PUERTO VIEJO DE LIMON: Thanks to www.anywherecostarica.com we arrived at Hotel Cariblue to a wonderfully huge room, with a pool just two steps out of the balcony door. Hotel Cariblue is nestled in thick vegetation, where you may see or hear a howling monkey, a sloth, or an exotic frog or two. The Caribbean east coast is a sanctuary of lush vegetation. The beach across the street held red flags warning amateur swimmers not to take risks.
That just might be my sheets hanging up there!
Cafe Viheo Italian restaurant was recommended for their exotic pasta dishes. The lobster stuffed ravioli was a winner and one of the best pasta dishes I have ever tasted. The food at our hotel was also very good.
White water rafting was one of the most fun adventures I have ever experienced. The 90 minute drive through enchanting scenery brought us to the Pacuare River where we would raft. Rapids are rated from one to five. We experienced 3 and 4 rated rapids. A healthy lunch of fresh fruit, fresh vegetables to make our own burritos was served in the midst of the jungle. It was refreshing to watch the all male WWR guides preparing the food. It was a long day but so worth it. On our way home there was a very long line of backed up traffic because of a road accident. After sitting there for some time, our shuttle driver opted to u-turn and drive in the other lane to turn onto a rickety, dirt road up a mountain through a rural area that does not see much traffic. We enjoyed the scenery, the kids gathering wide-eyed and others watching the shuttle rumble through their village.
We hired a personal guide and driver to take us to a Tropical Waterfall. A path led us through the natural tropical vegetation. We enjoyed swimming in the refreshing mountain water and spotting bright red and green frogs on the hike back.
Later that day the driver dropped us off at Punta Uva beach for a few hours. The Caribbean sand was white and soft to walk on. The water was turquoise blue and the waves allowed playful swimming. I would love to go back here.
We rented bikes to check out Puerto Viejo. The traffic was a bit scary, but we made it back to hotel with no injuries. The Puerto Viejo’s beach was shared with a handful of well fed, stray dogs. There were also areas where the natural setting was obscured by trash. Otherwise you couldn’t help but fall in love with this small town. We enjoyed live bands in the evenings and Lazy Mon was well known for the best entertainment. We would have liked to have stayed longer on the beautiful Carribean side.
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