Spend a sunset at The Lazy Mon at Stanford's in Puerto Viejo de Limon, and you'll get the best view of a colorful sky settling into the waters of Salsa Brava, a tiny gem of a beach on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast that's known for its killer surf.
Sunday at The Lazy Mon — Photo courtesy of The Lazy Mon at Stanford's
On Sundays after sundown, Open Jam night at this favored beach bar attracts local and international talent to its open-air scene; a laid-back ambiance mixes well with live music, which runs the gamut from Roots reggae to experimental beats and piano ballads. This is the best place in town to see live music, and the picturesque setting lends itself to getting lost -and found - in the music and mood of the place.
Limited edition Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburger — Photo courtesy of The Lazy Mon at Stanford's
"Who is Stanford?" you may ask. Or even, "Who is The Lazy Mon?" Stanford's was the name of the restaurant that occupied this exquisite beachfront space for several decades, and it will always be known as Stanford's to those who remember it.
In homage to the history of Puerto Viejo de Limon, the group of American friends who opened The Lazy Mon at Stanford's three years ago invite old-timers, new-comers and all walks of life to come share a piece of their little corner of the world - and maybe have a cheeseburger.
The Lazy Mon at Stanford's lies on a prime piece of real estate: the edge of the Carbbean sea. Thanks to climate change, the coral reef that lives along this coast is dying a faster and faster death each day. Today, ordinances to protect the coast and its precious eco-systems prohibit any permanent construction on the narrow stretch of beach that runs from the Panamanian border to the south and the old port of Limon. But the Lazy Mon at Stanford's history pre-dates the laws, so it has been allowed to stay, so far.
Rumor has it that despite the protestations of environmentalists and conservationists that have worked hard to preserve this section of Costa Rica, a marina may be built in the waters in front of The Lazy Mon at Stanford's, which would effectively help extinguish the sea life that still thrives on the coral reef here.
What can you do as a visitor to this precious place? Tread lightly, leave no trace and enjoy the experience of being able to share this beautiful spot with kindred spirits. Celebrate "One Love" as Bob Marley would have seen fit.