Caribbean chill out

Trip Start Apr 06, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Casa Dolce Vita

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Limon,
Monday, August 30, 2010

We left the tranquility of the canals and the charm of Tortuguero behind, and were greeted in Moin three hours later by two drivers of air-conditioned mini-buses telling us that as it was sunday there was no public transport and we had no chance of ever getting out of here unless we paid them $10 to taxi us down the coast to Puerto Viejo. Admitedly we nearly fell for this one, as it was indeed a sunday and we were in the middle of nowhere, but we stuck our ground and together with a few other backpackers who had just got off another boat we trudged up to the end of the road to wait for the elusive buses. Sure enough no more than 10 minutes had passed when our trusty friend the chicken bus appeared around the corner and charged us 25c for a ride to the main bus terminal in Puerto Limon. From the terminal there was an immediate onward connection all the way down to Puerto Viejo, and for only $3. We celebrated our chicken bus success by 'splashing out' (talking $20 here so not quite the ritz) on a really nice room with an ensuite bathroom and went out for fish and chips and a beer.

Having arrived in Puerto Viejo hoping to hone our surfing skills, we were slightly dissappointed to see that the caribbean barely had a ripple on it. We spent the next day instead wandering about town, which has a really cool caribbean vibe going on, with lots of markets, street stalls, cafes and bars. We also spent some time back at our luxury pad reading and updating the blog. The town was full with U.S.Marines due to a huge hospital ship that was docked up the road and apparently 500 of the marines are allowed into town at a time on their day off. It was a funny sight, they all looked very similar to each other with the same haircuts, trainers with white socks and that ultra tourist air that comes with walking around at 11am drinking a bottle of bud and smoking a cuban cigar. The road that runs the 13km length of the coast from Puerto Viejo to Manazillio is thankfully very flat, and by around 4pm we decided that the temperature had dropped sufficiently enough to hire a pair of beach cruisers and check out some of the other beaches before the sun dissappered into the bay. Needless to say that when we returned the U.S. Marine corp's finest were getting rowdier as the day went on, and we decided we would enjoy the evening much more in the comfort of our ultra-clean kitchen, cooking up a spag bol and chatting to a cool canadian dude that had just returned from Bocas del Torro in Panama about what we can look forward to there.
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