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Today, people who carry Jamaican heritage continue to cook Caribbean food and speak English patois, some not learning Spanish until elementary school.Though they are Tico (the local term for Costa Rican) and proud, they are also prideful of Caribbean culture, especially music and dance.

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Afro-Caribbean people in Costa Rica were denied citizenship and prohibited from traveling outside of Limón until 1949.

From then until today, Limón and its people have been among the nation’s most neglected. This has given Limón a partially true reputation as being plagued with drug violence and an exaggerated and racist interpretation of its people as all being gun toting narco-traffickers.

During the two years I lived in Costa Rica, I spent as many nights dancing to reggae in city-style San Jose clubs until dawn as I did at wallless bars on tropical beaches.

Going out in Puerto Limón, the capital city of the Caribbean coastal province, was no joke.

Far from most tourists’ radars, the Caribbean coastal province Limón is home to a deep-rooted Jamaican culture, the fruits of which continue to thrive today.

In this part of Costa Rica, reggae has the music and style scene on lock.

Dancehall songs in particular are sung in English patois or mixed with Spanish.

With the combination of local and internationally produced tunes, there is never lack of a good reggae party in Costa Rica.

One of the many banana plantations that still dominate the Caribbean coastal region Acon is of mixed Caribbean and Chinese ancestry.

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