Sometimes the best trips are the ones that you just go with the flow with zero plans on where you are going to sleep, eat or be. The goal is to get there and figure it out as the day passes. Sounds relaxing, right? Well it is…
Usually I like to plan my travels to get an idea of what my trip is going to look like, but this wasn’t the case for Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. My friend Camila and I just decided to go and see what happens… So we did and everything turned out amazing!
Costa Rica is a destination to go without a plan. There are so many adventures out there that actually planning your trip might spoil the entire trip. When in Costa Rica, take risks!
What to See & Do?
- Sloth Sanctuary in Cahuita town
- Playa Negra
- Museo del Oro in San Jose
- Volcan Irasú
- Ruinas de Cartago
- Port of Limón
- Playa Cocles
Where to Eat?
- Mopri Restaurant - Where locals dine every night! A must go for seafood lovers.
- Ghetto Girl - A delicious restaurant located at the beginning of Puerto Viejo town. There’s no menu, just a maximum of three dishes per day that the owner cooks for her customers. The restaurant specializes in Costa Rica’s cuisine and its well known for the amazing smoothies they prepare!
- Tasty Waves
- The Bakery
- Pan Pay
Where to Stay?
- If you are looking for something easy breezy where all the town happenings are, choose Cabinas Larry. A very nice hostel available for $28 per night! It offers free breakfast for guests every morning.
- Casa Caribe - An Airbnb find so worth the stay! Casa Caribe is a two-floor little house with three bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen and WiFi. Alex, the host, was amazing throughout all our stay!
Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica Tips
- Have Gallo Pinto for breakfast! This is Costa Rica’s signature breakfast. Locals love it and you will too!
- They accept US dollars in Costa Rica! No need to change your cash, but expect to receive colones for change.
- Do not stay in San Jose, choose hotel accommodations in Heredia instead. During our visit, we stayed at the Wyndham Hotel and Hotel Bougainvillea.
- Bring a raincoat & umbrella! A must. The weather in Costa Rica can be very spontaneous and tricky.
- Avoid getting lost and download the Waze App for directions in Costa Rica. Do not expect clear directions in this country. For some crazy reason a defined address system is not developed to the fullest.
- When in Costa Rica, you must Zip Line throughout the jungle! You’ll see a great variety of monkeys, sloths, insects and birds in the Costa Rica jungle. An must-do experience! Make sure to bring insect repellant for this activity.
- To be able to deeply explore every corner of Costa Rica, I recommend renting a car. With this in mind, you are able to stop whenever you want to admire the multiple beaches Costa Rica has to offer and other attractions along the road from San Jose to Puerto Viejo.
- Finally…. just go with the flow! Costa Rica is the place to get truly lost and admire your surroundings. Pura Vida!