We made our way from Bocas del Toro in Panama to Puerto Viejo.
Transport cost: 28 Dollars per person included the boat from Bocas del Toro (Panama), bus to the border (Costa Rica) and the bus from the border to Puerto Viejo.
From Bocas del Toro (Panama) we went to Puerto Viejo (Costa Rica). Then on the Isla Colon afer a 25 min boat ride there were a further few minutes bus ride and you were at the border to Costa Rica, which we then crossed on foot after successfully completing immigration. On the other side of the border we took a shuttle bus towards Puerto Viejo to our first destination in Costa Rica. After a little more than 3 hours and several banana plantations later we finally arrived in Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.
Puerto Viejo exudes a very comfortable and typical Caribbean atmosphere and is perfectly suited for surfing and feasting. You can find many hippies, dropouts, rastas, expatriates, backpackers etc who are adding to the special flair of the city. For those who desperately need action they are in the wrong place here. Although Puerto Viejo offers parties, it is more made to chill out.
Cabinas Jacaranda Double room €37
Our last night in Puerto Viejo we spent in a centrally located Cabana for €28 (I forgot the name)
The beach in Puerto Viejo isn’t really much of a looker, but only a few kilometres further you can find the Playa Chiquita, Cocles or Punta Uva. These beaches are typical Caribbean beaches with clear water, palm trees and kilometres of sand. Those that don’t have a car can rent a bike for 5 dollars per day. You can reach Playa Chiquita within 15-20 by bike.
In general you can eat really well in Puerto Viejo. There is an excellent culinary mix available due to the foreigners who have settled here and their inclination for good food. The different influences usually result in a fusion cuisine. Food at the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is often flavoursome and aromatic that that at the Pacific side and other parts of Latin America.
Bread & Chocolate Here you can get everything you can ask for a breakfast, fresh smoothies, fresh squeezed juices, pancakes, eggs and sandwiches for moderate prices. The atmosphere is very laid back and the service is great. It is definitely one of the better places to have breakfast in Latin America as getting a decent breakfast can be quite a challenge sometimes. At least these are my experiences since you usually I have to be content with Arepas and eggs.
Zion Cafe who likes to eat healthy delicious food should stop by at Zion Cafe. Here I had one of the best smoothies in Latin America. Apart from that you can get vegetarian dishes as well as a typical Caribbean jerk chicken. The mix between great service, a totally relaxed atmosphere and delicious healthy and spicy food make it totally worth visiting.Zion Cafe
Lazlo`s catch of the day is definitely my favourite restaurant in Costa Rica until now. The owner Lazlo an Italian goes out fishing with his friend everyday in the morning and serves “the catch of the day” from 6pm onwards i his restaurant. The served fish is very simply with just some olive oil and garlic prepared and come along some grilled vegetables and fries. The importances with these dishes is not necessarily the kind of preparation but the freshness of the ingredients. Depending on the catch you can get Mahi Mahi, Tuna ,Kingfish etc. It can also happen that all fish is completely reserved before even the first guests arrive.
In Puerto Viejo there are many little bars to have a beer or some cocktails. One of the most famous places is probably the Mango Sunset: Mago Sunset: Here you can listen to live music and sip on your drink. For many tourist and local commen meeting point. Even in front of the bar people gather and have a god time. We definitely spent a great night at Mango sunset.