There is so much to do in Puerto Viejo!
EXPLORE THE BEACH:
GO DEEP SEA FISHING
SUNBATHE AND SWIM
FISH THE SURF
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 TO SALSA DANCE
ENJOY GREAT LOCAL FOOD
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:
There are many good restaurants here in Puerto Viejo. My favorites are:
STASHU’S CON FUSION Our friend, 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.
KOKI BEACH the most elegant in town has a lovely ambiance, situated right across from the beach. Everything they serve is no less than excellent!
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!
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.