Despite the recently paved, four-mile road that connects Manzanillo to Puerto Viejo, the town's beautiful beaches have remained tranquil, pristine and relatively untouched by tourism. Sea almond trees bow over the sand, providing shade for reading or relaxation, and the beach's fine sand is perfect for building sandcastles and sunbathing. Snorkelers and divers can swim to coral reefs close to the shore. For an afternoon snack, grab a seafood dish at one of the local restaurants, where chefs cook up the day's fresh catches. A series of picturesque white and black sand beaches line the coast from Puerto Viejo to Manzanillo; all easily accessed via bicycle. Many beaches are recipients of the ecological blue flag award, including Puerto Viejo's Playa Negra, Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita, Punta Uva, Ned Creek and Gandoca.