2nd Day in Puerto Viejo

Trip Start Apr 15, 2011
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Trip End Apr 23, 2011


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Where I stayed
Totem Hotel Beach Resort Puerto Viejo
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Limon,
Sunday, April 17, 2011

Today was a bit of a mixed bag, with a lot of early morning rain and no sun at all even after the rain ended. 

We had every intention of going into the town of Puerto Viejo early in the morning, but the torrential rain and wind made that impossible since our hotel is over a mile south of the town and we have no transportation. 

But we made the most of it! We started the day off right with a visit from our friend Rocquita. She's so attached to us (or are we attached to her?) that she managed to get onto our balcony! She stayed with us most of morning, even laying on Jen's lap while she read a book. Needless to say it made us homesick for our kitties!

When the rain finally ended in the late morning, we headed off walking towards Puerto Viejo. A little bit about this town: if you've ever been to Okracoke, North Carolina or New Hope, Pennsylvania...there are some similarities. Very narrow streets are packed full of quaint shops and vendors. Restaurants of every kind dot the small roads. And everyone seems to have carved out their own little niche in the town...whether it be Caribbean food, Indian food, fresh bread, etc. 

Of course, the town is bustling as any tourist town might be...but it's not so crowded that you mind. The artisan shops are all very wonderful and we ate at a place called 'Bread and Chocolate' that was recommended by our travel guide. OMG. Yeah, sorry to use a 13 year old lazy excuse for being amazed but this restaurant was incredible. Most of the food from peanut butter, to chocolate, to bread was made right there. I had french toast with home made chocolate, strawberry sauce, and fresh cream. So very good! Jen had a chocolate and peanut butter sandwich made on fresh bread! 

The atmosphere all around was very inviting. The Ticos (nickname for native Costa Ricans) are very friendly, regardless of whether you buy their products. We even rented some bicycles for the next few days so we can get around more easily. 

We even stopped at a little grocery store on the way back to buy some tuna fish for Rocquita! She loved it of course and has been following us around ever since!

After some downtime back at our hotel, we rode our bikes back towards Puerto Viejo so we could try out another restaurant for dinner that had come highly recommended. It is called 'Loco Natural' and it was an eclectic mix of beautiful dining space and pan-asian food. This was not a cheap eat,  but the food and decor were more than worth it. Our menu:

Appetizer: Chicken Satay with balsamic reduction
Entrees: Tuna with peppercorn dijon cream sauce and Chicken in a chipotle sauce
Dessert: Coffee, Chocolate Milkshake, Coconut Cake

Our bill was 31020 colones or $62.57.

Despite the day starting with some rain, it was a huge success. Tomorrow: snorkeling and hiking! 

   

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