The Caribbean coast has been a hot spot for some time now, But with an improvement in accessibility, there’s been an increase in visitors looking to dive into the Caribbean experience! We’ve created a list of our tried and true favorites for those looking to have a more local experience during your stay.
For the traveler on a budget…
Soda Las Olas is a pit stop for every traveler or beach goer looking for local cuisine that won’t break the bank. The menu includes everything from rice and beans to vegan bowls, and made to order with quick service and good vibes. After catching some sun (or waves) at Cocles beach, be sure to stop by for a quick (and delicious) bite!
For the traveler looking to wine and dine…
Cafe Viejo is one of the longest standing restaurants in Puerto Viejo, celebrating 20 years in business. While you won’t find Caribbean dishes on the menu, you’ll find some of the most delicious plates and drinks straight from Italy. It truly feels like you're enjoying the best of both worlds, where tropical meets fine dining!
Those looking for the weekly hot spot…
Afro chill at Chaman Mercadito is the place to be Sunday night! With a modern and tropical aesthetic, this beautiful restaurant/bar is located right in front of the beach right in the heart of Puerto Viejo. With DJ Garf spinning the best of afro beats Sunday nights, this is an event not to be missed. Remember to pack your dancing shoes, because this event will have you grooving until sunrise.
Those looking for a more chill vibe…
Salsa Brava Beach Bar is one of the most famous locations in Puerto Viejo. Positioned within perfect view of the famous Salsa Brava wave, you can stop by any time of the day for chill vibes and a perfect view of surfers at Salsa when the waves are firing. Be sure to stop by on Tuesday nights if you're in the mood to dance!
Proximity and comfort a must?
Casa Böhö is a beautiful two story bed and breakfast located just within an arm’s reach of town. The property is surrounded by lust jungle that gives you the feel of being in a tropical paradise, all within a 3 minute walk from the center. The rooms have a minimalist, clean feel, with Bamboo details and a bohemian chic aesthetic. Whether you’re traveling solo or with a friend, Boho will feel like a beautiful tropical oasis.
Looking for a place for the whole family, and close access to the beach?
La Costa de Papito has been one of the most popular hotels in the area for quite some time! Situated in front of Cocles beach-a popular location to catch sunsets and waves, the hotel offers accommodations that will bring comfort and a sense of home to the whole family. The hotel also hosts both it's own private spa, where you can pencil in self care time during your stay. Hungry? the first and most popular Indian Restaurant in the region, Curry Kingdom is also on site!
Those looking for the perfect Caribbean outfit…
Samoa Boutique is a must for any traveler passing through Puerto Viejo. This beautiful boutique has handmade clothing that celebrates all beauty, and will have you feeling your most beautiful self once the clothing hits your skin. You’ll walk out of Samoa with an entirely new wardrobe! The light, airy fabric feels so good on that you’ll start to wear the items whether you’re traveling or back home.
Those looking to bring a little piece of the Caribbean home...
Luna May prints are inspired by the culture of our town. The bright vivid prints of this shop represent everything from the beautiful coral reefs to the vibrant personalities and faces of the town. You’ll catch beautiful photos lining the shelves spotted with the people of the Puerto Viejo community as well!
Looking for more recommendations? Feel free to ask! Dm us on IG @saltyafrosurf or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Pura vida!