2nd Day in Puerto Viejo
Trip Start Apr 15, 2011
10Trip End Apr 23, 2011
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We had every intention of going into the town of Puerto Viejo early in the morning, but the torrential rain and wind made that impossible since our hotel is over a mile south of the town and we have no transportation.
But we made the most of it! We started the day off right with a visit from our friend Rocquita. She's so attached to us (or are we attached to her?) that she managed to get onto our balcony! She stayed with us most of morning, even laying on Jen's lap while she read a book. Needless to say it made us homesick for our kitties!
When the rain finally ended in the late morning, we headed off walking towards Puerto Viejo
Of course, the town is bustling as any tourist town might be...but it's not so crowded that you mind. The artisan shops are all very wonderful and we ate at a place called 'Bread and Chocolate' that was recommended by our travel guide. OMG. Yeah, sorry to use a 13 year old lazy excuse for being amazed but this restaurant was incredible. Most of the food from peanut butter, to chocolate, to bread was made right there. I had french toast with home made chocolate, strawberry sauce, and fresh cream. So very good! Jen had a chocolate and peanut butter sandwich made on fresh bread!
The atmosphere all around was very inviting. The Ticos (nickname for native Costa Ricans) are very friendly, regardless of whether you buy their products. We even rented some bicycles for the next few days so we can get around more easily.
We even stopped at a little grocery store on the way back to buy some tuna fish for Rocquita
After some downtime back at our hotel, we rode our bikes back towards Puerto Viejo so we could try out another restaurant for dinner that had come highly recommended. It is called 'Loco Natural' and it was an eclectic mix of beautiful dining space and pan-asian food. This was not a cheap eat, but the food and decor were more than worth it. Our menu:
Appetizer: Chicken Satay with balsamic reduction
Entrees: Tuna with peppercorn dijon cream sauce and Chicken in a chipotle sauce
Dessert: Coffee, Chocolate Milkshake, Coconut Cake
Our bill was 31020 colones or $62.57.
Despite the day starting with some rain, it was a huge success. Tomorrow: snorkeling and hiking!
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