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Sunday's New York Times article on the Puerto Viejo area

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Sunday's New York Times article on the Puerto Viejo area

…nytimes.com/2010/04/04/travel/04next.html…

By GISELA WILLIAMS

Published: April 4, 2010

SOME vacation destinations attract tourists. Others attract disciples. The surfer town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca and the tiny beach communities southeast of it, on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, are of the latter variety.

This wild, often overlooked coastal stretch, an 11-mile-long necklace of small sandy coves located in southern Limón province, may be in one of Costa Rica’s poorest areas, but it’s also one of the most diverse, populated by a blend of Costa Ricans, English-speaking Afro-Caribbeans, indigenous Cabecar and Bribri Indians, and plenty of expatriates, from French fashion designers to old German hippies.

Drive south beyond the small village of Puerto Viejo, a tiny grid of streets lined with scrappy surf bars and cafes with names like Peace & Love and EZ Times, and you’ll find pristine beaches where palm trees bend and sway over the water’s edge. Reggae music emanates from cheerful pastel-painted shacks that line a rutted, mostly dirt road. An old-growth forest, often just yards from the shore, is alive with sloths, toucans and monkeys. (continued)

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1. Re: Sunday's New York Times article on the Puerto Viejo area

Nice!

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2. Re: Sunday's New York Times article on the Puerto Viejo area

I thought you'd like that.

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3. Re: Sunday's New York Times article on the Puerto Viejo area

I think Eddie Ryan, owner of La Costa de Papito, is going to have some fellow New Yorkers visiting him in the near future! Thanks for posting the informative article.

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You know the old saying... "If you can make it there... You can make it anywhere" ;-)

I can not believe all the press that Caribbean of Costa Rica has received in the past few years. USA Today, MSNBC, Conde Naste, Travel & Leisure etc

It is very exciting. Living in a community where at least 50% unemployment is the norm, this can only be positive for many.

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5. Re: Sunday's New York Times article on the Puerto Viejo area

Nice...very nice...Go Puerto Viejo...ROOTS!

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6. Re: Sunday's New York Times article on the Puerto Viejo area

Great report hope all the tourists do not spoil the rustic vibe...

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7. Re: Sunday's New York Times article on the Puerto Viejo area

sorry I just found this after posting this a.m. real neat article, everyone who loves PV as we do, will certainly enjoy reading it.

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8. Re: Sunday's New York Times article on the Puerto Viejo area

ditto! the good part we have going in our favor is its remote location, touristy travelers will not rough the trip & can't afford heli to get there.

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I wrote a letter to the editor of NY TImes Travel (it didn't get published) but here it is to share with TA Readers:

Great article by Gisela Williams "With the Surfers on Costa Rica’s Untamed Coast" (April 4). Having just returned from a two week trip to the Carribean Coast, it made me long for the beautiful sandy beaches, and the warm people of Costa Rica. We discovered our new favorite restaurant in Puerto Viejo, "Ali Baba." Samir serves up the freshest food in town, and is the perfect host, trying out new dishes on his Papa. Other fine hotel choices (with air conditioning!) are Totem Hotel, right in front of Cocles Beach, and Lizard King in Puerto Viejo. No need for a car - take a taxi, a local bus, walk, or bicycle everywhere! We drove on our first trip in 2004, now we hire a private driver, Wilson Rojas (wilson_elsy@yahoo.com) who is a wonderful person that made our trip so memorable with his knowledge and love of the region. Pura Vida!

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