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Published: April 6th 2007
So me and Miry decided to take the Easter Holiday down by the Coast at a place called Canoa and considering we only had three days there the 10-11 hour trip is a bit much for a couple of days in the Sun but it was worth it in the end.
The Bus left around 10:30 on Thursday night and I had an eight hour sleepless journey to Puerto Viejo. I thought I would be used to the manic driving through pitch black roads that constantly wind all the way from the Mountains to the valleys and only straighten up towards the Coastal plains but no! did my experiences in Asia count for nothing.
So we arrived at Porto Viejo at about 8 in the morning trying to decipher from the locals who was telling the truth or who was just another clueless advice giver and one of us was a native so we grabbed another bus to Ahia where we took a boat ride to the other side much to Miry's dismay as she hates boats (but can fall asleep on the "Death bus") and then took a 20 minute taxi to our destination, The Bamboo Hostal on
Apparently its like this every day all year!
Canoa Beach. Canoa
Canoa's Beach stretches for miles and miles but most of the tourist area is located at the far end.
It only has a few Restaraunts and a few Bars none of which are on the Beach apart from the Bamboo which is why it does so well and is the best pick of the bunch. It has comfortable rooms with on-sweet Bathrooms for eight pound a night. There are also meals served all day and an extensive Cocktail list so you can just sit and chill by the Bar at night or play some Pool.
During the day the Surf in Canoa is great and pretty much constant and the water is tropical warm so you can surf for hours with no wet suit required only a rib skin to stop you burning as the Sun here is fiercely hot. There is also a Volleyball net and a weirdly pull-up bar to make use of. There is a bit of a town area where you can go watch some of the locals Salsa or gyrate to Reggaeton Music and maybe eat some snacks from the street vendors or buy some jewellery from local sellers.
On the way to Canoa you have to take a little boat across to the other side.
that theres not much else there but a huge potential to improve and develop in time as South America becomes more popular, the fact that no ones really made an effort to improve the place or make it more touristy gives it some of it's laid back charm, it's still pretty much controlled by the locals................for now.
I have really fallen in love with Canoa and hope to spend much more time there in the future picking up on my Surfing where I left off when I was a kid, it is the laid back lifestyle we all hope to achieve (well me anyway). New Video Feature!
I now have some videos which you can download for this blog, "Back To Quito" and also plenty for the New York Blog so please feel free to take a look and keep an eye out for future videos on my blogs, just look for the film logo at the top.
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