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Go surfing on the Caribbean coast

Catching the waves of the Caribbean Sea is a great thing to do in the small beach town of Playa Cocles, Costa Rica. This beach is popular with local surfers and backpackers and its colourful wooden houses exude a relaxed Afro-Caribbean atmosphere. You stay in a nice wooden bungalow near the sea, but there’s also a swimming pool at your hotel: absolutely a great place to stay.

Beautiful beaches and Cahuita National Park

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Beautiful beaches and Cahuita National Park

You can easily explore the area by bike (to be rented from your hotel) or by car. For example, visit the Cahuita National Park. You will find here white beaches, beautiful bays and you can swim, surf, snorkel and dive.

With a little luck, you will spot some dolphins as well! You can also hire a professional guide accompanying you on a hike in the jungle to spot monkeys, birds, raccoons, iguanas and sloths. The nearby town of Puerto Viejo is a relaxed place to visit in the afternoon/evening. There are a few nice boutiques and great restaurants and bars, a nice place to enjoy the Caribbean reggae atmosphere a little more even.

Caribbean vibe

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Caribbean vibe

The Caribbean coast was traditionally populated by Jamaicans, who arrived in Costa Rica as workers to build the Atlantic Railway. The infamous Jungle train drove from San José to the port of Limon to transport coffee beans.

Now the Caribbean coast exudes a relaxed atmosphere and the expressions ‘tranquilo‘ and ‘Pura Vida‘ are widely used. Inhabitants often speak better English than Spanish and you find everything you need along the road between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo. Enjoy the way of life here and take the time to chat with the locals, to relax on the beautiful beaches and to taste the delicious cuisine.

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Dennis and Lindsay

We really enjoyed our stay in beautiful bungalows and what a fantastic coast!

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S. de Jong

We really liked our hotel here, beautiful garden with nice houses. Good and complete interior. Delicious and extensive breakfast. Nice pool for the kids. We stayed here for 3 nights, but would have liked to stay a little longer. Restaurant has good food, but it is even nicer to eat in the village itself. Restaurant tip: Madre Tierra in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. The bartender is great, very friendly service, good food and nice place.

Carribean vibes:

Tip from Linda:

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Tip from Linda:

The Caribbean coast is really beautiful and great to expore. Pack a towel, sunglasses and some spare change in the basket of your beach cruiser and you’re ready for the day! In Puerto Viejo you find nice boutiques, bars and restaurants. If you are looking for a more quiet atmosphere, cycle down to Manzanillo, where you can also make great walks on the beach. If you get thirsty along the way, buy a ‘pipa fria’ or coconut, its juice is the best refreshment!

The following destinations are close to this travel package:

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Sleep in a tree house at Punta Uva beach
The Costa Rica Tree House Lodge is located in the little village of Punta Uva, near Puerto Viejo de Limon and right next to the beach. The lodge exudes artistic design, craftmanship and the staff is friendly and helpful. Here you for sure will experience Costa Rica's 'Pura Vida'!
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Explore underwater wildlife in Cahuita
Cahuita is a charming Carribean town. From your hotel you walk to the beach in some 20 minutes. If you're a water sports fan, there's great swimming, snorkeling and diving here. Expore the coast either by car or by bike and to get to know the indigenous locals is a truly unique experience as well.
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Relax and unwind on the beach of Manzanillo
Manzanillo is the southernmost village at the Caribbean coast, near Panama. The public road ends here and around the village, you find beautiful, pristine beaches. The coastal atmosphere is above all relaxed: enjoy the good food, music and the beach of course! Your home in Manzanillo is a beautifully designed, hand-made jungle house with fully equipped kitchen. It offers you the full jungle experience at a stone's throw from the beach!
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Stay with the native Bribri Indians
A trip to the Bri Bri indigenous community is an unforgettable adventure! You travel by boat to a tiny village near the border with Panama where the indigenous community will warmly welcome you and show you what their daily life looks like. You'll stay at a local family home and learn more about (among others) the art of making chocolate, the use of medicinal plants and how to build your own thatched roof! Enjoy this unique insight into the traditional culture in Costa Rica.
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One with nature in the lagoon of Barra Pacuare
If you want to enjoy the nature reserve of Tortuguero in its purest, natural form and don't mind staying at a basic accommodation in the middle of the jungle, then you will certainly like this trip to Barra Pacuare. Your lodge can only be reached by boat and you will explore the surrounding canals with a friendly, professional guide. Wifi and mobile networks do not work here, so go off the grid for a few days and immerse yourself in nature.
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Wildlife paradise Tortuguero: from green macaw to sea turtle
The Tortuguero National Park or the 'little Amazon' is a great place to start your holiday in Costa Rica. The region offers vibrant wildlife (you can easily spot monkeys, birds, caimans and iguanas), stunning jungle and it is the most important nesting spot for various species of sea turtles.

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