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
"Amazing city! Loved it! Definitely want to go back here! Beaches are beautiful, great location to take a bike ride to the neighboring national parks. Many great restaurants (bread and chocolate, ice cream deelite, café viejo, bikini, ...)"
"This was our favorite spot during our 2 week stay in Costa Rica. The beaches are pristine and beautiful and the food is out of this world. We stayed for 5 days and never had one bad meal. You must rent a bike if you stay in this area. Most hotels either provide them, and if not, they will show you where you can rent them for around $8 a day. We traveled to Puerto Viejo in early October and not once did we get the feeling that it was touristy or overdone. You do need to be a little cautious at night, but if you're careful and aware you won't have any problems. It was a fantastic experience and we're sure to go back. "
"Jungles and Beaches! Pura Vida! It was a memorable experience and a great opener for our trip!"
"Tamara's restaurant was excellent food & value. The Monkey bke rental was great. Could give info on bus schedule ahead of time. Playa Manzanillo is worth visiting while in area. Can bike or bus. "
"We loved Puerto Viejo even despite the rain!! Definitely cycle down to Punta Uva!"