Deciding to stay at Kaya's Place in Puerto Viejo was an easy decision--it was right across the street from Playa Negra, a black sand beach with lush, green jungle clinging to the edge of the sand. Kaya's is a typical backpacker accommodation--while not the cleanest place, Kaya's is a super affordable and rustic hammock heaven perfect for relaxing. Actually, this place was probably the most laid back place I'd ever been--the staff were friendly with a 'no worries' mentality, the bar served up fresh fruit juices, breakfasts and cheap Costa Rican beer and chilled out tunes played on repeat throughout the day.
If you ever find yourself in Puerto Viejo, be sure to check out Playa Negra, its a bit cleaner and more isolated than beaches in town but literally right down the beach from the main bus station. And if you find yourself in front of Kaya's Place, step up to the bar for a fresh watermelon-pineapple juice--my new fave ;).
One night, we decided to bike across town and explore Puerto Viejo by night and grab some street food for dinner.
It was ridiculously magical, picture this:
the sun is set,
tiki torches illuminate street corners,
street vendors sell freshly made empanadas, taquitos and brochettes,
Bob Marley tunes fill the air,
a warm, tropical mist falls from the sky,
and we're cruising up and down the streets of PV with the sound of crashing waves in the distance.
These are the travel moments I live for...