After Leo dropped us off at Banana Azul, Colin showed us around the property a bit and introduced us to Roberto. Andrea and Jay were staying at Casa Barbara down the road, so they went to settle in and shower while James and I also showered and got ready for dinner. A taxi picked us up and we were ready for our first night in the Caribbean!
We ate at Cafe Viejo – an Italian restaurant recommended by Colin. The ambience was wonderful…cream drapes were hung around the windows and walls, and are a stark contrast to the dark wood. Our waitress was so beautiful that she seemed almost like a cartoon character. They were also playing the best ambient lounge music…it was so good that I asked if it was a CD or something (I wanted to buy one!) but they said they didn’t know the name of it. Cafe Viejo is pricey for Costa Rica, but was still reasonable. I think most pasta/seafood entrees were around $12 USD, which is obviously great for a delicious dinner. I decided on the lobster ravioli topped with shrimp and squid and it was amazing:
We were all pretty tired from the 10 hours of traveling we did that day, so we decided to take a cab back to Banana Azul and go to bed early. Our waitress at Cafe Viejo was also very sweet and offered to call a taxi for us.
Late-night picture of the common area patio of Banana Azul.
We could hear the waves crashing on the beach but it was too dark to see the ocean. We had the jungle on three sides and the beach on the fourth, so the sounds were beautiful and we fell asleep really fast.
Tags: Banana Azul, Puerto Viejo, Travel