Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Puerto Viejo lies about twenty miles south of Puerto Limon, and is legendary among surfing aficionados of the world, who come for an outrageous storm-generated wave called La Salsa Brava, that runs up over fifteen feet high, only for the highly skilled and highly adventurous. In November and December are supposed to be the best months for top surfing on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, but all the way to March outstanding surf can be found on the beaches in and around Puerto Viejo. November through April, Puerto Viejo is crowded with surfers.
Excursions into the indigenous reserves are a notable attraction to be found in Puerto Viejo, as well as a visit to the notable local botanical garden, or travel to the popular Bocas del Toro off the coast of Panama. Hiking, rafting, surfing lessons, quad rentals, rapelling, horseback riding, as well as snorkeling, dolphin watching tours, and diving excursions can all be arranged for this spectacular caribbean water destination.
Expats residing in the area provide variety and flavor to the town with their local bistros and delis that sit alongside the typical Costa Rican moderately priced restaurants along the main road and beachfront. There’s accommodations for every price range in Puerto Viejo, with a wide range of cabinas, lodges, guest houses, and hotels to choose from. On peak weekends, accommodations are impossible to find due to the crowds that throng there to party.
Summary: Vibrant Caribbean culture- white and black sand beaches
Landscape: Beaches, rainforest
Attractions: Caribbean culture, secluded beaches
Activities: Chocolate tours, indigenous tours, scuba diving, surfing. Dolphin/turtle watching tours
Caters to: Budget travelers, couples/honeymooners, families, independent travelers, surfers