So, what are the best things to do in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica? Will you stick to the beach and go surfing, take a food tour, or even use the town as a launchpad for an incredible overnight trip? Let’s take a look!
The southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is renowned for its beautiful beaches and culture, and the small town of Puerto Viejo does not disappoint. You’ll find white sand beaches, delicious Costa Rican food, and nights that explode with reggae music. Puerto Viejo is a fantastic place to visit.
Top Things to do in Puerto Viejo De Talamanca
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a coastal town on the southeast shores of Costa Rica located on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. This guide will cover the very best things to do in Puerto Viejo. Whether you want nature, adventure, culinary experiences, or culture, these top things to do in Puerto Viejo will keep you entertained.
The drive from San Jose to Costa Rica is nearly two hours. You can book a private transfer directly to your accommodation, or you can take the more affordable shuttle service. It takes longer but is much more affordable.
1. Take a food tour or cooking lesson
Food is a highlight of any trip to Puerto Viejo. A Guided tour around the Puerto Viejo restaurants and cooking lessons at local chef’s houses are brilliant ways to experience Costa Rican cuisine. Small restaurants (aka ‘sodas’) are packed with traditional dishes to sample. You can either learn to cook the dishes yourself or bounce around on a tasting escapade to all the best locally known spots.
This Tasting Costa Rica Tour combines two tours in one. Starting with wildlife viewing and ending with a cooking class to sample local food.
Must-try dishes include Gallo pinto, olla de Carne, and Casado. Caribbean chicken (Pollo Caribeno) is also tasty if you get the chance to try it, and the dish is flavored with sweet coconut milk. You are sure to sample some dishes that you’ll want to try again at home.
You can easily book a guided tour or cooking lesson online. If you are only visiting for a few days or during peak season, we’d recommend booking in advance. Saying that cooking lessons are perfect rainy-day activities, which is something to keep in mind if you face a day of bad weather.
2. Party in Downtown Puerto Viejo Costa Rica
Puerto Viejo has an exciting entertainment scene and one of the best things to do in Puerto Viejo is to experience its nightlife. Downtown Puerto Viejo is where you’ll find a…