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Puerto Viejo Activities

Vacation in Puerto Viejo is a delicate balance between sunshine and starlight, sunburns and hangovers. Wake up early and catch the incoming tide along the beach breaks at Playa Cocles for big swells with fast-breaking lefts and rights, or leave it to the professionals and bathe in a tide pool while watching some of the world's best surfers tackle the monster barrels and powerful waves of Salsa Brava.

Puerto Viejo's more than just sun and sand though, it's immersed among rich cacao forests where chocolatiers make their own chocolate bars from freshly harvested cacao beans –grown, dried, roasted and processed all on the farm. Trek through the rainforest of the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge or hike through the Talamanca Mountains in search of waterfalls inside the Kekoldi and Bribri reservations and Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve. Off the coast, divers and snorkelers will find a whole other kind of forest beneath the Caribbean Sea; a coral forest filled with bright colorful sponges, reef, sea fans and tunicates, each hiding its own array of marine life from minnows to eels, lobsters to lion fish. Adventures off the coast of Punta Mona include dolphin watching and fishing.

Adventure

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Horseback ride on the Puerto Viejo coast

Ride along the coast with Raul, a Puerto Viejo local, and his crew of reliable horses. Raul's watched as his town's converted from a quiet, rural beach community to an enticing tropical getaway, a story he's more than happy to share with eager travelers on this relaxing two- to three-hour tour... Read More

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Jungle Adventure Canopy and Rappel

Descend into the lower hills of the Talamanca Mountains by zip line, trek through the forest and rappel into Carbon Canyon for a full-day adventure on Puerto Viejo's only canopy tour... Read More

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Whitewater Rafting the Pacuare River

The Pacuare River is often considered one of the world's best whitewater rafting destinations, known for its warm waters, dazzling rainforest, colorful wildlife and immense canyon walls. But an excursion down the Pacuare is more than just a rafting trip, it's a glimpse back through time; a journey that reveals Costa Rica's development from the primordial rainforest to thriving urban centers connected by a series of bridges dating back more than a hundred years... Read More

Culinary

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Caribeans chocolate forest experience

Like a fine wine, each batch of chocolate has its own vintage at Caribeans in Puerto Viejo. Join Owners Jeff and Paul for the future of tree-to-bar, micro batch chocolate on a tour of their cacao farm in the hills above Playa Cocles. Enjoy a chocolate tasting of selected chocolates from the region's cacao producers while learning how to make the world's most popular candy... Read More

Family-Friendly

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Cahuita National Park snorkeling and hiking

The seafloor off the coast of Cahuita is as much a jungle as the rainforest, a coral forest of alien shapes and colors hiding bizarre creatures, tropical fish and crustaceans; home to sting rays, octopus and nurse sharks. Snorkeling and hiking tours through Cahuita National Park reveal both sides of this forest, above and below sea level... Read More

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Caribeans chocolate forest experience

Like a fine wine, each batch of chocolate has its own vintage at Caribeans in Puerto Viejo. Join Owners Jeff and Paul for the future of tree-to-bar, micro batch chocolate on a tour of their cacao farm in the hills above Playa Cocles. Enjoy a chocolate tasting of selected chocolates from the region's cacao producers while learning how to make the world's most popular candy... Read More

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Kekoldi Reservation Hike

It's one thing to walk through the rainforest and witness the massive tree trunks and dense canopy, but it's another thing to know the rainforest. Join a guided tour with a Kekoldi native and unravel the rainforest, learn to see the rainforest as a garden filled with fruit and medicinal herbs, home to all manner of creatures from frogs the size of fingernails to two-toed sloths lumbering between branches... Read More

Leisure

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Caribeans chocolate forest experience

Like a fine wine, each batch of chocolate has its own vintage at Caribeans in Puerto Viejo. Join Owners Jeff and Paul for the future of tree-to-bar, micro batch chocolate on a tour of their cacao farm in the hills above Playa Cocles. Enjoy a chocolate tasting of selected chocolates from the region's cacao producers while learning how to make the world's most popular candy... Read More

Nature

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Horseback ride on the Puerto Viejo coast

Ride along the coast with Raul, a Puerto Viejo local, and his crew of reliable horses. Raul's watched as his town's converted from a quiet, rural beach community to an enticing tropical getaway, a story he's more than happy to share with eager travelers on this relaxing two- to three-hour tour... Read More

Main Activites in Puerto Viejo

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Puerto Viejo Weather

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Puerto Viejo Tides

Friday, July 19, 2019
High 1:32 a.m. 0.56 ft. (0.17 m.)
Low 9:06 a.m. -0.62 ft. (-0.19 m.)
High 4:12 p.m. 0.13 ft. (0.04 m.)
Low 7:09 p.m. 0.07 ft. (0.02 m.)

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