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The Beaches

Surfing, snorkeling, diving, swimming, fishing, playing, relaxing ... pura vida!

Playa Negra Puerto Viejo

Playa Negra

Just before coming in to Puerto Viejo you'll find the Playa Negra, or, the Black beach. The sand is nearly pitch black, but it is not dirt, neither is it of volcanic origin. Rather it is has a high concentration of magnetite and other minerals. The sand is very fine and soft and this beach stretches up to the Cahuita National Park. Run quickly to the water on a hot day or you'll burn your feet!



Playa Cocles

Famous for the Beach Break, this beautiful beach is a magnet for surfers. Regular Surfing tournaments attract both professionals and amateurs from all over the world. Take a surfing lesson or watch how it's done.


Playa Cocles Puerto Viejo
Playa Chiquita Puerto Viejo

Playa Chiquita

A wide sandy beach, Playa Chiquita curves around the headland dotted with shallow coral rock pools ... add the ultimate in lazy sea bathing after snorkeling its colourful reef.



Punta Uva

An unforgettable beach where the rain forest drips from the shore into Playa Punta Uva's turquoise calm waters and howler monkeys cavort through the canopy. This is where the Dive Center is and where you do the PADI or organize a diving day.


Playa Punta Uva
Playa Grande Manzanillo

Playa Grande

Palm-fringed, white sand Playa Grande has majestic views of the bay's curving headlands in shades of blue and good snorkeling in calm clear waters. This is the "home beach" of Congo Bongo - a long pristine beach stretching down to nearby Manzanillo.



Playa Manzanillo

A beach with a difference and full of local colour Playa Manzanillo has caves to explore, jungle trails leading to panoramic views, snorkeling off the point and boat trips to go dolphin watching.


Playa Manzanillo

Restaurants

- It's plain amazing how many delicious plates are served in this area -

Restaurant Pecora Nera in Cocles, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Pecora Nera - Cocles

This open-air joint on the jungle's edge has a deserved reputation as the finest Italian restaurant in the region. The menu has a broad selection of pizzas and pastas, but your best bet is to just ask Ilario (the owner and chef) what's fresh and special for that day, and to trust his instincts and inventions. The main dishes come with a variety of side dishes.


Que Quilombo - Cocles

Just next to the Pirripli supermarket in Cocles there is a fantastic Argentinian parilla where you can eat meat until you pass out. But of course, vegetarians don't need to be shy to go either, because there are pizzas a la parilla or just grilled vegetables. The atmosphere is very homey and nice, flavored with a tango theme. Pizza á la parilla starts at 9,000 colones and are so big they are best shared. Having the lomo grilled to your wishes will make your day. Also, typical Argentinian morcilla are on the menu as well as chorizo. Don't storm in with "hungry - now!" - quality parilla takes a moment, bring some patience and your best friends.

Take-away is available. Open Mon-Sat 5pm - 10pm


Restaurant Que Quilombo in Cocles, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Chile Rojo - Puerto Viejo

Chile Rojo offers a true taste of Thailand, Asia and the Middle East, in a cozy and casual atmosphere, complete with an outdoor patio.

They aim to give you a unique dining experience with a selection of exotic, authentic and delicious dishes. Come and experience an "oasis of flavor" with their wide variety of dishes featuring chicken, lamb, seafood, vegetarian, rice and beef side dishes. Specialized in creating exotic cocktails at very affordable prices. We serve you everything from beer to fine wine and the perfect Martini. Happy Hours daily from 6 pm - 8 pm.

Take-away is available. Open Daily 10 am - Midnight


Restaurant Chile Rojo in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Restaurant Cafe Viejo in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Cafe Viejo - Puerto Viejo

This place is set right on the busiest corner of "downtown" Puerto Viejo. You can get a wide range of pastas and thin-crust wood-oven pizzas here, as well as more substantial fish, chicken, and meat entrees. On weekends, a late-night lounge often develops here, with electronic music and dancing.

Open Wednesday-Monday from noon until 1am.


Malbec - Cocles

Malbec is wonderfully removed from the main road a couple hundred kilometers, down a little gravel lane. A very nice, comfortable, and romantic setting. They have a great wine list.

The husband and wife owners are very personable and interesting, which is all part of the fun in having dinner here. They even gave us a very nice shot of excellent rum on the house which ended the meal perfectly! This is definitely the place to go if you are in the mood for a great steak dinner!


Argentinian Restaurant Malbec in Cocles, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Café Bread & Chocolate in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Bread & Chocolate - Puerto Viejo

Bread and Chocolate is a small, all natural, bakery and cafe on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. We offer a variety of freshly baked goods, hand-made chocolate truffles, and cakes, as well as breakfast and lunch.

The owner takes pride in his food and service and comes around to chat with you. It's a place to appease breakfast, lunch and chocolate needs!


Jungle Love - Playa Chiquita

Cooking style at Jungle Love Cafe is best described as International-Fusion. Everything is homemade and fresh, and although there aren't many items listed on the menu, there are very few things they cannot make. If you are a vegan or have a certain food allergy, let them know, as they will cater to your request! They will also create a custom menu with you for your wedding reception, party or catered event in the area.

At this time they do not accept credit cards. A 13% sales tax is not included in our prices. A 10% service charge will be added to all orders, 15% for tables of 6 or more. 400 colones will be added to each takeout item.


Restaurant Cafe Viejo in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Restaurant El Refugio in Punta Uva, Costa Rica

El Refugio - Punta Uva

El Refugio is owned by a very friendly Argentinian couple and has a mere five or so tables, the atmosphere intimate and perfect for a romantic dinner. The food is beyond compare. The prices range from 3,500 colones to 12,000 colones for the best piece of meat on this coast. And when they have them, and you like mussels (mejillones), that is a must-try!


Restaurant Maxi's in Manzanillo, Costa Rica

Maxi's - Manzanillo

Cooled by sea breezes and shaded by tall, stately palms, this two-story, brightly painted wooden building offers weary travelers cold beer, potent cocktails, and great seafood at unbeatable prices after a day's hike in the refuge. Locals and expatriates alike—and even chefs from Puerto Viejo's fancier restaurants—come here for their lobster fix, and the fresh fish is wonderful, too. Locals tend to congregate in the rowdy but pleasant downstairs bar, where reggae beats into the wee hours.


Activities

- Things to do in and around Manzanillo -


Tours available

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Half-day trips

Zip-lining/Canopy
Zip-lining or canopy is great fun and there is, for example, a tour north of Puerto Viejo, in Hone Creek, which is very recommend. It has a parcours of about 20 stops
Horseback riding on the beach
There exist various operators for horseback riding - let us help you choose one and we will arrange it for you.
Jaguar Rescue Center in Cocles
The Jaguar Rescue Center is located in Cocles, near Villa del Caribe. It does not host a jaguar, but is a center where they take care of damaged animals and help them finding back to their natural habitat.
Walk down Playa Grande
The Playa Grande is a long and beautiful beach, white sand and it will take you almost down to the Panamanian border. Offers excellent snorkeling, a stop for lunch in Manzanillo and a sunset.
Spa morning
Or afternoon. treat yourself well and book a body treatment or massage at the Indulgence Spa & Beauty Salon or the Pure Jungle Spa.
Sloth sanctuary
Go and visit the sloths, cute, slow and always smiling Pura Vida! Visit homepage.
Bird watching
Costa Rica has about 900 different bird species - watch and learn about some of them in the Manzanillo area. Visit homepage.

Day trips

Tortuguero Turtle watch
Going to the Tortuguero to watch turtles is a fascinating trip. Maybe best with one over night stay as it is located north of Limón.
Do the PADI in Punta Uva
If you are curious to start diving we will send you to the Punta Uva Dive Center. And if you are already experienced you now know where to go. They offer PADI certifications of various levels.
Bocas del Toro
On the Panamanian side there is Bocas del Toro. It is possible to do in a day, but perhaps best with one overnight stay. Highly recommended.
Monkey Point
A full day hiking and boat trip with snorkeling. Trip includes lunch - book conveniently at Congo Bongo - read more on their home page
Chocolate "museum"
Learn all about chocolate - organic fair trade is a motto - and we're sure you'll be able to have a bite, too! Caribeans home page
Go fishing!
Go fishing, do some snorkeling and then cook a great meal - sounds like a deal! Visit homepage