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    Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

    July 11th, 2013

    2013-07-12_12h40_15Are you looking for a fun Costa Rican vacation that you’ll never forget? If so, then consider Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. This venue has so much to offer that it’s sure to be a favorite spot of absolutely anyone and everyone. Go there with the whole family and enjoy fun in the sun and memories to last a lifetime, or make it a party-hearty singles trip or a romantic couple’s getaway.

    You can even go by yourself for some much-needed peace and solitude. In fact, it doesn’treally matter how you go, just that you go! Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica is one of those places that everyone should see in his or her lifetime.
    Wet and Wild Fun!
    Do you enjoy being in the water? If you answered yes to that question, then you’ll love Puerto Viejo. The area is home to several beaches, including Salsa Brava, Manzanillo, Playa Cocles, and Cahuita.  Surfing is definitely a favorite pastime for locals and tourists alike, but beware—the waves are strong so only experienced surfers should give it a go. If you’re not a skilled surfer, don’t worry; there’s plenty for you to do! Take a dip, rent a sail boat, go diving, or just lie on the beach and soak up the warm rays.

    Explore Natural Beauty
    If it’s pretty flowers, exotic plants, and great photo-ops you’re after, you’ll want to check out Finca La Isla. This beautiful botanical garden features trees, plants, fruits, and more. You can enjoy treats and drinks made from products from the garden if you find yourself in need of refreshment. And, if you want an educational experience, take a guided tour or, for a more leisurely outing, just wander around and take in the sites. Keep your eyes peeled for wild animals however! Many visitors report seeing poison dart frogs, big lizards, sloths, and gorgeous tropical birds. Keep your camera handy so you can show all your friends the beautiful creatures you saw on your trip!
    Get Up Close and Personal with Animals
    If you don’t get your fill of exotic animals at Finca La Isla, check out the Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center. Though named for the jaguar, this non-profit rescue group takes in all kinds of animals and prepares them to be released back into the wild. That means there’s no telling what you’ll see; in fact, many tourists go back multiple times on their trips just to see what’s new at the center. Make sure you take the tour of the center; the best part of this tour is the part where you get to hang out with wild baby animals. Cuddle with a monkey, a sloth, or other animals that happen to be on the premises at the time. This is another trip for which you’ll want to bring your camera. You’ll definitely use it a lot, so stock up on the batteries or go for a full charge.

    Out and About
    Are you worried about how you’re going to travel in and around Puerto Viejo? Don’t be! Most of the locals and a large chunk of the tourists travel the city by foot. Puerto Viejo is a very ecologically friendly little town, so, while vehicle use isn’t frowned upon, it’s not all that common. You’ll get to see more and maybe even interact with the locals a little if you make your treks on foot anyway. For a little more speed, consider renting a bicycle (very cheap!) or even a scooter; that in itself can be a real adventure. Car rentals are absolutely available if you don’t feel like walking  or pedaling , and there are also taxis throughout the city. No matter how you choose to get around, just get out there and explore all that Puerto Viejo has to offer.