Costa Rica – Pura Vida! Part 2

Now to a new venue. Puerto Viejo, Limon, is on the Caribbean coast, near Panama. A laid-back Rasta expat sort of town with Playa Negra, a black sand beach, cool little restaurants and bars and friendly Ticos.

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Sunday on the town beach

Sunday on the town beach

Imaginative Recycling

Imaginative Recycling

Bill Sedivy, Dave White & I rented a house for a week at Finca Loco Natural, an old banana farm, a 5 minute walk from the beach. Pamela & Carter, our hosts, built 3 rental houses and all were unique open-air structures with creative woodworking and decorating styles.

Breakfast on the deck at Casa Mambo

Breakfast on the deck at Casa Mambo

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View from the 2nd floor deck of the 2 year old fica tree

IMG_3473Steve and Martha King rented Casa Chilimate where we had coffee on the veranda in the mornings.

Casa Chilimate

Casa Chilimate

A lot of hard relaxing was accomplished, balanced by walking, eating, swimming, cervesaing and hiking.

We enjoyed three nights of music and entertainment.

Fire dancing at post-super bowl jam session

Fire dancing at post-super bowl jam session

Carter the Builder's band playing at Lazy Mon

Carter the Builder’s band playing at Lazy Mon

The village of Manzanillo offered Maxi’s for lunch, good snorkelling and  jungle-beach hiking.

Maxi's - a landmark restaurant/sports bar

Maxi’s – a landmark restaurant/sports bar

Football!

Football!

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DSCF0304 DSCF0301 DSCF0314Cahuita National Park – a sweaty five mile jungle-beach hike. Well worth it for the wildlife viewing, some of it up close & personal – whitefaced monkeys, howler monkeys, kotamundi and a golden eyelashed pit viper!

Costa Rica was a hard place to leave ….17 days went by too fast…hate saying goodbye.

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