I've been in PV for the past week and am having a great time!
It was long trip to get here - took a midnight flight with a layover in Houston and arrived at SJO at 1pm. Interbus shuttle took us to the Dunn Inn where we had a snack and Pilsens before crashing out hard (Dunn Inn is great). Interbus picked us in the morning and dropped us off at the house we are renting for the next 2 weeks just east of town near Rockin J's.
Puerto Viejo has had a few changes since our last visit - the Argentinean Steak place and Chili Rojo have moved to the east side of town and El Loco Natural is gone but is supposedly moving to a new location set to open later this year. A new mall is supposed to be built where Chili Rojo's old location next to El Dorado.
We noticed a large police presence on the main road at night and also saw some of the Tourist Police riding a motorcycle around town. We didn't see as many shady characters as on our last visit.
The weather has been a mixture of overcast and gorgeous sunny days. Only had one day where it rained a bit. The water at the beaches have been a bit rough (probably from the storm over the Carribean).
We're mostly getting around on foot but yesterday we rented bicycles and rode to Punta Uva
A few cullinary highlights:
We checked out the Sunset bar but it seems to be more of a less friendly, locals place.
El Dorado is top on our list of favorite places for beers, cocktails and people watching.
Dubliner Irish Bar (next to Rockin' J's) doesnt really live up to it's name (nothing Irish about it since it's owned by a Rasta). I was foolishly looking forward to a black and tan but they were out of Guinness and never heard of Harp or Bass ale :(
Cafe Rico has the BEST coffee I've had anywhwhere! It attracts some unusual people based on the sign out from that advertises "conspiracy consultations". Good breakfasts too!
Restaurante Punta Uva - limited menu but we were hungry so we ordered some chicken "fajitas" which in reality were deep fried chicken strips covered with thousand island dressing(!).
Stanfords. We were promptly brought our drinks along with gucamole and chips. The guacamole was good but the chips were pretty soggy with the oil used to fry them. We then waited for a really long time for our arroz con pollo. It was alomost as if they had to wait for the rice to grow and the chicken to hatch and mature so they could make our meal. I dont know if the cook forgot or was taking a long break, smoking crack or what. We saw other dinners waiting quite some time as well. I guess when the tips are included in the bill there isn;t much incentive for fast service. We wont be going back to Stanfords.
Bread and Chocolate - fantastic sandwiches and even better chocolates (YUM!)
De Paso - sand floored cafe on the beach good food and great atemosphere
Lizard King - We ordered chips and guacamole, tacos, and enchiladas. The chips and guacamole took a loooong time to arrive (30 minutes) and then we didn't get our main courses for another 20 minutes after that. The food was all really tasty but I wouldn't recommend it based on the slow service.
More to come!