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Before the roads improved, daredevil surfers used to travel for days to reach big waves on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast. These surfers are headed for relatively mild surf in Cahuita, on the country's Caribbean side.(Credit: Melissa Allison/Seattle Times/MCT)

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The slothful joys of Costa Rica's coast


The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is known for reggae music, Jamaican food and an edgy vibe that occasionally spills over into violence.

To us, it sounded like an adventure to spice things up after a week on the more popular Pacific coast of this Central American country.

In small towns a couple hours south of Puerto Limon, where Columbus docked for 17 days in 1502, my husband, David, and I found reggae music blasting out of bars and the best food we had tasted anywhere in the country. But edginess? Not at all. --Melissa Allison. Mcclatchy-Tribune