Your visit to Costa Rica will not be complete without a few days on the Caribbean coast. Puerto Viejo is located in the southern Caribbean and is the single most loved town on this side. It features crystal clear waters, clean beaches, and great nightlife.
Whether you want to lay on a private beach, snorkel along the tropical reef, or dance to reggae music all night, you will find something for everyone in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. The Caribbean side of Costa Rica is almost like a separate country. You really should spend at least a day or two here in a private bungalow at Escape Caribeño Hotel and eat some rice and beans made with coconut milk at Soda Elena’s.
There are many places to stay but don’t be fooled- you definitely need a reservation because places fill up quick. I know someone who couldn’t find a bed anywhere! The place I recommend is Escape Caribeño. It is the best place I have stayed in! Not only is it the best in Puerto Viejo, it is the best in the country in my opinion. And the host, Gloria, is wonderful! She maintains excellent gardens around the property. Ask her to show you around them. There are many sections: tropical flowers, tall old trees, orchids, carnivorous plants, and flowers that feed hummingbirds. Be sure to walk around with your camera!
The hotel is made up of private bungalows for the cost of a normal hotel room ($70-105). Each one comes with a porch and it’s own hammock! It’s a nice place to relax, set back from the noise of the town. Some bungalows have an ocean view and others are surrounded by their own intricate garden. There are huge trees and interesting statues on the way to a private path to the beach.
Inside each bungalow there is cable TV, air conditioning, and hot water -all of which are hard to find in the Caribbean. They also have a mini-fridge with drinks and snacks, wi-fi, a desk, candles, nice colored curtains that allow air to flow, a large closet, and a safe box. The materials used throughout the bungalow are high quality. The owners thought of every detail from eco-friendly cleaning supplies to mosquito nets to printed materials about emergency numbers and tour information. They have prepared a place that meets all of your privacy and comfort needs. Here at Escape Caribeño you will be so happy you won’t ever want to leave!
The location doesn’t get better! Both the ocean front and garden properties are secure with gates. Inside them you will hear nothing but ocean waves crashing and birds humming. You will be walking distance to the beach and the town. Everything you need is within 5 minutes. Great restaurants, hidden beaches, bike rentals, nightclubs, and souvenir shops are right there, yet your bungalow is set back from the street noise. The decorative details and lighting will make you feel a peace that’s only found in the best hotels of the tranquil tropical Caribbean.