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DAY 5 - Added by Stevo...
Hey Guys..... so this is a little after the fact as we have had no internet for a few days.... so I will try to remember what happened on our day of adventure.... it may need to be edited after :)
So we are awake a little later than normal as we have a lie in today, and 8:30am pick up, so we head for …
Day 4 - whitewater rafting extravangaza, or... Not so much
5:30am pickup, which means a 4:30am alarm clock and if you recall, we had a BIG night out the night before. Yip, heads aching and Heather is the first one out to the shower - good on you h! Stevo and I slowly rise and with that, builds the hangover...
Try to leave the room …
6am Left Bocas del Toro via the spell-binding canals / wetlands towards Chinguinola. Gorgeous waterways with loads of water birds (Herons etc..) and the odd traditional family paddling their kids to school in little, narrow canoes. Supremely peaceful until our kamikaze captain sped through at about 80km an hour. Still, it was supposed to be a water …
I woke up early and took the bus to Puerto Viejo. It is $8 each way on the public bus. You catch it at the Terminal Caribe. Get there early cuz it does fill up and you want to have a seat. Luckily, I got a window seat. It is about 4 hours long and near the end it gets real bumpy. Once in Viejo, there are cabs waiting. I grabbed one and headed to …
It rained heavy during the night with thunder and lightning. Our room had good ventilation and a ceiling and portable fan so we were comfortably cool through the night. In the mornings Collin makes a giant pot of coffee available for guests on the downstairs deck (which also contains a pond with fish and turtles). A yummy light breakfast was served …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Banana Azul Puerto Viejo
Banana Azul is a wonderful 3 room small bed and breakfast located about 1.5km north of Puerto Viejo in Playa Negra.
The perfect getaway
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Banana Azul. The rooms are lovely, well-constructed and have lots of charming little details. Puerto Viejo has a very warm climate, but there was a cool ocean breeze wafting through the rooms every night, which made it easy to sleep, and lazing around on the hammock was a nice past time when resting from our other activities. This place is just a few steps from the beach, and the hosts, Colin & Roberto, are fabulous. They are helpful, charming, interesting to talk to, and they really think of everything. They serve the best breakfast in Costa Rica too!
Finding the Banana Azul was a serendipitous discovery, indeed! My partner and I were extremely impressed by the whole experience. Not only were Colin and Roberto exceptionally attentive to our vacation needs, but they provided an amazingly romantic atmosphere to boot!
My Jungle Paradise
I satyed at the Banana Azule Guest House For 2 Months on my escape from Northern Canada, Every morning the owners and staff we're up with the sun, busy preparing breakfast and expanding/compleating the guesthouse, never did i expect a more enviting atmosphere. The rooms are as gorgeous as the setting, and the trip to town is half the beauty of stayin there, as it is just far enough to walk....or Rip in on a complementary bike if you should so choose. I'm 21 Years old and love the night life... and this place was my sanctuary when the night was over.
It was our first time in Costa Rica and had planned on returning to New Orleans much sooner until we discovered Puerto Viejo. It was our first trip to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica and we only stayed 4 days - which is when we discovered Banana Azul. One week later we left our location in Central Valley and B-lined it for Puerto Viejo. We fell in love with the place and ended up staying for a whole month. A matter of fact, our entire trip through Central America lasted 5 months and we spent more time in Puerto Viejo than any other location. Roberto and Colin were easy going and each had a special way of making sure that all of needs were met. They are an invaluable source of information and always willing to point out the do's and don'ts as well as the long list of must see's that you shouldn't miss. Through Roberto and Colin we met so many wonderful people and I am certain it won't be long before we head back down. A matter of fact, we are already planning our next trip. If you have the time and are physically fit, try your best to make the trip down the coastline from Manzanillo to Gandoca through unspoiled jungle for some of the most dramatic scenery in Costa Rica - Caribbean and Pacific side included. If you do this trip, plan on overnighting right on the beach in complete solitude. It's a gorgeous day hike, but difficult to complete without overnighting. Sloths abound and the only footprints on the beach were of howler monkeys. You can do this trip alone like we did, but unless you are really familiar with the harshness of the jungle, consider hiring a guide. I have to give this advise, even though we did it perfectly fine by ourselves.
Banana Azul is a unique bed and breakfast run by a friendly and enthusiastic crew that is as diverse culturally as Puerto Viejo and Costa Rica's Caribben coast. I learned some Bri-Bri from one of their employees and the B&B's owner is very knowledgeable about the area and had plenty of recommendations that turned out right.
Incredibly friendly and great small touches
Wow, it was the little touches that really made it special for me: the fresh flowers in the room, the lovely tile work in the bathrooms. Colin and Roberto pay attention to every detail! Great place. And I love the quiet location on Playa Negra so that the fun of Puerto Viejo is just a short ways away but the waves crashing on the beach are the only thing you'll hear sleeping.
The most excellent Banana Azul
My wife and I stayed here in early March 06 and had a very enjoyable, relaxing time.
We enjoyed the hospitality immensely. Roberto and Colin and very kind and generous and the place is spectacular.
He tenido la oportunidad de estar en Banana Azul varias veces y la verdad no me canso de ir.
Banana Azul was absolute paradise. This was my first trip to Costa Rica and I am not kidding when I say that upon leaving I felt as though I were leaving a friend. Colin and Roberto, our hosts, were delightful. Every morning we woke to a breakfast of fresh fruit, coffee, juice, Costa Rican coffee and delicious homemade local cusine. We would then walk on the black sand beach that was right outside our door. The beach was almost always empty except for a few dogs here and there that romped and played all along our walk. The water was just lovely. Nice and cool. We would then walk or ride our bike in to town and then rent scooters to ride around to the other side and see the white sand beaches. This is truly paradise. Colin and Roberto were able to tell us the best places to eat (not one bad meal) and we saw a waterfall that most tourist wouldn't even know exsisted. While there we searched for land to buy we loved it so much. We will go back without a doubt and we will once again see our new friends. Costa Rica, Colin and Roberto. And of course their four--legged children.