Canton No. 5: Matina
Capital: Matina City
Km from Matina to San José: 168 km
Size: 772.64 km2
Habitants 1999: 26,000
District 1: Matina City
District 2: Batán
District 3: Carrandi, Estrada
Cacao was the first export crop from Costa Rica. In the 1650´s, Matina was used as an important port for cacao export, so important that Fort San Fernando was built there by the Spanish in 1742. It was declared a foreign port in 1811.
The area is drained by the rivers Matina, Moín and Madre de Dios. Chief products are bananas, cacao, plantain, pejibaye and beef cattle.
The canton has a zone which has been very popular with tourists seeking wildlife: the navigable canals of Totuguero. There are indigenous communites of Chirripó and protected areas as well.
The canton has average temperatures of 26 Degrees Celcius.
Cantons of Limón
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