Indian, tico and hippyesque counterculture, this small port town is an anthropological study in itself. A mere 11 miles (18 km) from Cahuita, Puerto Viejo is accessible via Highway 36 or by simply walking south, along the beach
"So many! The Sloth Sanctuary (Aviarios del caribe) was awesome. We took a local bus to it (~40 minutes). You don't really know a place until you take its public transit! Color Caribe has amazing food. The scenery is unbeatable. The black sand, the white sand. We walked from the Jaguar rescue back to the hotel. it was hot but saw so many beautiful things on the way back. People are friendly and hospitable!!"
"Sloth Sanctuary is a short bus ride away…well worth a visit, baby sloth orphans are adorable! Lots of live entertainment, fire eaters etc in the evening, good vibe. Cahuita National Park worth hiking through for the wildlife seen."
"Jungle Love was a great place to eat; the town is a bike ride from the Shawandha Lodge, but bikes are hard to find."
"Lovely laid back town, we really enjoyed the jaguar rescue centre"
"Check out El Refugio for an amazing dinner. You may want to make reservations though as the place is quite small. The people of the town are pretty friendly and it's worth getting out and walking around for a while to experience the culture."