Located on the Caribbean side of the country, Puerto Viejo is a one-road town with NO chains (restaurants, lodging, etc). The locals speak a mixture of Spanish, English, and Afro-caribbean languages. It’s very laid-back here. My suggestions: 1) rent a bike and ride to Cahuita National Park (pay for a local guide to help point out the howler monkeys and sloths), 2) go surfing (check out Aventuras Bravas for surf lessons), 3) go take a Caribbean cooking lesson from a local in a program designed to help women improve their lives, and 4) most importantly, EAT! There are so many great little restaurants in PV, my favorites being Bread and Chocolate and el Chile Rojo. Rockin’ J’s is the hostel of choice for most (rent a tent, a hammock, a room, or even a tree house). Even if you don’t stay there, go visit just to see the place. It’s composed almost entirely of a huge tile mosaic and their restaurant has great food too. If you’re lucky like me, you might get to watch a sloth travel from tree to tree down the main (and only paved) road. You can get here by bys, but the best way to travel is to go whitewater rafting on the Pacuare. The company will pick you up in San José and transfer you to PV at the end of the day for no extra charge.
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