The good, the bad, and the down-right ugly.

Trip Start Sep 03, 2011
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Trip End Mar 08, 2012


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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Limon,
Monday, January 2, 2012

Puerto Viejo is rumored to be the ultimate Caribbean party town however, during our stay we found it to be relatively sombre. We even managed to be the party goers on a big night out with our British friends. Like most other towns, Puerto Viejo (pronounced Vie-ho) is full of souvenir shops, bars and a few supermarkets. We also found a great local 'soda' restaurant which was a first during our stay in Costa Rica.

Puerto Viejo is home to Salsa Brava, one of the biggest reef breaks in Costa Rica. It's safe to say that I was relieved when Dave thought better of a surf here given the breaks reputation for broken boards, skin and bones.

We hired bikes and rode to some beaches outside of town however, only made it to the first beach before chilling the day away with James and George. Rather than be lazy we hired bikes for a second day to take the 13km ride to a neighbouring town Manzanillo. Along the way we saw a heap of Sloths and even managed to get up close and personal for a few pictures. They're quite tame animals and are generally not bothered by silly tourists trying to take their picture.

With 5km to Manzanillo it began to pour with rain (of course we didn't have rain jackets with us) so we literally did a u-turn at Manzanillo and returned to Puerto Viejo in the torrential downpour! Not the funnest ride, but as Dave says 'it's all part of the adventure' (insert me generally cursing back to this statement).

Next stop... Bocas del Torro (Panama).
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