Travelers have no problem getting to know Puerto Viejo, a coastal harbor that is bustling with young life, parties, surfers and eccentrics. At this beautiful beach paradise, everyone will find something to do and great people to do it with. From surfing to swimming, tanning to partying, this beach has it all condensed in one beautiful green package with brilliant blue waters just off the shore and a thriving population of tourists and locals that make one feel right at home.
To give you a sense of some of the great things you might find yourself doing in Puerto Viejo, we put together a list of some of the favorite activities that draw people to the area. It is important that in between the surfing and yoga, sightseeing and hiking that one leaves time to relax and stroll the pristine coast that traverses the length of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, because that is where one will get the best taste for local life!
Surf the World Renowned Salsa Brava
Puerto Viejo is home to some of the best surfing waves in the world, and it would be a grave injustice to write about the seaside village and not mention and recommend taking a surf lesson here. There are many reputable surf companies offering instruction and guides for inexperienced and expert surfers alike. If you’re new to the sport, we definitely recommend taking a lesson since the waves can get serious, and even experienced surfers might benefit from being shown the best spots for killer waves. We really think that everyone should get some experience with Puerto Viejo’s surfer culture.
Learn to Dive in the Caribbean
Puerto Viejo is a hidden gem in terms of diving and snorkeling opportunities, because this activity is so often overshadowed by the amazing surfing and lounging one can do. This is a pity, because the area features some amazing underwater wildlife and ecosystems. The tropical waters of the Caribbean near Puerto Viejo are an amazing breeding ground for a myriad of fish and plant species. Whether you are an experienced diver or a dive novice, the dive companies in Puerto Viejo have a package perfect for you!
Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center
One of the most unique experiences you can have in Puerto Viejo is that of visiting the nearby Jaguar rescue center. This is one of only a few such centers in the world concerned solely with rehabilitating and saving jaguars in nature. You can even extend your experience by volunteering with the center! Find more information at the Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center website.
Get a Taste of Authentic Costa Rican Coffee on a Coffee Tasting Tour
With fresh, local coffee good enough for even the most sophisticated palates, there’s no better place to go on a coffee tasting than in the country most famous for its amazing coffee beans. Take advantage of the location to tour one of the many coffee roasters in Porto Viejo. Visitors to the coffee roasters got to sample from many different single origin beans, learn about the delicate and precise growing process, and can even take some local coffee beans home! This is a great way to break up your trips to the beach with a bit of elegance and class. Even kids can enjoy the experience because most tours offer tastes of locally made chocolate as well!