Mateo and his Calypso from Puerto Viejo

6:00pm                         Shanty and his Calypso from Limon

7:00pm                          Roots Group from Siquirres

8:00pm                         Yomira John from Panama

So plan your time to get the best of the weekend!

 

 

 

Get ready for the Cahuita Calypso Festival

From the 8th to 10th of July 2016 is the annual Calypso Festival with international artists joining local talent for a celebration of this Caribbean musical genre.  There's so much going on so see the timetable below so you don't miss out!

Friday, July 8th              Black Beach

10:00am     Recreational Games

1:00pm        Zumba Class

2:00pm         Dance Group of the  Escuela Complimentaria

3:00pm         Walter Ferguson Documentary

3:30pm          Event Inauguration

4:00pm           Siquirres UNED Calypso Project

5:00pm             Mike Joseph and Leche de Coco

6:00pm              Johnny Hall and the Intercaribena from Nicaragua

7:00pm              Calypso Limon Legends

8:00pm                Cantoamerica and Kawe Calypso

9:00pm                Invited group from San Andres, Colombia

 

Saturday, July 9th                     Cahuita Center

10:00am               Calypso Workshop in the Salon Comunal

2:00pm                  Calypso Musical Group from Limon

3:00pm                  Gospel Messangers

4:00pm                   Square dance Group from Limon

5:00pm                   UCR Limon Calypso and dance project

6:00pm                    Calypso Project and dance group from Limon

7:00pm                    Afro-Caribbean Calypso from San Jose

8:00pm                    Junior and his Calypso from Puerto Viejo

9:00pm                     Invited artist from Trinidad and Tobago

Sunday, July 10th                  Cahuita Center

2:00pm                      UCR Turrialba Calypso Project

3:00pm                       UCR Heredia  Calypso Project

4:00pm                        Ice Breakers from Puerto Viejo

5:00pm                        Mateo and his Calypso from Puerto Viejo

6:00pm                         Shanty and his Calypso from Limon

7:00pm                          Roots Group from Siquirres

8:00pm                         Yomira John from Panama

So plan your time to get the best of the weekend!

 

 

 

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