Costa RicaCosta Rica

Time to Go Home Already?

Destination: Puerto Viejo

Manzanillo game roomThe sun shines brightly this morning without a cloud in the sky.

Kaya's Place has a beautiful view of the ocean as you sit in the restaurant/ lodge area. Fresh coffee and the gentle morning sun glistening off the ocean start the day off right.

There are a few folks sitting out on the front deck enjoying the new rocking chairs and the resident dogs lazily nap in the shade. The pool table calls my name for some reason this am, and as luck would have it, I WON! (somehow?)

I have time to chat with JT and Sarah, the owners, and man, do they have a great thing going on here. They are involved in the local community and use local labor and materials for all their construction needs. Manzanillo sleeping dogThey are also a member of the Rainforest Alliance, promoting sustainable eco-tourism.

JT and Sarah are relatively new owners of Kaya's Place and have big plans for growth. They currently offer kayaking tours, surf lessons, snorkeling and Bribri Indian Reservation tours. They can help you coordinate tours with local guides and they rent boogie boards and snorkeling equipment. When the water is clear, you can snorkel right off the coast directly in front of Kaya's Place. 

Kaya's Place is well know for repeat guests and for folks who come to stay just a few nights and end up staying for weeks, or longer. Friendly staff and comfortable rooms make it easy to call Kaya's Place home.

Manzanillo jungle lodge

On the way home to San Jose, we stop by the Moin port where crates and crates of bananas are shipped out daily. Bananas are Costa Rica's second largest export product. There are huge plantations in the Caribbean lowlands in Costa Rica where millions of bananas are produced annually and most of them leave through this port.

Home is upon us quickly. The drive was smooth and trouble free (no 2 hour backups on the Braulio Carrillo road). Its good to be home but the ocean is always calling my name. Soon I will return.

Time to Go Home Already? in Pictures