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    Visit the Finca La Isla Botanical Garden !

    by Lidrokz Updated Mar 23, 2009

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    Strawberry Dart Frog
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    Fantastic flora & fauna! It is a working tropical garden of spices,nuts,friuts,nursery plants etc.Take the guided tour if possible,you'll learn so much more.No one was available to take us so we did the self guided & it was still great!We took our time looking at & listening to everything & it took us about 3 hrs but you can stay all day if you want.Strawberry Poison Dart Frogs are everywhere & some of the coolest insects you'll ever see!The rare Yellow-striped Poison Dart Frog has taken up residence in their Bromilead nursery,definately worth a look see!At the end of touring around there is an area where you can taste some of the things they grow,some really interesting foodstuffs.Warning-the Durian tastes & smells awful! We bought fresh pepper to take home with us...mmm excellent! It was $5.00(US) self guided or $10.00 with a guide."Usually" only open Fri.-Mon.

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    Manzanillo

    by woef Updated Jan 4, 2005

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    Manzanillo

    Manzanillo is about 12km from Puerto Viejo. You can take the bus or just hitchhike.
    The last bus back is at 17:15.

    It's the best place in the area for snorkling or diving.

    The national park is great for hiking. Just follow the shore south to find the entrance.

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    Movie Night

    by Lidrokz Written May 2, 2005

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    Allthough we didn't go, there was "Movie Night" in the open-air makeshift theater downtown every night. They always had 2 movies listed & all appeared to be new releases. Most were in english & others had spanish sub-titles. The place was always fairly full so it is a good idea to get there early for the best seats.

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  • take a stroll and get feasted on

    by arasnosliw Written Jul 12, 2005

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    gorgeous yet deadly

    Walking along the beach at low tide is quite possibly the worst idea ever. Not only is the reef exposed to cut yourself on, but the sand flies are fierce and will feast on your blood. Sand flies have got to be my idea of the worst creature known to man. If any of you have been attacked by some of these, you’ll know exactly what you mean. Insect repellent does no good. The only semi-effective way to keep them away is to slather yourself in some kind of oil, such as coconut oil, and that is not particularly comfortable especially when you are trying to sleep at night.

    I find it kind of amusing; almost every single person I met later on back in San José that happened to have sand fly bites was on the Caribbean Coast in the same towns I went to. Most everyone else who went to other parts of the country was spared the misery that entails. The bites are itchy and release some kind of nasty pus. You might wake up one morning and see about 500 bites all over one arm or leg. That’s the way they like to bite you. You’ll have battle scars to show for it afterwards, looking a little bit like chicken pox but not quite so bad.

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  • night time in PV

    by arasnosliw Written Jul 12, 2005

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    luminaries in Puerto Viejo

    Walk through downtown at night; the ambience is just gorgeous. Costa Rica is one of those countries with dependable light. That means, it gets light early and dark around 6 pm year round. You can count on at least 12 hours of daylight, which is fantastic. However, for someone like me that lives in a region with a rather varied light schedule, this really throws me off. During summer where I live, it can stay light out till 9-10 at night. Then I go to bed. Here, I want to do the same thing, that is go to bed when it gets dark. Hence, I am tired when it is 6 pm.

    Sorry for that tangent, but let’s back to the street ambience…there is minimal street lighting in town, so most of the lights come from stores or restaurants. Some restaurants place colorful luminaries along the road to attract customers. It’s an odd feeling walking down a dimly lit road, and it makes the town feel like a completely different one at night. Now that the sun’s gone down the locals come out from hiding; they infest the streets with contagious laughter and song. The reggae beats fill the air and smells of rum permeate your nostrils. Vividly colored lights lure you in all directions while the ocean waves crash to shore and fill the background noise.

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    Wild Things !

    by Lidrokz Written Apr 29, 2005

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    Blue Jeans Poison Dart Frog(Strawberry variety)

    Check out the insects,lizards,frogs & other critters around P.V. Early a.m. is good for frog spotting & in the evenings take a flashlight with you. We saw several sloths at night & a few in the daylight too. Shine your light up if you hear rustling, it's probably a sloth! They kind of "peep" at night & you can hear them all over. The "electric" Blue Morph is only one of the gorgeous butterflies.Lots of colourful land crabs,massive spiders,dinnerplate sized turtles in the canals & we even came across an injured Lesser Anteater.They have extremely long,sharp claws,are nocturnal & are generally only seen as roadkill.

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    Hit the beaches!

    by Lidrokz Written May 2, 2005

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    Playa Negra (black sand beach)

    The beaches were clean & we never saw any broken glass anywhere & very little,if any garbage. The swimming was fine & the water warm! In & around town all the beaches seemed good for swimming with the Playa Negra(black sand) being the least crowded.We didn't see any life guards so we usually swam where ever the locals were swimming.Salsa Brava (East end of P.V.) is rougher & mainly used by surfers. There are several really nice secluded beaches just as you leave town in the direction of Manzanillo.

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  • beach strolls and fishermen

    by arasnosliw Written Jul 12, 2005

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    gorgeous scenery in Puerto Viejo

    I took a late afternoon walk along the rocky shore a few kilometers south of the center of Puerto Viejo. Just north of town is a black sand beach. Within town are many white sand beaches. Once you hit where I am, however, the beaches turn into rock. Jagged rock for that matter. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes if walking along here. I was wearing flip-flops and cut the bottoms of my feet a few times from slipping out of them. Along this coast there are beautiful rock formations that emerge from short distances offshore. Local fisherman throw out their lines from shore and bask in the sun, awaiting dinner to bite. Stop and chat with them; they’re exceptionally friendly.

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    Explore the whole town!

    by Lidrokz Written Apr 29, 2005

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    Don't just stick to the mainstreets. Try the side streets & unmarked roads, it doesn't matter where they go your sure to see something interesting along the way! We walked or rode a different route every time we were out & about.

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    Walking on the black sand beach

    by TempNomad Written Jun 21, 2003

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    Black sand and horses

    There is beach space just off the main road leading into Puerto Viejo. You will run into all sorts of interesting people and things. Random (and very skinny!) horses are standing around. The flowers and plants are really cool.

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    Parque Nacional Cahuita

    by mrotsmit Updated Aug 1, 2007

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    Jungle-beach-jungle-beach...
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    Not far north (but you'll need a cab) is Parque Nacional Cahuita, where you can hike along nice trails which run parallel to the beach. The Jungle literally meets the beach here, very beautiful and un-crowded (off-season) full of monkeys and sloths that you can actually see, apparently home to a very poisonous yellow snake too, so you may not want to go poking around off-trail like I did. They say you've really gotta watch your stuff when you go in for a swim - if the criminals don't rip you off - the monkeys will. We had the cab drop us at the south entrance, where we paid a small fee, and walked all the way to Cahuita, it's a long walk but if you're a wimp, the cab will take you half way and you can go from there.

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    Birdwatcher's Paradise !

    by Lidrokz Written Apr 29, 2005

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    Birdwatching is incredible! We saw over 60 spectacular species in the 6 days we were here! Seeing the "Fruitloop cereal bird" (Keel-billed Toucan) flying around in the wild was just that.....wild! The same pair were 30 feet from our balcony amusing us with their antics every morning! So many species & so many colours!!! I was in heaven!

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    People Watch

    by Lidrokz Written May 2, 2005

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    We were there during Semana Santa & on the evening before Good Friday the town's population easily tripled in size! Locals from all over head to the beaches to camp & celebrate the holiday,it was packed!The vehicles were bumper to bumper,each with their own beat booming from their speakers.No alcohol is sold from (I think) the Wed. evening to the Sat. evening during the long weekend but everyone stocks up.Take extra care if your riding a bike.The streets were full of excitement,children rockin' to the reggae rythym,lots of campfires-fun!Lots to watch!

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  • have you got some pliers?

    by arasnosliw Written Jul 12, 2005

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    beach in town of Puerto Viejo

    Here is the beach that stretches through the center of town. It’s a bit dirty, but it is a fun place to people-watch as many boats launch from here. Late at night people hang out and drink here, but I wouldn’t recommend being here alone if nobody else is around. You never know what might happen. The beaches are noted to be dangerous at night because of drug activity. Or something more unexpected might happen like getting bitten by a dog….more on that later.

    Here are some locals hanging out at dusk; the girl in the photo does some excellent braids and dreads if you are ever so inclined to get some done. I did not do so, but I know many people who got something done. PV is apparently the place to get them done as it is cheap and they know what they are doing. Search around for the best price if you really want to get your hair done. And ladies, believe me, the locals will be all gaga googly-eyed for you if you get hair done like them. I saw this effect happen to some fellow travelers; as soon as they got dreads or braids the locals would be pulled towards them like magnets. Extra-heavy-duty magnets. The ones that you can NEVER pull off.

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    Playa Cocles

    by cfritz75 Written Dec 4, 2006

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    After seeing the beach in PV I was glad I decided to stay 2 miles out of town at Playa Cocles. It was a MUCH better beach. There was never more than 10 people on the beach at the same time. Very quiet, clean, and calm water.

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