Manzanillo Costa Rica
Located about 6 km down
the coast from Cariblue, Manzanillo is at the end
of the coast road. Beyond this, there are
only jungle trails which lead out to Monkey Point
and beyond to Gandoca. Manzanillo is a small community,
perhaps half the size of Puerto Viejo. The inhabitants
are mostly Afro-Caribbean.
The beach in Manzanillo is excellent. Coral reefs
offshore create a natural harbor, and there are
usually a number of boats moored there. The water
is usually calm and perfect for swimming. For some
reason, the local inhabitants of Manzanillo seem
to spend much more time on the beach than the locals
elsewhere in the area.
Beyond Manzanillo is the Gandoca
Wildlife Reserve. The jungle in this region is particularly
pristine, and there are numerous trails leading
through the wilderness but no roads. Ask around
in Manzanillo, you can easily find a local guide
to take you on an incredible nature walk through
the forest teeming with wildlife. You can also arrange
boat tours in Manzanillo, including snorkeling,
dolphin watching, and transportation out to Monkey
Point (Punta Mona).
The road is not currently paved all the way to Manzanillo.
It used to become dirt a couple of km past Playa
Chiquita in Punta Uva. However, a paving project
was recently completed, making Manzanillo much more
conveniently accessible. Since the completion of
the road, Manzanillo has seen a rapid growth in
tourist activity, and is quickly becoming one of
the most popular beach going spots in the area.
At the point where civilization stops and the jungle
begin, Manzanillo is a great spot for nature lovers,
definitely worth exploring during your vacation