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... turned out Cora had not made it anywhere near as far as she had planned so decided to chill out here for a day before heading on. A small little coastal town and surfing/partying hotspot the place has managed to maintain some of its Caribbean culture although that may be because it fits in with ...
... Within ten minutes we've turned the place into a tip and we're off for a walk to see if we can find a shop. Half hour later we give up, I retreat to the bar and Deb heads for the pool. It's a little strange, all the other people here see to be Canadian, they're not traveling together but the place feels a bit like a commune, it turns out the bar is self service, you just keep the bottle tops as a record for your bill. Every body is really friendly and we even ...
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Walaba is located in Punta Uva (about 7kms from Puerto Viejo). It's the perfect location-away from the downtown tackiness of PV, but still easily accessible if you want to go eat at the restaurants, go shopping or bar hopping. (The hostel rents bicycles for about $6 a day -30 bike ride to PV)
Basic rooms, yet cosy and relaxed ($25-35 approx, dorms cheaper).
The shared kitchen and lounge areas (complete with hammocks) are spacious and uniquely decorated with Caribbean flare.
The beach is 100 mts a way and it's where the jungle meets the sea. Howler monkeys are everywhere around this area-they'll wake you with their calls everyday at 6am so don't expect a sleep in! We loved this aspect of Walaba- you are so close to all the nature! There are hummingbirds, toucans and sloths all around this area, just take a walk or bikeride down the road and keep your eyes to the trees!
The Dutch couple that are running the place are beautiful people and will be able to help you with anything.
Awesome place, oh and that incredible attic room.....!
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