Puerto Viejo: Places to Go, Things to Do

There is so much to do in Puerto Viejo!

EXPLORE THE BEACH:

ON HORSEBACK

GO DEEP SEA FISHING

SUNBATHE AND SWIM

UNDERSEA DIVING

FISH THE SURF

SEE DOLPHINS

SNORKEL

SURF

KAYAK

TAKE A BEACH YOGA CLASS

 

 

EXPLORE THE JUNGLE:

HIKE TO A BEAUTIFUL VIEW POINT

SEE WILD ANIMALS AT THE RESCUE CENTER

LEARN ABOUT MEDICINAL PLANTS

TOUR CAHUITA PARK

TOUR GANDOCA RESERVE

SWIM IN THE WATERFALLS

TAKE A DRIVE THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS

 

EXPLORE THE CULTURE:

SEE HOW CHOCOLATE IS MADE

MEET THE INDIGENOUS

VISIT AN ORGANIC FARM

LEARN SPANISH

LEARN TO SALSA DANCE

ENJOY GREAT LOCAL FOOD

 

 

 

 

EXPLORE BY:

BICYCLE

BUS

CAR

TAXI

ON FOOT

SCOOTER

GOLF CART

SURREY BIKE

AUTO RICHSHAW

 

Costa Rica waterfall

COSTA RICA GUIDE SERVICE

I offer you my personal service as a guide.

I can pick you up at the airport.
I can take you on some great one-day tours:
Jungle Beach Adventure
Lovely Mountain Drive
Fun in the Waterfalls
Hike to the Mirador

And you can stay at MY house! The best place for ambiance, price and location is my place, HIDDEN JUNGLE BEACH HOUSE. It’s private – tucked away in the jungle, yet a 5 minute walk to town and only 3 minutes to beautiful Black Beach. It’s clean and economical. And it’s authentic Caribbean style living, immersed in nature. Come visit!

 

And I’m always here for you with advice and suggestions, like:

Costa Rica restaurantsWHERE TO EAT:

There are many good restaurants here in Puerto Viejo. My favorites are:

ELENA BROWN’S for authentic Caribbean food. The food is scrumptious and the place is pretty, spacious and very clean.

STASHU’S CON FUSION is right next door to Elena’s place. Stash has been here many years serving up a great variety of World Fusion food, from Caribbean to Curry. The atmosphere is lovely. The passion fruit cheesecake is “to die for.”

CHILE ROJO is my favorite for their sushi and unique new concoctions that the owner/chef Andrew continues to come up with. Located across from the beach, it’s a great place to people watch.

The neighboring towns have great places to eat, also:

PECORA NERA (Black Sheep), in Cocles is one of our most exquisite restaurants – 5 star quality. It’s off the beaten path but I can tell you how to find it.

EL REFUGIO in Punta Uva has excellent Argentine cuisine and a nice atmosphere.

MAXI’S in Manzanillo – of course, it’s a classic!

Buen Provecho!

 

How to Spend Your Day

There are several little towns along the beach road, between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo. Punta Uva has the most popular, swimming beach. This makes for a great bike ride.

Horseback riding on the beach and through the jungle makes beautiful vacation memories.  You can go with my good friend Raul. His horses are just wonderful. For the experienced or the first time rider, this fun excursion will make a dream day of your vacation. I love these jungle/beach rides. Ask me and I’ll set it up for you – in fact maybe I’ll even go along!

A must see for Puerto Viejo is the Jaguar Wild Animal Rescue Center. You’ll see all the animals in Costa Rica, close up. The goal is to rehabilitate animals and reintroduce them back into their native habitats. Monkeys, birds, sloths, snakes and more are brought to the JRC, and treated by professional veterinarians, caregivers and a hard-working team of staff and volunteers. The tour tells the story of each animal and why they are there. It’s an enriching experience.

Go to Manzanillo for a jungle tour of Gandoca Reserve and have dinner at historic, Maxi’s. Maxi opened his restaurant over thirty years ago, before the bridges and roads were built, before they even had electricity. Look for a local jungle guide in Manzanillo. It is well worth the price to be taken through the jungle and learn all about the plants and animals. Sometimes you can get a boat ride from Manzanillo to go to Punta Mona (there are no roads), which has an organic farm and teaches sustainable living. Punta Mona is gorgeous!

And there’s more! Zip lining, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and sea kayaking are all available for you. You can rent a bike, scooter, motorcycle, golf cart or car to get around. You can take a yoga class or a Caribbean cooking class. You’ll find there is more to do than you have time for. But there is always time to relax. That’s what we do best on Costa Rica’s Caribbean side.