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5 things to do in Puerto Viejo

5 things you must do in Puerto Viejo  I usually get asked what to do when visiting Puerto Viejo, so I figured I’d write this article and explain in a brief my top five recommendations of things to do in my hometown.  Rent a Beach Cruiser Rent a bicycle beach cruiser and cycle to manzanillo. Ride the road that follows the coast from Puerto Viejo to manzanillo and stop along the way visiting different beaches like Cocles and Punta Uva. Take your time to enjoy the great landscape and small hikes you can do on the different beaches. You can be adventurous and go snorkeling, ocean kayaking , paddle board and Surfing. Keep your eyes open for sloths, monkeys or tucanes which are common to see from the side of the road or on the beach. It's 14 km from Puerto Viejo to manzanillo which may sound like a lot but it's relatively flat, except for one Hill. Anybody can do this, unless you're in very bad shape.  Manzanillo is where the road ends, so from there on you will have to explore walking. Lock up your bikes and take a short hike to Manzanillo’s viewpoint. If you still feel like hiking south you will find lots of beaches along the path in the Gandoca Manzanillo Refuge. Cahuita National Park.  Cahuita National Park definitely had to be on this list. There's a trail that goes along the white sand Beach of the park. When you find the right spot throw out your towel and enjoy the beach, if you feel like you want to keep walking you will pass the lagoon and then you'll get to Punta Cahuita. If you still have energy you can keep hiking to the south end of the park Puerto Vargas. Because it's a national park this is the perfect place to see wildlife in its natural habitat, which I highly recommend before any other animals "shelter" or "sanctuary". To enter the park you'll just need to give a donation at the front entrance and you'll have access to go explore as much as you'd like, however if your like to maximize your experience I'll recommend you getting a guided tour this way you see a lot more animals than you'll see on your own and learn lots more, but it's not necessary. If your just spending your day on the beach or just interested in hiking the trails you'll be fine on your own. Chauita has the biggest coral reef in Costa Rica and it's going to be the best place to go snorkeling.  For conservation purposes the park policy demand you'll go with a local guide and snorkel in the areas designated for tourist.  Cahuita is definitely a must visit. The town has a different vibe to it as well, more "tranquilo" with it's afro-caribbean culture you'll definitely enjoy your days at Cahuita.   Bribri  After a 25 minute drive away from the cost you arrive at the small city of Bribri a place that most tourist won’t visit. Bribri is the main town of the Talamanca region and its home to rural farmers and Bribri Indigenous community. As it's deeper inland it has different terrain, culture and economy than the touristy coastal towns. It's important to mention that the town of Bribri is not the only one in the Bribri reserve, you'll find several different communities along the Panama border line Sixaola River and its tributaries. A very interesting community with very sinek landscape I recommend you visit is Yorkin, travel up River in a dugout boat and go back in time. Share and learn with families about their still authentic way of living. See how organic farming is just farming for them, how they get from nature all the materials to build their houses and school. Learn the real process of how chocolate is made. You'll also learn about all the medical plants and spices they have in their backyard. The families have small lodging options if you're interested in maximize your time and learning experience. But you can also get a great experience with a one day visits as well.  There is other interesting options in the reserve with a little bit easier access by car or a short hike where you can also learn and have a cultural expires. There is waterfalls you can visit, chocolate tours, iguana conservation program and organic farming…… Overall it's on this list because it's a unique place with lots to offer. It's the less developed region in Costa Rica making it very different than what you'll see anywhere else you travel. Food: We all need to eat and most of us love eating. One of the fun parts of traveling is tasting new flavors, sitting down with your travel buddy or maybe with a new friend and enjoy life.  The south Caribbean of Costa Rica has a unique way of preparing their food different than the rest of Costa Rica, this is why I definitely had to include it on this list. The food experience will be totally different here than anyway else in the country.  The most popular dish is called "Rice and Beans", just like you read, this is not a translation. The Caribbean food has a big influence from Jamaican culture that were brought down 100 years ago to build the railroad and settled along the coast using coconuts as the base for their food.  Rice and beans is different than the typical "casado dish" you'll find in the rest of Costa Rica. It's more elaborated using coconut milk panamanian pepper and thyme, giving it a unique flavor. Typically served with plantains in the form of "patacones" a salad and the choice of your meat that can be caribbean chicken, fresh fish like a red snapper, shrimp or if in season a lobster.  The most popular street food is "paty" it's like an empanada, baked with filling of ground beef and tropical spices that can do great for a snack in between your main meals. Nowadays you can find vegetarian paty for those who prefer. There is great Caribbean food restaurants from Cahuita to Manzanillo.  Downtown Puerto Viejo I'll recommend you visit Lideas Place. In Punta Uva Selving Is the place to go and Maxi's is the famous Caribbean food restaurant in Manzanillo. But my personal favorite it Edith in Cahuita.  In Cahuita yo can also find the best paty a few blocks from the Natural park, just ask around it's a pretty well known spot. If your in Puerto Viejo you'll see several stands on the man street and there is one in front of Hotel Puerto Viejo I recommend going.  Social activities  Puerto Viejo es a place where there is always something going on. We that live here are fortunate to have the beaches and the natural beauty of the jungle surrounding us everyday. but there's more to Puerto Viejo than just all the tourist activities. Living in a small town brings people closer and makes random activities like the Green market on Saturday morning a social event. Tourist and locals go get the fruits and vegetables for the week plus different organic and free trade products. besides all the natural goods you can also find some local art and some great pastry for your breakfast. Get some "pipas" and you'll have a refreshing morning.  I find the afternoon is one of my favorite times of the day. Lost of people go get some coffee or gelato. Some go hang out at town, Cocles or Salsa Brava and enjoy the sunset and play sports like surfing, soccer and volleyball.  Puerto Viejo is big on yoga so ask your hotel if they include a session or where they recommend going.  And if you feel like going all out the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down.  Puerto Viejo is known for its around the clock fun. The local bars offer live music, beachfront drinks, and dancing every night of the week.  It is a good idea to ask your hotel or hostel where the party is at on any given evening-- sometimes you will have to wait till late-night for the dancing to really start. Reggae and latin-dance music are the mainstays of the parties, and local bands are featured often, especially on the weekends.  5 things you must do in Puerto Viejo  I usually get asked what to do when visiting Puerto Viejo, so I figured I’d write this article and explain in a brief my top five recommendations of things to do in my hometown.  Rent a Beach Cruiser Rent a bicycle beach cruiser and cycle to manzanillo. Ride the road that follows the coast from Puerto Viejo to manzanillo and stop along the way visiting different beaches like Cocles and Punta Uva. Take your time to enjoy the great landscape and small hikes you can do on the different beaches. You can be adventurous and go snorkeling, ocean kayaking , paddle board and Surfing. Keep your eyes open for sloths, monkeys or tucanes which are common to see from the side of the road or on the beach. It's 14 km from Puerto Viejo to manzanillo which may sound like a lot but it's relatively flat, except for one Hill. Anybody can do this, unless you're in very bad shape.  Manzanillo is where the road ends, so from there on you will have to explore walking. Lock up your bikes and take a short hike to Manzanillo’s viewpoint. If you still feel like hiking south you will find lots of beaches along the path in the Gandoca Manzanillo Refuge. Cahuita National Park.  Cahuita National Park definitely had to be on this list. There's a trail that goes along the white sand Beach of the park. When you find the right spot throw out your towel and enjoy the beach, if you feel like you want to keep walking you will pass the lagoon and then you'll get to Punta Cahuita. If you still have energy you can keep hiking to the south end of the park Puerto Vargas. Because it's a national park this is the perfect place to see wildlife in its natural habitat, which I highly recommend before any other animals "shelter" or "sanctuary". To enter the park you'll just need to give a donation at the front entrance and you'll have access to go explore as much as you'd like, however if your like to maximize your experience I'll recommend you getting a guided tour this way you see a lot more animals than you'll see on your own and learn lots more, but it's not necessary. If your just spending your day on the beach or just interested in hiking the trails you'll be fine on your own. Chauita has the biggest coral reef in Costa Rica and it's going to be the best place to go snorkeling.  For conservation purposes the park policy demand you'll go with a local guide and snorkel in the areas designated for tourist.  Cahuita is definitely a must visit. The town has a different vibe to it as well, more "tranquilo" with it's afro-caribbean culture you'll definitely enjoy your days at Cahuita.   Bribri  After a 25 minute drive away from the cost you arrive at the small city of Bribri a place that most tourist won’t visit. Bribri is the main town of the Talamanca region and its home to rural farmers and Bribri Indigenous community. As it's deeper inland it has different terrain, culture and economy than the touristy coastal towns. It's important to mention that the town of Bribri is not the only one in the Bribri reserve, you'll find several different communities along the Panama border line Sixaola River and its tributaries. A very interesting community with very sinek landscape I recommend you visit is Yorkin, travel up River in a dugout boat and go back in time. Share and learn with families about their still authentic way of living. See how organic farming is just farming for them, how they get from nature all the materials to build their houses and school. Learn the real process of how chocolate is made. You'll also learn about all the medical plants and spices they have in their backyard. The families have small lodging options if you're interested in maximize your time and learning experience. But you can also get a great experience with a one day visits as well.  There is other interesting options in the reserve with a little bit easier access by car or a short hike where you can also learn and have a cultural expires. There is waterfalls you can visit, chocolate tours, iguana conservation program and organic farming…… Overall it's on this list because it's a unique place with lots to offer. It's the less developed region in Costa Rica making it very different than what you'll see anywhere else you travel. Food: We all need to eat and most of us love eating. One of the fun parts of traveling is tasting new flavors, sitting down with your travel buddy or maybe with a new friend and enjoy life.  The south Caribbean of Costa Rica has a unique way of preparing their food different than the rest of Costa Rica, this is why I definitely had to include it on this list. The food experience will be totally different here than anyway else in the country.  The most popular dish is called "Rice and Beans", just like you read, this is not a translation. The Caribbean food has a big influence from Jamaican culture that were brought down 100 years ago to build the railroad and settled along the coast using coconuts as the base for their food.  Rice and beans is different than the typical "casado dish" you'll find in the rest of Costa Rica. It's more elaborated using coconut milk panamanian pepper and thyme, giving it a unique flavor. Typically served with plantains in the form of "patacones" a salad and the choice of your meat that can be caribbean chicken, fresh fish like a red snapper, shrimp or if in season a lobster.  The most popular street food is "paty" it's like an empanada, baked with filling of ground beef and tropical spices that can do great for a snack in between your main meals. Nowadays you can find vegetarian paty for those who prefer. There is great Caribbean food restaurants from Cahuita to Manzanillo.  Downtown Puerto Viejo I'll recommend you visit Lideas Place. In Punta Uva Selving Is the place to go and Maxi's is the famous Caribbean food restaurant in Manzanillo. But my personal favorite it Edith in Cahuita.  In Cahuita yo can also find the best paty a few blocks from the Natural park, just ask around it's a pretty well known spot. If your in Puerto Viejo you'll see several stands on the man street and there is one in front of Hotel Puerto Viejo I recommend going.  Social activities  Puerto Viejo es a place where there is always something going on. We that live here are fortunate to have the beaches and the natural beauty of the jungle surrounding us everyday. but there's more to Puerto Viejo than just all the tourist activities. Living in a small town brings people closer and makes random activities like the Green market on Saturday morning a social event. Tourist and locals go get the fruits and vegetables for the week plus different organic and free trade products. besides all the natural goods you can also find some local art and some great pastry for your breakfast. Get some "pipas" and you'll have a refreshing morning.  I find the afternoon is one of my favorite times of the day. Lost of people go get some coffee or gelato. Some go hang out at town, Cocles or Salsa Brava and enjoy the sunset and play sports like surfing, soccer and volleyball.  Puerto Viejo is big on yoga so ask your hotel if they include a session or where they recommend going.  And if you feel like going all out the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down.  Puerto Viejo is known for its around the clock fun. The local bars offer live music, beachfront drinks, and dancing every night of the week.  It is a good idea to ask your hotel or hostel where the party is at on any given evening-- sometimes you will have to wait till late-night for the dancing to really start. Reggae and latin-dance music are the mainstays of the parties, and local bands are featured often, especially on the weekend
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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5 things you must do in Puerto Viejo  I usually get asked what to do when visiting Puerto Viejo, so I figured I’d write this article and explain in a brief my top five recommendations of things to do in my hometown.  Rent a Beach Cruiser Rent a bicycle beach cruiser and cycle to manzanillo. Ride the road that follows the coast from Puerto Viejo to manzanillo and stop along the way visiting different beaches like Cocles and Punta Uva. Take your time to enjoy the great landscape and small hikes you can do on the different beaches. You can be adventurous and go snorkeling, ocean kayaking , paddle board and Surfing. Keep your eyes open for sloths, monkeys or tucanes which are common to see from the side of the road or on the beach. It's 14 km from Puerto Viejo to manzanillo which may sound like a lot but it's relatively flat, except for one Hill. Anybody can do this, unless you're in very bad shape.  Manzanillo is where the road ends, so from there on you will have to explore walking. Lock up your bikes and take a short hike to Manzanillo’s viewpoint. If you still feel like hiking south you will find lots of beaches along the path in the Gandoca Manzanillo Refuge. Cahuita National Park.  Cahuita National Park definitely had to be on this list. There's a trail that goes along the white sand Beach of the park. When you find the right spot throw out your towel and enjoy the beach, if you feel like you want to keep walking you will pass the lagoon and then you'll get to Punta Cahuita. If you still have energy you can keep hiking to the south end of the park Puerto Vargas. Because it's a national park this is the perfect place to see wildlife in its natural habitat, which I highly recommend before any other animals "shelter" or "sanctuary". To enter the park you'll just need to give a donation at the front entrance and you'll have access to go explore as much as you'd like, however if your like to maximize your experience I'll recommend you getting a guided tour this way you see a lot more animals than you'll see on your own and learn lots more, but it's not necessary. If your just spending your day on the beach or just interested in hiking the trails you'll be fine on your own. Chauita has the biggest coral reef in Costa Rica and it's going to be the best place to go snorkeling.  For conservation purposes the park policy demand you'll go with a local guide and snorkel in the areas designated for tourist.  Cahuita is definitely a must visit. The town has a different vibe to it as well, more "tranquilo" with it's afro-caribbean culture you'll definitely enjoy your days at Cahuita.   Bribri  After a 25 minute drive away from the cost you arrive at the small city of Bribri a place that most tourist won’t visit. Bribri is the main town of the Talamanca region and its home to rural farmers and Bribri Indigenous community. As it's deeper inland it has different terrain, culture and economy than the touristy coastal towns. It's important to mention that the town of Bribri is not the only one in the Bribri reserve, you'll find several different communities along the Panama border line Sixaola River and its tributaries. A very interesting community with very sinek landscape I recommend you visit is Yorkin, travel up River in a dugout boat and go back in time. Share and learn with families about their still authentic way of living. See how organic farming is just farming for them, how they get from nature all the materials to build their houses and school. Learn the real process of how chocolate is made. You'll also learn about all the medical plants and spices they have in their backyard. The families have small lodging options if you're interested in maximize your time and learning experience. But you can also get a great experience with a one day visits as well.  There is other interesting options in the reserve with a little bit easier access by car or a short hike where you can also learn and have a cultural expires. There is waterfalls you can visit, chocolate tours, iguana conservation program and organic farming…… Overall it's on this list because it's a unique place with lots to offer. It's the less developed region in Costa Rica making it very different than what you'll see anywhere else you travel. Food: We all need to eat and most of us love eating. One of the fun parts of traveling is tasting new flavors, sitting down with your travel buddy or maybe with a new friend and enjoy life.  The south Caribbean of Costa Rica has a unique way of preparing their food different than the rest of Costa Rica, this is why I definitely had to include it on this list. The food experience will be totally different here than anyway else in the country.  The most popular dish is called "Rice and Beans", just like you read, this is not a translation. The Caribbean food has a big influence from Jamaican culture that were brought down 100 years ago to build the railroad and settled along the coast using coconuts as the base for their food.  Rice and beans is different than the typical "casado dish" you'll find in the rest of Costa Rica. It's more elaborated using coconut milk panamanian pepper and thyme, giving it a unique flavor. Typically served with plantains in the form of "patacones" a salad and the choice of your meat that can be caribbean chicken, fresh fish like a red snapper, shrimp or if in season a lobster.  The most popular street food is "paty" it's like an empanada, baked with filling of ground beef and tropical spices that can do great for a snack in between your main meals. Nowadays you can find vegetarian paty for those who prefer. There is great Caribbean food restaurants from Cahuita to Manzanillo.  Downtown Puerto Viejo I'll recommend you visit Lideas Place. In Punta Uva Selving Is the place to go and Maxi's is the famous Caribbean food restaurant in Manzanillo. But my personal favorite it Edith in Cahuita.  In Cahuita yo can also find the best paty a few blocks from the Natural park, just ask around it's a pretty well known spot. If your in Puerto Viejo you'll see several stands on the man street and there is one in front of Hotel Puerto Viejo I recommend going.  Social activities  Puerto Viejo es a place where there is always something going on. We that live here are fortunate to have the beaches and the natural beauty of the jungle surrounding us everyday. but there's more to Puerto Viejo than just all the tourist activities. Living in a small town brings people closer and makes random activities like the Green market on Saturday morning a social event. Tourist and locals go get the fruits and vegetables for the week plus different organic and free trade products. besides all the natural goods you can also find some local art and some great pastry for your breakfast. Get some "pipas" and you'll have a refreshing morning.  I find the afternoon is one of my favorite times of the day. Lost of people go get some coffee or gelato. Some go hang out at town, Cocles or Salsa Brava and enjoy the sunset and play sports like surfing, soccer and volleyball.  Puerto Viejo is big on yoga so ask your hotel if they include a session or where they recommend going.  And if you feel like going all out the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down.  Puerto Viejo is known for its around the clock fun. The local bars offer live music, beachfront drinks, and dancing every night of the week.  It is a good idea to ask your hotel or hostel where the party is at on any given evening-- sometimes you will have to wait till late-night for the dancing to really start. Reggae and latin-dance music are the mainstays of the parties, and local bands are featured often, especially on the weekends.  5 things you must do in Puerto Viejo  I usually get asked what to do when visiting Puerto Viejo, so I figured I’d write this article and explain in a brief my top five recommendations of things to do in my hometown.  Rent a Beach Cruiser Rent a bicycle beach cruiser and cycle to manzanillo. Ride the road that follows the coast from Puerto Viejo to manzanillo and stop along the way visiting different beaches like Cocles and Punta Uva. Take your time to enjoy the great landscape and small hikes you can do on the different beaches. You can be adventurous and go snorkeling, ocean kayaking , paddle board and Surfing. Keep your eyes open for sloths, monkeys or tucanes which are common to see from the side of the road or on the beach. It's 14 km from Puerto Viejo to manzanillo which may sound like a lot but it's relatively flat, except for one Hill. Anybody can do this, unless you're in very bad shape.  Manzanillo is where the road ends, so from there on you will have to explore walking. Lock up your bikes and take a short hike to Manzanillo’s viewpoint. If you still feel like hiking south you will find lots of beaches along the path in the Gandoca Manzanillo Refuge. Cahuita National Park.  Cahuita National Park definitely had to be on this list. There's a trail that goes along the white sand Beach of the park. When you find the right spot throw out your towel and enjoy the beach, if you feel like you want to keep walking you will pass the lagoon and then you'll get to Punta Cahuita. If you still have energy you can keep hiking to the south end of the park Puerto Vargas. Because it's a national park this is the perfect place to see wildlife in its natural habitat, which I highly recommend before any other animals "shelter" or "sanctuary". To enter the park you'll just need to give a donation at the front entrance and you'll have access to go explore as much as you'd like, however if your like to maximize your experience I'll recommend you getting a guided tour this way you see a lot more animals than you'll see on your own and learn lots more, but it's not necessary. If your just spending your day on the beach or just interested in hiking the trails you'll be fine on your own. Chauita has the biggest coral reef in Costa Rica and it's going to be the best place to go snorkeling.  For conservation purposes the park policy demand you'll go with a local guide and snorkel in the areas designated for tourist.  Cahuita is definitely a must visit. The town has a different vibe to it as well, more "tranquilo" with it's afro-caribbean culture you'll definitely enjoy your days at Cahuita.   Bribri  After a 25 minute drive away from the cost you arrive at the small city of Bribri a place that most tourist won’t visit. Bribri is the main town of the Talamanca region and its home to rural farmers and Bribri Indigenous community. As it's deeper inland it has different terrain, culture and economy than the touristy coastal towns. It's important to mention that the town of Bribri is not the only one in the Bribri reserve, you'll find several different communities along the Panama border line Sixaola River and its tributaries. A very interesting community with very sinek landscape I recommend you visit is Yorkin, travel up River in a dugout boat and go back in time. Share and learn with families about their still authentic way of living. See how organic farming is just farming for them, how they get from nature all the materials to build their houses and school. Learn the real process of how chocolate is made. You'll also learn about all the medical plants and spices they have in their backyard. The families have small lodging options if you're interested in maximize your time and learning experience. But you can also get a great experience with a one day visits as well.  There is other interesting options in the reserve with a little bit easier access by car or a short hike where you can also learn and have a cultural expires. There is waterfalls you can visit, chocolate tours, iguana conservation program and organic farming…… Overall it's on this list because it's a unique place with lots to offer. It's the less developed region in Costa Rica making it very different than what you'll see anywhere else you travel. Food: We all need to eat and most of us love eating. One of the fun parts of traveling is tasting new flavors, sitting down with your travel buddy or maybe with a new friend and enjoy life.  The south Caribbean of Costa Rica has a unique way of preparing their food different than the rest of Costa Rica, this is why I definitely had to include it on this list. The food experience will be totally different here than anyway else in the country.  The most popular dish is called "Rice and Beans", just like you read, this is not a translation. The Caribbean food has a big influence from Jamaican culture that were brought down 100 years ago to build the railroad and settled along the coast using coconuts as the base for their food.  Rice and beans is different than the typical "casado dish" you'll find in the rest of Costa Rica. It's more elaborated using coconut milk panamanian pepper and thyme, giving it a unique flavor. Typically served with plantains in the form of "patacones" a salad and the choice of your meat that can be caribbean chicken, fresh fish like a red snapper, shrimp or if in season a lobster.  The most popular street food is "paty" it's like an empanada, baked with filling of ground beef and tropical spices that can do great for a snack in between your main meals. Nowadays you can find vegetarian paty for those who prefer. There is great Caribbean food restaurants from Cahuita to Manzanillo.  Downtown Puerto Viejo I'll recommend you visit Lideas Place. In Punta Uva Selving Is the place to go and Maxi's is the famous Caribbean food restaurant in Manzanillo. But my personal favorite it Edith in Cahuita.  In Cahuita yo can also find the best paty a few blocks from the Natural park, just ask around it's a pretty well known spot. If your in Puerto Viejo you'll see several stands on the man street and there is one in front of Hotel Puerto Viejo I recommend going.  Social activities  Puerto Viejo es a place where there is always something going on. We that live here are fortunate to have the beaches and the natural beauty of the jungle surrounding us everyday. but there's more to Puerto Viejo than just all the tourist activities. Living in a small town brings people closer and makes random activities like the Green market on Saturday morning a social event. Tourist and locals go get the fruits and vegetables for the week plus different organic and free trade products. besides all the natural goods you can also find some local art and some great pastry for your breakfast. Get some "pipas" and you'll have a refreshing morning.  I find the afternoon is one of my favorite times of the day. Lost of people go get some coffee or gelato. Some go hang out at town, Cocles or Salsa Brava and enjoy the sunset and play sports like surfing, soccer and volleyball.  Puerto Viejo is big on yoga so ask your hotel if they include a session or where they recommend going.  And if you feel like going all out the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down.  Puerto Viejo is known for its around the clock fun. The local bars offer live music, beachfront drinks, and dancing every night of the week.  It is a good idea to ask your hotel or hostel where the party is at on any given evening-- sometimes you will have to wait till late-night for the dancing to really start. Reggae and latin-dance music are the mainstays of the parties, and local bands are featured often, especially on the weekend