15 Kilometers south of Puerto Viejo, South Caribbean Costa Rica, just where the road ends and after traveling some wonderful beaches with palm trees stands proud the quiet village of Manzanillo and a beautiful natural area. In this village palm trees interspersed with colorful houses are built on wooden pillars facing beautiful beaches where the people with teir rhythms unhurried and joyful will change your features marked by stress for a smile of pure Caribbean life. In Manzanillo you will experience the sea and for this you can give kayaking or boating a shot along its shores, dive among the coral reefs or simply immerse yourself in its warm turquoise waters. An extra we can hardly forget is to observe closely the three species of dolphins that live here, the small Tucuxi, the bottle nose and painted.
Costa Rica Coast
Costa Rica and Punta Uva
Manzanillo’s population has a predominant rasta atmosphere that is friendly and there you can find many restaurants to satisfy the hunger and thirst among which Maxis Restaurant. There youwill eat very well overlooking the wooden houses of the village and the Caribbean Sea. The restaurant owner is a big fan of Barca and has an area full of commemorative items of this football club. Manzanillo is part of the National Wildlife Refuge Gandoca which has one of the most extraordinary biological wealths of the country. One can cross this natural area heading down along its paths between a dense primary forest or circling a beautiful coastline dotted with secluded beaches. Local guides will help you discover a lot of species of animals such as white faced and howler monkeys, sloths and an enormous variety of birds.
At the other end of Gandoca Manzanillo Refuge you’ll arrive at Punta Mona. Another treasure is its enclosing Gandoca forests, a giant among the trees. And of course the leatherback turtle, the largest in the world endangered which came to these shores between March and June to lay her eggs. In summary it is a biological paradise of nature, culture and humans.
Manzanillo photos: Jodi, Gabriel F Storchie, rivieratelamanca.