Caribbean and Rocking J’s

Posted: March 17, 2011 in Costa Rica

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After a few days of mountain riding, I decided to head over to the caribbean. A few people told me it was worth checking out although CR doesn’t have much on that side. It’s interesting that in both, Nicaragua and CR, people have settled more on the Pacific side than the clear warm water and reggae playing neighboring east part. There is only one road in and you can cross the border to Panama up on the Atlantic as well but I rode in and rode back out as I wanted to check out the lower Pacific peninsula as well.

The nicely paved and only road leading to the Caribbean

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First stop on the Atlantic was Puerto Limon. Everyone told me to stop by and check it out during day time, but like most port cities in Central America, it’s not a safe place during the night. The Puerto Limon area is where most of the Cocaine comes in from Panama and Colombia along with the weapon trade from the north. I talked a bit with some local police in the central park and they told me that a kilo of pure goes for about 2000-2500$. A bit more and they were going to show me where to buy it too.

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A bridge on the way to Puerto Vieho

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And finally on the beach in Puerto Vieho

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Even the palm trees look different on the caribbean

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I went to the end of the road to Manzanillo and decided to head back to Puerto Vieho where prices seemed a bit more reasonable for lodging. I read about a hostel named Rocking J’s and they were offering camping for 4$ which was the cheapest I found yet in Costa Rica. Thought it would be a nice calm place to spend a few nights. One I got there I found a super creative hostel made out of tile murals, ceilings, floors… etc. Also Rocking J’s should be called Smokin Js…although once you think about it, both names mean about the same… 😉

It just so happened that the first night I got there, it was J’s birthday and the biggest party night of the year. Free Jungle Juice was given out during the whole night as J bought about 85 bottles of hard liquor for the party. About 40 some Js were handed out into the crowd as the band started playing and some special brownies were being passed out and consumed during the night as well.

Here is the view from my tent…

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And some of the tile set-ups throughout the hostel

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Fight war, not wars

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You could bring your own tent, rent a tent, rent a hammock for the night, a dorm, private room or even this sky view room…

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Needless to say that I had a great time there. Slept for 3 or 4 nights… can’t really remember… might have been the home made delicious brownies causing some memory loss… but if you go up that way, it’s a place definitely worth checking out.

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Comments
  1. E- says:

    The hostel is really cool and the mosaics are more interesting and meaningful than the famous Antonio Gaudí’s creations in Barcelona, Spain. Congratulations to the artist! and yes, definitely a place to visit and stay at.

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