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Where are we going?

We have an active 2 weeks planned.  We will be staying at…

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Play Negra in Limón,
on the Caribbean Coast

Our first nights will be spent in beautiful Playa Negra @ the Playa Negra Guesthouse.

Playa Negra, aptly named after its black-sand, offers a pleasant atmosphere and good swimming and was featured location in the movie Endless Summer II.

Playa Negra  is small, and initially it may seem that there is nothing and nobody here, especially if you walk around during siesta time. But, believe it or not, there is everything you need in a community of friendly people from all parts of the world.

Most locals go to bed early and arise early.We have some small stores where you will be surprised about what you’ll find, from gifts, sun block, and BBQ sauce to good wine and more necessities. There are also a couple of art galleries and surf shops, other cafes and restaurants to suit your taste.  If you need a drugstore, gasoline, bank or an ATM, the nearest ones are in Tamarindo or Santa Cruz, about a 30-minute drive away.

In a place like this, nature and the sun set the pace of life. Many live for surfing and for waking up hypnotized by the sound of the ocean, to enjoy the warm, clear water and great waves before the sun reaches its zenith.  The surf spot of Playa Negra is considered one of the best in Costa Rica.

Playa Negra is just short walk from the village of Cahuita.  Cahuita is a laid back and vibrant little village in the setting of Costa Rica’s unique Creole culture, brought about by its Afro-Caribbean heritage.

Cahuita is home to approximately 4,000 or so residents, mainly of Jamaican descent. Mass importation of cheap labor at the turn of the century was exploited to bring in workers for the area’s booming banana plantations.  Landowners looked to Caribbean islands to fill the shortage of labor, which largely comprised of individuals of particular qualities: healthy, black, and disenfranchised.  Modern day Cahuita is a reflection of such history—the vast majority of residents are black, speak an Africanized-Creole English, and uphold the customs of their ancestors.

After countless years of being shunned by Costa Rican officials, Cahuita has only recently—in the last 30 years, or so—began to emerge from its seclusion. The construction of the highway to Puerto Limón from San José and Highway 36 a few years later has opened up Cahuita to tourism, an industry the town has largely accepted.

East of Cahuita is a white-sand beach within Cahuita National Park.  Both are host to offshore activity including snorkeling and scuba diving. The coral reef between the two beaches, one of Costa Rica’s finest, is home to an abundance of marine life.  Cahuita also serves as the gateway to Cahuita National Park to its south.

La Virgen in Alajuela,
in the heart of Sarapiquí

We will be spending one night at Hacienda Pozo Azul, a 2000 acre working ranch.  Here we will rest in their furnished tents before heading out for an exciting canopy tour.

Hacienda Pozo Azul is in the county of Sarapiqui.  Sarapiqui forms a major portion of Heredia province. Covering 85% of Heredia’s total land area, Sarapiqui is known throughout Costa Rica for its amazing and rich biodiversity as well as for being an adventure seeker’s dream destination. Lying in the north east of the country and bordered by Nicaragua in the north,

With a rich history, this county was first inhabited by Votos Indians. Off limits to the public during Costa Rica’s border conflict with neighboring Nicaragua, Sarapiqui has now transformed itself into a major ecotourism area. If you do visit this region a stopover at the international La Selva Biological Research Station is a must. This area is one of the most diverse in Costa Rica and is home to a plethora of indigenous flora and fauna.

Rio Celeste
and Tenorio National Park

We will be spending 6 nights @ the Jungle house.  The house is located in Rio Celeste.  Rio Celeste is in the northwestern part of the country, known for its magnificent light blue color water. The river is surrounded by stunning rainforest and the entire area is located in Tenorio Volcano National Park. The Rio Celeste is home to a striking waterfall with its frothy water cascading into the picturesque light blue waters below. The water changes color due to the sulfur emitted by volcanic activity and mixes with calcium carbonate to produce a stunning hue. Legend has it, when the Gods painted the skies, they dipped their paint brushes into the river which turned the river its light blue color. The river also has a number of natural hot springs located along the banks which can be quite relaxing while the cool blue water rushes downstream right next to you.

There’s trails that take you to the place where the water magically appears to turn blue. You’ll want to spend some time here taking in the Eden-like beauty of the area and although you do so at your own risk, many people swim here as well. The scenery in this area is spectacular. So give yourself some time to hike around.

Playa Samara in Guanacaste,
on the Pacific Coast

Our next destination will take us to the Pacific Coast and the tiny picturesque town of Samara, where we will be staying at a home across the street from the beach.

A quaint little town, Samara lies at the foot of a steep hill. The main road here leads straight into town and ends at the stunning Playa Samara.  In town, you will find everything from a supermarket to a number of gift stores, bars and nightclubs as well.

San José,
the Nation’s Capital.

Our final night in Costa Rica we’ll spend in Costa Rica’s capital, San José at the historic Gran Hotel.

San José, is in the Central Valley. It’s an extensive plain, guarded by majestic volcanoes and green hills, honoring the natural richness that exists throughout the national territory.

Founded in the first half of the eighteenth century, San José is a city where visitors of the entire world converge; metropolis full of interesting places, faces, and colors reflecting the history of a population.

Its architecture is diverse, as may be the people walking its streets. In the north sector of the city you can find the most refined samples of urban development of the early last century. There are many houses and buildings of European inspiration, built with a profound Costa Rican sense of style.

Among the most representative places of the city, we can mention the National Theater, Costa Rica’s pride, and historically, house to some of the best artists, national as well as foreign. Inaugurated in 1897, fruit of the determination of merchants, intellectuals and politicians, who were able to identify the importance an opera house could have, to present the best artistic productions in the world.

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