San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Puerto Viejo rundown

A special thank you to all of those who participated in the 1st Annual Puerto Viejo Chocolate Festival.  Visitors, judges and participating businesses alike contributed in making this a weekend to remember for the South Caribbean. Congratulations to Pascal of Cocles, who hand-harvests the cacao from his farm. 

He is the winner of the Puerto Viejo Cacao Producer of the Year Award, selected by more than 100 people in a blind taste test. Pascal’s hard work paid off in a difficult battle of cacao quality. See you all next year for our celebration of the local crop cacao, its many versatile uses and its revival within the region. 

A new group has been initiated based upon a common question:  “Anyone going to San José?” For those of us 4.5 hours from the city, catching a ride in a car rather than public bus can be a real lifesaver. Find “Puerto Viejo Ride Share” on Facebook if you are coming or going from the big city in your own car, or if you’re looking to catch a ride to or from.  Please, make the terms of your request clear. 

Need to transport a pet?  Public bus operation hours not working for you?  Link up with someone who can help you out.  Colin Brownlee of Banana Azul, who created the page, says he hopes to “inspire initiatives in the rest of the country.  No cost, very little administration and the users just take it from there.”  Not only can ride-sharing be friendly for your wallet, it is also friendly for the environment. Help keep Costa Rica green and share company on a long roadtrip while you’re at it.

Salsa Brava’s new Beach Bar is bringing the roots vibe back to Puerto Viejo! Check out three nights of reggae:  Wednesdays with DJ Selektah Danny Dread, Fridays with DJ Miguel (of Reggaeland) and Sundays with DJ Garf. Been wanting to get back to roots?  Here’s your chance.  Starting in November, the Salsa Brava Beach Bar will have live concerts once a month.  

-Kristin Ramírez

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