Almendros y Corales
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... cool cafes, bars and shops and very backpackery. For lunch we went to a traditional carribean restaurant. I had patacones - fried plantain, which is squashed into a disc shape, with some avocado. It was really tasty! Then to rent some bikes! $5 for the afternoon. Although then the black vultures began to circle overhead and it became so dark, it felt like it was just about to rain. So we decided not to go far, but go and explore a bit. We headed south out of ...
... and stopped off at two more beaches (Playa Chicita was a walk down a track opposite a stable and Cocles which is near town and a big, broad surfing beach.) If we were to stay longer in town we would just make a day off it at Cocles as this beach is good and could try body boarding, but lots of seaweed in the water.
Dinner at Flip Flop which was good and then to bed as early morning.
... but with no sign of them and it's location being a little far from town we decided to explore other options. Once we were back in the centre of town I left stu with all our bags and took off to walk around as many hostels as possible. I went from place to place and kept getting the same response "I'm sorry we have no vacancy" until finally I found one place again inside someone's home. It was lovely and a startling $20 for a private room. Being the perpetual optimist I ...
... yams, roots, cassava, and zucchini with some spiced herbal tea. As we were chatting to him over lunch, he was teaching us Spanish as well as raving about this local spiced drinking chocolate - how it's the best thing you'll ever drink, but you have to getter it from locals, not the touristy places in town. So we convinced him to take us to his friends house where they make cacao. Here we got to roast, de-shell, and grind our own cacao beans to make our drinking chocolate. They add ...
... and easy-going. I can't help thinking it might have been better in the sun however.
The trip across the border to Costa Rica is pretty cool - you pay $3 and walk across the river on a bridge that will collapse in the next 10 years. Border security was surprisingly easy after hearing many a horror story. Driving into Punta Uva we were surprised at how small and simple everything was.
Think Byron Bay 50 years ago. Punta Uva is a slow ...