The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is awash with outdoor activities, most of which are easily accessible and reasonably affordable. In Puerto Viejo de Limon, Talamanca you can horseback ride on the beach, zipline through the jungle canopy, and snorkel around coral reef all in the same day. Surf- or watch the experts- at Salsa Brava Beach, also the best place for sunsets. Rent a bike and take the road south to its end in Manzanillo; a scenic ride along the coast surrounded by the rainforest. Take a hike though a real cacao farm on the Chocolate Forest Experience, or stay at a rustic eco-lodge and learn how the Bribri have been making it for thousands of years. At the Jaguar Rescue Center, a tour includes hands-on playtime with recovering monkeys and sloths before they're released, and happiness abounds. This stretch of Costa Rica is home to some of the country's most exquisite beaches. Enjoy the therapeutic properties of Playa Negra with its volcanic black sand, and the relaxed atmosphere on two beaches of Punta Uva, divided by a tree covered cliff that holds a blue grotto. Visit the tranquilo villages of Cahuita and Manzanillo and explore Cahuita National Park and the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge.
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