07 Nov DIY Bike Tour: Puerto Viejo to Manzanillo
Most travelers get stuck in the laid-back town of Puerto Viejo and I don’t blame them at all. I spent a few days just walking around in circles just absorbing all the sights and sounds of this town. I’ve spent five months traveling around Costa Rica, mostly along the Pacific coast and I am asking myself why I didn’t come here first!
Stay at newly opened Lionfish Hostel, a place operated by four local guys who will probably welcome you with coconuts when you arrive. Grab a paintbrush and feel free to leave your mark on their walls. If you want to stay closer to the beach and party every night, check out Rocking J’s Hostel. Camping starts at $6 if you bring your own tent and $7 for hammocks. If you want dorm room prices, proximity to the beach but a quieter retreat, check out La Ruka Hostel just across the street.
The town’s main road is lined with souvenir and sarong shops, a few supermarkets, a couple of bars, restaurants and local sodas. Yes, it’s quite touristy, but there is an unmistakable irie vibe in the air. Is it just me or are people friendlier around here?!
Hire a bike at any of the rental shops in town. The cost for a day’s rental is $5 or C2,5000. Bring your ID or passport in case they require you to leave it with them. The rental includes a bike lock and keys, which I highly recommend you use if parking your bike unattended.
Puerto Viejo – Playa Cocles – Playa Chiquita – Punta Uva – Manzanillo – National Park
Total: 15 kilometers
The town’s main beach, Salsa Brava
Get a hairwrap by Ali for $8
Salsa Brava, a reggae bar
Walk south to find the viewpoint that looks out to shoreline
Catch up on your tan at Playa Cocles
Stop for a popsicle along the way
Go snorkeling at crystal clear Punta Uva
I had to stop so many times just to take it all in
Congratulations, you’ve made it to Manzanillo!
Stop at the first soda, Cool & Calm Cafe for a scrumptious Pollo Caribeño
Cross this bridge to get to the Manzanillo National Park
Walk to the edge of the viewpoint for stunning views like this
Climb a hundred year old tree
I wonder what it’s like to live here…