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Totally Chill Things to Do on Koh Tao, Thailand

Totally Chill Things to Do on Koh Tao, Thailand

When you ask people what the best island in Thailand is, you are bound to get a variety of answers.

Some people like the party vibes of Koh Phangan.
Others like the luxury hotels and white sand beaches of Koh Phi Phi.
Really, Thailand has something to offer everyone, from the budget backpacker to the high-end traveler.

So what’s an adventurer to do?

If you looking for the perfect, laid-back getaway, then I suggest none other than Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand.
This beautiful destination is perfect for those who are looking for a break, a gorgeous beach, and lots of fun things to do.
After venturing to nearly all of the islands in Thailand, Koh Tao quickly became my favorite out of all of them. I ended up spending ten days there!

If I haven’t convinced you already, here are the best things to do on Koh Tao, Thailand

Accommodation

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Koh Tao has an array of accommodations to offer, but it definitely caters to that laid-back vibe. You won’t find many luxury resorts here. However, there is a broad variety of bungalows, hostels, and private rooms to choose from. I did not book accommodation in advance, so I was able to check out several places in person before I chose where to stay. Here are my favorites.
CK Hostel
Ck Hostel was the perfect hostel for me. Centrally located and about a two minute walk from the beach, CK Hostel had a great atmosphere and professional staff. There is a great restaurant downstairs with the nicest ladies you will ever meet. The hostel was extremely clean and the owner answered any questions I had about what to see and do on Koh Tao.
Mixed Dorm with AC: $10 USD per night
Ban’s Diving Resort
Ban’s Diving Resort has a total of three swimming pools and a wide variety of rooms. This resort is expanding to include even more features for guests and divers. I stayed in several private rooms that were all clean and comfortable. Ban’s Diving Resort is located right next to all the major bars, adventure centers, and the beach. This resort has reduced prices for those who are enrolled in their diving courses. Book in advance.
Private room with Fan: $30- $65 USD per night (wide variety)
Also check out, Sairee Cottage Resort.

Things to Do on Koh Tao

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Koh Tao really has a bit of everything. For simplicity, I have included a list of the best of what Koh Tao has to offer.
Hiking: Grab a map from any major resort upon arrival do see a layout of the island. There are several hiking trails of varying difficulty and views. This site has a fantastic guide to hikes on Koh Tao.
Scuba Diving: Koh Tao is one of the best (and cheapest places) to learn to scuba dive and/or earn your PADI certification. Sairee Diving School is one of the best, offering a range of dives and levels of certification. Walk along any road in Koh Tao and you are bound to see several diving schools. A short dive costs about 700-1000 TBT, or about 9000 TBT for a three-day course.
Rock Climbing: You can find several places that offer rock climbing course and day climbs. I took my very first all-day course at Goodtime Adventures. The course was about $45 USD and involved learning to belay, repel, and 6 climbs on the mountain. This a great option for those of you who are trying to conquer your fear of heights!
Snorkeling: If you have been snorkeling before, I would suggest renting a mask and venturing out on your own. The best place to do this is in Tanote Bay on the East side of the island. You can easily get here by taxi or walking. I would advise against taking a motorbike here because it is very steep. You can rent a mask for about $2. There are so many fish and sea life to see even a few feet away from the shore. There are also options to take boat tours around the island, but these are much more expensive.
Boat Rides: You can find private and group tours all over Koh Tao for various prices. Don’t be afraid to haggle a bit for a better price. It is cheaper to go with a group and find a guide that is independent from the larger resorts and adventure centers. It is necessary to take a boat to see Koh Nang Yuan, the small island to the north of Koh Tao with a beautiful beach and lookout point. Expect to pay 200 TBT per person, round trip.
Swimming: the best places to swim include Tanote Bay and Sairee Beach. Both places are beautiful and reasonably safe. Always use your best judgement and wear a life jacket if you are not a confident swimmer.

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Adventure Course: many adventure centers include unique adventure courses on the island. Some include trapeze, obstacle course, and acrobatics. One such course can be found at Goodtime Adventures for about $45 for the entire day.
Beaches: the best beach on Koh Tao is Sairee Beach, the main beach with the most attractions. The sand is pristine and the water is totally clear. Since Koh Tao is not as popular as Koh Phangan and Koh Phi Phi, there is much less garbage and fewer tourists. It really is a relaxing place.
Shops: The main strip along Sairee Beach includes your usual souvenir and clothes shops for you to shop at. Koh Tao also has several small grocery stores, a 7/11, and multiple pharmacies.
Bars: There are many bars to be found along Sairee Beach. A few times a week the bars host bar crawls for reduced prices. Music and dancing can be found nearly every night. The Rock bar also has fire dancers and club music every evening. You can also be sure to find delicious drinks to consume on the beach in comfy beach chairs.

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Motor Bikes: beware of the “Koh Tao Tattoo”! It is true that you can find places to ride motorbikes all over Thailand, and Koh Tao is no exception. However, Koh Tao has less developed streets and steeper, rockier roads. You can find places to rent motor bikes all over the island, but I would advise against it. You can get nearly everywhere by foot or via taxi. Injuries are not uncommon, and if you wreck a bike, you might be finding yourself with a hefty fee or having your passport being held for ransom. Ride at your own risk.
Bike Riding: A great alternative to motorbikes is renting a good old fashioned bicycle. Much cheaper, safer, and easier to get around. You can rent a bike for the entire day and get almost anywhere on the island. You may need to put down a damage deposit beforehand. As usual, look out for scams.
Kayaking: Kayaking is also a fun thing to do, and you can rent one for about 100 TBT per hour. There are many places to check out along Sairee Beach and Tanote Bay. It can be very relaxing.

Where to Eat

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Koh Tao doesn’t boast many high-end restaurants or resorts, but good eats can be found all over the island. Whether it is a steaming plate of pad thai, or American fare, Koh Tao has it all. For breakfast, I loved checking out the various coffee shops such as Zest Café and New Heaven. For dinner, just walk along Sairee Beach and you will be faced with an array of choices. Part of the fun is exploring what Koh Tao has to offer!
Favorites:
Zest Café
New Heaven
Blue Water Café
Café Culture

I hope you have enjoyed this guide to the totally chill things to do on Koh Tao, Thailand. Feel free to leave your questions and thoughts in the comments below! Happy Travels!

 

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A Winter Wonderland in Leavenworth, Washington

A Winter Wonderland in Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth, Washington is one of those places that I always remember passing through on any long trip to my Grandparent’s house. This was usually around Christmas time, and there was something about that snowy village that made a song pop into my head

“Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go…”

Because really, Leavenworth is its own little winter wonderland tucked into North Cascades. People from all over the state and beyond come here to experience this unique Bavarian town for the holidays.

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So what is so magical about this little place?

I decided to visit there for myself for the very first time to find out (and to celebrate turning 24, woot woot!) It turned out to be a beautiful, romantic weekend. I couldn’t ask for anything more in a winter getaway.

Below are some of the amazing things I saw, ate, and did while visiting Leavenworth.

 

Snowy Serenity

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One of the greatest appeals of Leavenworth in the winter time is that you have a good chance of actually experiencing a white Christmas! Nestled high in the mountains, Leavenworth is blanketed by snow nearly all winter long. The surrounding peaks add to its serene atmosphere, as do the snow-dusted Bavarian store fronts. In the town center, there is a small hill for children to sled and play on, and you are a short drive away from Stevens Pass for skiing and snowboarding. The chilly weather just makes grabbing a hot cocoa and warm German pastry even more enjoyable!

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Shopping Galore

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After spending two days in Leavenworth seeing all that it has to offer, I can say that there is something for everyone. There are countless souvenir shops where you can buy beer stein ornaments, miniature nutcrackers, and furry hats. If you are looking for gear for your outdoor adventures, Leavenworth has that too. One shop will even look up your family crest and have it printed on all kinds of memorabilia. Some of the shops sell winter and Christmas-themed goods all year long, making Leavenworth seem more like the North Pole than a tourist destination. I ended up buying a gorgeous wool stocking sold at a fair trade shop, right next door to a comic book store. Leavenworth is a great place to find unique gifts for your family and friends, or stock up on all the winter décor you will ever need.

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Fun for Everyone

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Being surrounded by the snowy mountains, Leavenworth is a great place go on some wintery adventures. If skiing or snowboarding is your thing, check out Steven’s Pass and hit the slopes. If you are on a tighter budget, you can bring your own sled to many of the surrounding hills for free. In town, there are several museums and galleries to see as well. The famous Nutcracker Museum houses thousands of antique nutcrackers and shows a short video on the history of the nutcracker. Entry fee proceeds go toward maintaining the museum and running special events.

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Delicious Delights

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If you are not familiar with Bavarian food and European delicacies, Leavenworth is the place to go. Known for its succulent bratwurst sandwiches and sweet pastries, Leavenworth has something to satisfy every palate. Several shops offer fresh made fudge and sweets in a variety of flavors, from Olde Fashioned chocolate, to fried cinnamon rolls. Each restaurant offers its own signature specials as well. Renaissance Cafe is known for its house-made biscuits and “God’s Food”. Others offer meaty sandwiches, hot soups, and sassy cocktails. I got a mouth-watering side of roasted garlic with seasoned crostini, and a turkey herb melt for lunch. If you are looking for boozy concoctions, wander into any pub or bar and you are sure to find the perfect drink to hit the spot.

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Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Events

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Most notably, Leavenworth is known for its holiday atmosphere and famous Lighting Festival. The storefronts, gazebo, and surrounding buildings are covered in over half a million lights! The seasonal lighting ceremony includes music by local bands and fun events for the kiddos. Book your accommodation in advance if you hope to attend the events. Even if you miss the ceremony, the lights stay up through December. We were in Leavenworth a day after the festivities and it was still bustling and beautiful. If you are looking for affordable and cozy accommodation, check out airbnb.com. We found a wonderful studio within a 6 minute walk of downtown for only $131 per night. I would definitely recommend this place! The hosts were super helpful and the space was perfect.

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Leavenworth, Washington is a magical place to visit  in the winter time. If you are looking for the perfect holiday getaway, you will find it here. You will not be lacking things to do, see, and eat! Find out more about Leavenworth at Leavenworth.org, or leave your questions in the comments below!

Leavenworth: a Winter Wonderland in the Washington Mountains

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Born and Raised in the WA: Life as a Washingtonian

Born and Raised in the WA: Life as a Washingtonian

“You know you’re from Washington when…”

This phrase pops up on my Facebook feed often. It is usually accompanied by memes with Evergreen trees, bearded men in flannel, and lots and lots of rain.

Most of them leave me chuckling to myself, thinking, Ha! Isn’t that true!

Because, above all, Washington is known for three things:

  1. The Seahawks
  2. The Space Needle
  3. The rain.

I’m not going to deny it. It does rain a lot here. Even after living here for 24 years I am still not used to it. Maybe that is why when I travel I opt for tropical beaches with lots of sunshine. *sigh*

The Seahawks are awesome, and you can’t visit Washington without seeing the Space Needle!

But to be honest, Washington is much more than rain, a pointy building, and the 12th Man.

 

Here’s what it’s like being a tried and true Washingtonian…

 

Did You Mean Washington, DC?

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Whenever I am traveling and I tell people that I am from Washington, they assume I mean Washington, D.C. This is a fair assumption, since D.C. is the capital of the United States. Many people have never even heard of Washington State, a point that makes me a very sad bear. For some reason, though, if I say I am from Seattle, I see that gleam of recognition in their eyes ( I blame you, Sleepless in Seattle.) I have been to DC and the two states couldn’t be any more different. Washington State is full of laid back, get outdoors kind of folk, and DC attract a much more *refined* crowd. That’s not to say that we Washingtonians can’t get fancy. We may even break out our nice flannel on occasion.

Hiking is #Life

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Washingtonians love hiking. Or at least we SAY we love hiking.

Obviously not every person in Washington is a fan of hiking, but it seems to be one of the most popular hobbies of Washingtonians. Go on any online dating site and you’ll find that in bios across the board. Don’t think I’m being a hater though- I love hiking. There are so many mountains, parks, and trails in Washington to choose from! Whether your version of hiking is taking a walk around Green Lake, or trudging through snow on your way to Mailbox Peak, there is something for everyone. But, you’re not a real Washingtonian until you have hiked Mount Si. Don’t forget the trail mix!

Check out this gorgeous Washington hike at Franklin Falls!

Layers fer Dayz

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Washington weather is so sporadic that it’s almost funny. You may step out your front door to see that it’s pouring down rain, just to have it turn 60 degrees and sunny in the afternoon. For this reason, Washingtonians are used to wearing layers. You must be prepared for all kinds of weather. Don’t bother looking at the forecast. Many-a-times has one expected sun, just to be caught in a downpour without a jacket. A safe bet is to wear a t-shirt, a sweater, and a jacket at all times. If the temperature is warm, you can strip down. If it starts to rain, you will be prepared. You may THINK that today will be the day that you don’t need a jacket…. But you could be wrong. The Washington weather gods have a sick sense of humor.

Being (Ever)green

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Washington, aka The Evergreen State got its name for the Evergreen trees that cover our landscapes. However, more than literally being green, Washington is notorious for its environmentally conscious folk. It has already been established that we are pretty outdoorsy, so it is important to us to keep nature looking happy and healthy. In Seattle you can find many people riding their bikes to work, using compostable plastics, and buying local and organic goods. We even have a ban on plastic bags! Outside of Seattle , you can find many sustainable farms with everything from cows, corn, goats, berries, apples, cucumbers…. really anything! The University of Washington has been ranked as one of the most environmentally friendly universities in the country, and Washington State University has a top-notch farming program. Washington is already making a shift toward relying on wind and solar energy instead of fossil fuels. Every little bit helps to make our state and world a better place for everyone!

CoffeeCoffeeCoffee

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Seattle in particular is known for its coffee snobbery, and with good reason. Perhaps it is because we are the home of the original Starbucks, or because the hipsters here run rampant, but we are obsessed with this magic black bean liquid. Every Washingtonian knows how to order coffee a variety of ways and can tell the difference between “bad” coffee and “good” coffee. After working in a restaurant in downtown Seattle, I have found this last point to especially be the case. People will ask you where you get your beans and if they are organic. And who could blame Washingtonians for this obsession?Coffee is the perfect drink to keep you warm on a long hike or camping trip- two things we LOVE to do. If you come to Washington, you best believe you are going to encounter this nectar of the gods at every corner.

The Red/Blue Mountain State

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This is a concept that I just came up with but it is oh-so true. West of the mountains, you have shiny, Liberal Seattle and hilly forests of green wherever you turn. But cross over to the East and it is like you are in a completely different state. Eastern Washington is much flatter than the West and consists of farms, country, and berry fields. Eastern Washington is more politically conservative than Western Washington as well. This can be a shock to those who venture out of the Seattle “liberal bubble” and encounter conservative billboards, Christian radio stations, and Republican candidate signs. Not to mention, the strong rivalry between the University of Washington and Washington State University. There is a lot of healthy (and unhealthy) trash talk between the schools at the college football games. But in the end, we all got that Washingtonian blood and are proud of it!

Washington is Gorgeous AF

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Many people don’t seem to realize how beautiful Washington is. I am honestly amazed by where I live every single day. When I come back from a long trip, I just appreciate it even more. Seattle sits right on the edge of Lake Washington and Puget Sound, so you are never far from glistening waves or the sandy beach of Golden Gardens. About 45 minutes to the East, you can find magnificent mountains, lakes, and forests to explore. All through-out Washington there are quaint towns to visit such as Leavenworth, Fairhaven, or Lynden. The crazy weather brings with it all four seasons, so you can expect hot summers and cold, snowy winters. The landscape of Washington is so diverse that you can really find something to meet anyone’s tastes. More and more people are realizing how much of a gem this state is! Of course, if you are a Washingtonian, no one needed to tell you that! California’s got nothin’ on us!

 

Washington rocks! Whether you are a Washingtonian or just simply panning a visit, you go to know that Washington has something to offer everyone. We are much more than our rainy reputation!

Life as a Washingtonian

 

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Why You Should Visit Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Why You Should Visit Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

While planning my trip to Costa Rica, I of course turned to the internet.

There is a plethora of guides on what to do, see, and eat in this beautiful country. Blogs and guides rave about the beauty of Manuel Antonio, the mystical Cloud Forrest, and the majestic Arenal Volcano. Of course I didn’t want to miss out on any of the major sights! However, all of these places are situated on the west coast or the inland part of Costa Rica.

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It wasn’t until Christmas day, 4 days before the end of my trip, that I even considered going to the east coast. I knew nothing about this area, and when I looked up resources online, I didn’t find much. The family that I was staying with for the holiday said I absolutely HAD to go. And due to some drama over the holidays, I now faced a decision….

Should I stay in-land in a city that had now grown familiar to me?

Or should I take the 7 hour bus ride to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, to be on my own for the very first time?

I decided to take a risk.

With very little information and no set plan, I arrived in Puerto Viejo the day after Christmas with not even a hostel reservation to my name.

What I discovered was a completely unique culture from the rest of Costa Rica. Throw in the beautiful beaches and tasty cuisine, Puerto Viejo quickly became my favorite place in Costa Rica.

Here are a few of the many reasons why you should visit Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica!

 

1. The Exquisite Beaches

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Puerto Viejo consists of mainly five highly diverse beaches: Playa Negra, Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita, Playa Punta Uva, and Playa Grande.

Each beach carries its own unique charm and scenery. There is something for everyone!

The Caribbean Coast is great for surfing, swimming, and catching some rays. Most of the beaches are just a short distance away from the town center. You can make a perfect day of renting a bike, bringing some snacks, and exploring each one! And, you will be sure to see a variety of flora and fauna along the way!

Read all about the exquisite beaches of Puerto Viejo in this post!

2. The Contrast of Cultures

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Costa Rica, like Central America in general, is known for it’s Spanish influences, language, and food. Although diversity can be seen across the country, the difference between the Pacific coast and the rest of Costa Rica is obvious. While most of Costa Rica is populated by Spanish-speaking people known as “Titos”, Puerto Viejo has more indigenous Indian and Afro-Caribbean influences.

The native peoples, known as the Bribri and Cabecar, predominantly speak Spanish. They carry with them traditional customs that are quite different from customs brought to Costa Rica from Spain. The influx of North American and European travelers has caused many of the indigenous people to become more “Westernized”, leading to a unique mix of beliefs, languages, and cuisine.

In the 1800’s, there was an emergence of Afro-Caribbean settlers in this area. From African heritage, these people were most often from Jamaica, Panama, and the West Indies. This presence has caused Puerto Viejo to have more of a Caribbean feel than a Latin one. This population mostly speaks Caribbean English, French, and Spanish. Reggae music fills the night air, as does the smell of ganja and delicious Caribbean food.  Many expats are drawn to this laid-back, bohemian lifestyle.

3.The Diversity of Flavorful Cuisine

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As mentioned above, this unique mix of cultures has resulted in diverse and tasty cuisine. Afro-Caribbean culture carries with it the fresh tastes of Jamaican seafood, french delights, and African flavors. At the same time, you can find the traditional dishes of Costa Rica with Latin spices, fresh fruit, and starchy favorites. Fried platanos with crema can be a delicious start to your morning. Have a solid plate of seasoned black beans and rice for lunch, and seafood for dinner. You won’t be lacking any choices here!

Of course, with the many expats that have settled in this area, you can always find Western fare as well. Quaint coffee shops and chocolate delicatessens line the main strip, as do cocktail bars where you can grab a fruity drink!

4. Affordable and Eclectic Accommodation

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Rocking J’s Hostel in Puerto Viejo

Since I made a last minute decision to go to Puerto Viejo, I made no reservation in advance. I arrived in town by bus and walked to various hostels and hotels until I found one that suited me. Accommodation in Puerto Viejo definitely caters to the bohemian traveler. You can find anything from outdoor hammocks to private bungalows, but at no higher cost than the rest of Costa Rica. Being the hippy traveler that I am, I decided to stay in a hammock for two nights. Not the most comfortable choice!

For travelers who desire quiet, comfort, and privacy, there is an array of options! One can find beautiful villas tucked into the jungle, or private bungalows near the beach. It is easy to find a romantic escape from the party hostels and bars, just as long as you have a taste for that beachy, laid back style.

As for luxury resorts, you won’t find much of that here. Mine as well lay back, relax, and enjoy those bohemian vibes!

5. Earth-Friendly Attractions

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Puerto Viejo is a sight of its own, and you don’t have to spend much money to enjoy all that it has to offer! In addition to the many beaches, Puerto Viejo is surrounded by lovely flora and fauna. Puerto Viejo is right on the edge of the rain forest and several national parks. Enjoy a lazy trek during the day to see awesome views and wildlife. You can rent a bicycle in town and ride the road along most of the major beaches all in about an hour and a half. You may even see monkeys along the way!

The town centers is not lacking it its array for gift shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars. You can purchase a colorful sarong, or grab a cup of that famous Costa Rican coffee. If you get a chance, stop by Bread and Chocolate, a cafe that offers locally grown cacao products, from hot cocoa to pastries. So delicious!

Nearby you will find several animal sanctuaries and rescue centers. Make sure to look into the ethics of various organizations beforehand. In general, these animals are very well taken care of, and you can find jaguars, sloths, and even butterflies. Love it!

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Don’t miss out on this Caribbean paradise! Although the western side of Costa Rica has a lot to offer, Puerto Viejo has great variety and cultural diversity that make it unique.

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Puerto Viejo: The Caribbean Charm of Costa Rica

 

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The Exquisite Beaches of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

The Exquisite Beaches of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

What inspires you to visit the gorgeous country of Costa Rica?

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Is it the diverse wildlife? The beautiful beaches? The rich culture of people?

Costa Rica has all of these things, which is why this Central American country is such a hot spot for tourists and expats. The appeal of “Pura Vida” pulls you in, until you are immersed in this tropical paradise.

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If you are planning your trip to Costa Rica, it is likely that you have read about the beauty of Manuel Antonio, the bustle of San Jose, and the majestic volcanoes. Or, maybe, you just want to see some monkeys! No shame in that!

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While many guides rave about the in-land sights and the west coast of this country, they often overlook the appeal of the eastern Caribbean side. In my travels to Puerto Viejo, I can honestly say that these guides are missing out!

Highly underrated but even more beautiful, the beaches of Puerto Viejo are truly a sight to see!beaches of puerto viejo

The Beaches of Puerto Viejo

 

Playa Negra

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Playa Negra (Black Beach) is the small beach closest to the main town of Puerto Viejo. As the name implies, this beach consists of beautiful, black sand. This unique sand gives the illusion of walking on glass or obsidian, something that is truly a sight to see. Surfers from near and far are drawn to this beach for its full, barreled waves.

Playa Cocles

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Playa Cocles is a bit south of the center of Puerto Viejo. One can easily rent a bike in town or walk about 30 minutes to this beach. You won’t be lacking for beautiful sights along the way! This is one of the more popular of the beaches, and consists of your usual tourists, beach bums, and surf instructors. Don’t let that deter you too much, though! Playa Cocles in great for swimming and catching some rays on the smooth, warm sand!

Playa Chiquita

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Playa Chiquita is just south of Playa Cocles, although there is no distinct barrier between the two. Its shore can be a bit more difficult to navigate, with rocky crags and less sandy shore. However, nearby you can find the Jaguar Rescue Center, cozy accommodations, and monkeys, if you are lucky!

Playa Punta Uva

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Punta Uva is known for its beauty and the special features it has to offer. In this area you can visit the magnificent butterfly sanctuary, the Indigenous tribal communities, and Cahuita National Park. Due to limits on development, the beach has remained clean, peaceful, and pristine. Come to Punta Uva in the off season for an even quieter getaway.

Playa Grande

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Playa Grande, as the name suggests, is a long expanse of beach on the southernmost Pacific coast of Costa Rica. This beach is a haven for surfers and eco-friendly travelers. From October to March, access to the beach is limited in the evening and early morning due to the hatching of sea turtles in the sand. Come here for a relaxing break from the usual crowds and noisy nightlife. This area also has a diverse selection of restaurants and accommodation.

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Puerto Viejo offers a variety of sights a beaches for any traveler. Whether you are looking for a peaceful getaway, or a lively array of culture, you will find it on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. Don’t miss out on this eastern paradise!

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