Experiencing the Capilano Suspension Bridge has long since been on our local to do list. Although we count ourselves among the lucky souls who can call British Columbia their home base, and despite the fact that the suspension bridge is only an hour drive away, it was activity we had yet to experience. Because of this, we decided to take advantage of a recent sunny Sunday, and make the trek out to the bridge. [Read more…]
Our youngest son, Cooper, is a builder. His favorite activities involve stacking blocks into rickety towers and drawing up imaginative magic marker blueprints. When we tuck him in at night, it is not uncommon to pull lego blocks out from underneath his pillow. When his interest in building recently turned to castle construction, we knew that a visit to Craigdarroch Castle should be on our list for our upcoming trip to Victoria, B.C.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a laid back beach town in the Limon province of Southeastern Costa Rica. The town is a beach lovers paradise, and counts itself among the top rated surfing destinations on the planet. Surfers from around the world travel to Puerto Viejo to conquer the biggest and most powerful wave in all of Costa Rica, the famed “Salsa Brava”.
Hiking through the jungle in the dark, armed only with flashlights, is a thrilling adventure. Exploring the wild of the rain forest can be adventurous enough in the daylight, but heading out at night is whole other experience. Costa Rica is one of the most bio diverse places on the planet, but a large portion of the creatures that live there are nocturnal; exploring the rain forest at night brings you face to face with a great number of creatures that you would otherwise never encounter. Because of this, the night hike at La Ceiba was at the top of our list of things to do during our recent adventures in Puerto Viejo.
At the Volio Waterfall, cascading water spills into a shimmering pool. The natural sanctuary provided by the surrounding rainforest is emerald and alive. Reaching the falls is one of those special, surreal moments that all travelers long for; finding the waterfall, however, is an adventure in itself.
For a small, laid back beach town, Puerto Viejo has a lot to offer when it comes to cuisine. Caribbean food is typical in the area, but there are a wide variety of international options as well; from the local Tico casado to international specialties, there is plenty here to satisfy your inner foodie. The local cuisine here is marked by a distinctly Caribbean flair, with coconut, cacao, and tropical fruit making their way onto many menus; restaurants in the area do a fantastic job at taking advantage of the bounty of the land and sea. There is a strong focus on food that is natural and organic, and we were ecstatic to find so many healthy options available to help balance our indulgences.
We ate out at a wide variety of restaurants during our adventures here, and can honestly say that we never had a bad meal in Puerto Viejo. Below are some of our favorites.
Every Saturday, hungry locals and travelers flock to the Farmer’s Market in Puerto Viejo. Visiting the local farmer’s market was one of my favorite activities during our adventures in this laid back beach town. We are a family of fruit fanatics, and this place had everything we could hope for. The market provides an excellent opportunity to mingle with locals and sample delicacies unique to the area.
Five minutes into the tour, you will realize that everything you ever knew about chocolate was a lie. Forget about the mass produced candy bars of your youth. Here, in the verdant jungle of Puerto Viejo, chocolate grows on trees.
The shimmering white sands and calm blue waters of the Caribbean lure travelers to the quiet shores of Punta Cahuita. The morning sun casts a golden glow upon the sand of the park’s entrance, while an upbeat Bob Marley tune echoes through the palms.
Zip-lining through the jungle was a highlight of my children’s travels through Costa Rica. The Terraventuras Canopy Tour is a must do for adventurous souls, allowing you to soar through the air from platform to platform, with a unique bird’s eye view of the lush primary rainforest below.