Puerto Viejo’s Best Kept Secret

November 7th, 2009
Right down the road from Playa Chiquita

Right down the road from Playa Chiquita

September and October  in Playa Chiquita are a blessing. July and August- with their hoards of honeymooners, European family vacations, constantly changing weather, and general busyness- leave us, and the rest of the coast, happy to indulge in glorious September.

A perfect day on Playa Chiquita Beach

A perfect day on Playa Chiquita Beach

The sea grows still, clear as the desert sky. The rain ceases for the most part and when it does decide to dampen us, spills only enough to feed the thirsty plants and make everything more green and cool. The sun quickly breaks through the clouds and the water reflects turquoise again. The delicacies of the tropics enjoy the weather as well and some of the most exotic trees begin to fruit. Unique and delicious mangosteen and mamonchino fill the Saturday market.

September in Puerto Viejo brings us many a mangosteem

September in Puerto Viejo brings us many a mangosteem

The honeymooners are figuring out what it’s like to just be married, the European family vacationers are back to school and we are on the beach admiring the beauty and tranquility of Playa Chiquita. We cannot see another person along the winding stretch of golden sand. Business may be slower but we have time to appreciate where we are and what we are doing. We have time to get things done. We think about our progress and imagine the future. We go out to diner with friends and sometimes even guests. I think I’ll go snorkeling tomorrow.

Manzanillo

April 6th, 2009

No visitor can leave Tierra de Suenos without experiencing the Manzanillo Wildlife refuge. This is one of our favorite places on the Caribbean coast. With its sweeping views, secluded beaches, and lush jungle paths you feel like a real pioneer stumbling upon something incredible. The three mile bike ride getting to Manzanillo is an adventure in itself, toucans and butterflies lead the way. The town outside the refuge is about as slow moving as a place can be with friendly locals and not many tourists. Maxi’s, the restaurant/center of Manzanillo happenings, is not only a fun local hangout but happens to have the very best Caribbean food on the planet (I suggest the grilled whole red snapper!) Thousands of acres of protected rain forest and glorious Caribbean sand at just a quick ride away. Come see for yourself……

Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge

Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge

Manzanillo - 12km from Puerto Viejo

View from Miss May Point in Manzanillo

Hiking trail- Gandoca Manzanillo

Brendan hiking in Manzanillo

Puerto Viejo day trip

20 minute bike ride from Tierra de Sueños

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