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
"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."
"Try Chile Roja for good food and hit up The Point to catch a football game when one's on! "
"We actually took a bike ride into this town which was a couple miles from our hotel. The people said hello and we felt very safe. I shopped at a few areas and was not hassled. I feel if you are nice to people, they are nice to you back. Smile, it's not hard!! Had a good day!"
"We took the Chocolate Museum tour which was wonderful - ending with them making chocolate from scratch for us to eat. We also went to the Jaguar Rescue Center - and loved it!! Held the baby monkeys, saw baby sloths, beautiful cats, birds, and other animals and got explanations about how they were or were not able to rehabilitate them. "