Culture and History
The lovely town, Manzanillo located on the most southern coastline of Caribbean Costa Rica, was named for the Manzanillo tree. The fruit of this tree is toxic, but the tree is hard to find in the area today.
The town was originally founded by 2 families from the Islands of Bocas del Toro and Bastimientos in Panama and Jamaicans that had immigrated to work in the area.
The Jamaicans brought a West African heritage with them called Afro-Caribbean. There is a unique language known as Patwa that the local people still speak. There are many customs and festivals with strong African influences that you will find to this day. It was a largely fishing-based economy along with the cultivation of cacao and coconuts.
The cacao was a very successful for many years,but unfortunately, in 1990 a fungus devastated the the trees.