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
"We loved Puerto Viejo even despite the rain!! Definitely cycle down to Punta Uva!"
"It is more of beautiful & pristine beaches with more of a cultural experience of the Caribbean, rather than truly nature lovers paradise as monteverde"
"We thought Puerto Viejo was a bit crowded and touristy for our taste. The best part about this trip was the snorkeling, our hike on the beach and the Jaguar Rescue Center!"
"By far, the best experience with locals! You feel like part of the town as soon as you're there."
"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!!"