Did I Just Travel to Jamaica?

The fourth and final weekend we went to Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean side of the country, and let me tell you something, the culture and lifestyle over there is nothing like I’ve ever seen before and I truly enjoyed it.

This little town was extremely small but so quaint at the same time, located on the coast with the water on one side and the mountains on the other. It reminded me so much of Jamaica, or what I would think Jamaica would be like.The people there was so incredible as well! First off, most of them were African American and second of all they were so relaxed and purely enjoying the life of living next to one of the most beautiful parts of Costa Rica, making only about $3 an hour and selling souvenirs to us silly Americans who think all of their products are “real”. The lifestyle over there was truly inspiring.

Unfortunately, I did not feel well that weekend and for a few days to follow so I stayed in at night and caught up on sleep. Well that is until one night, when in a town where “it doesn’t rain” it began to rain heavily, and I mean heavily. While we were at dinner it began storming and then after a few minutes into the storm we heard a loud pop and thought nothing of it, until we got back to our hotel with the lovely mosca nets over our beds, and the power was out. Eventually it came back on, but at about 4 a.m. Haylee and I were awoken to the entire building shaking from the thunder and lightening. It seemed like it was right above us, it was probably one of the most terrifying storms I’ve experienced.

Besides the feeling ill and the crazy storm,we truly enjoyed our time in Puerto Viejo and it was probably all of our favorite town. Between biking through the town for only $4 for 5 hours, surfing for $2, and watching the waves at sun down for a relaxing minute, it was an incredible place. Honestly, if I came back to CR, Puerto Viejo would be the first place I would go to.