Puerto Viejo Things to Do

  • Playa Cocles
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    Owl with an injured wing
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    Punta Uva River Kayak Tour

    by cfritz75 Written Dec 4, 2006

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    It was only $35 and a very low skill level was needed...good thing since my brother hadn't ever kayaked before. We were picked up at our Bungalow at 9am by Fernando. We were driven by a taxi (which happened to be a truck w/ the kayaks in the back). After a short lesson in how to manuver the kayak we were off into the jungle surrounded river at Punta Uva. Fernando pointed out many animals including bats, monkeys, turtles, birds, and the famous Jesus Christ lizards. We also saw some odd fruits and plants, along w/ some enormous spider. When we got to the end of the river we got out and walked around a little before turning back. Fernando pointed out armadillo holes, and most likely some boa holes... at that point we all decided to get out of there :)

    After paddling back to the ocean we paddled out onto the open water. Fernando lead us through a small but challenging cave just for kicks. The water was a little rough...I had a great time with this challenge, but my brother got a little nervous. We then paddled to shore and played on the beach for the next hour.

    $35pp for all that (4hours) was totally worth it.

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    Zip line tour.

    by mrotsmit Written May 24, 2007

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    Even Liz can do zip-line.
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    Surprisingly not exciting, the one we went on was called "Crazy Monkey" and it's not that there was anything wrong with it... It's just that I was expecting some really wild, scary thing. As it turns out; the jungle looks about the same high up on a platform as it does on the ground. The zip line thing was pretty simple, from platform to platform, ending on the beach, yawn... One cool thing was the bar/lounge in the jungle - it was part of a tent hotel (same owners) a real nice (& big) bar, open - with no walls, in the jungle, cool.

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    Punta Uva

    by cfritz75 Written Dec 4, 2006

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    After our kayak tour of the river we spent another hour here. I have to admit the beach was even nicer than Playa Cocles. The sand was softer and the water was bluer. There was a smallish coral reef that some people were snokeling at...but didn't look like there was much action down there.

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  • Canopy Tour

    by kcroswell Written May 2, 2008

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    My boyfriend and I decided that it was worth trying because we've never done anything like it, and also, how many times in your life are you able to zip line through the rain forest? You can book it through any of the agencies in the town and it's $55 per person. Definitely worth it! There were about 20 different platforms that we zip lined off of through the lush greenery which lasted approximately an hour. During our air tour through the forest, we saw a sloth, different types of insects, and heard the howler monkeys. It was unforgettable for both me and my boyfriend. If you're not scared of heights, or the fact that you would be harnessed to a cable, I would definitely recommend this. C'mon, live a little!

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    Canopy Tour

    by Kindra Written Sep 14, 2006

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    We had wanted to do a canopy tour in Manuel Antonio but were rained out so, thanks to Terraventuras (office located right across from bus stop downtown), we went with the $50 four hour canopy tour a few kilometres out of town: we got water, fresh fruits, transportation there and back, bilingual guides and all safety equipment.

    This agency had very excellent safety practices and were very good at ensuring everyone had a fun, safe time. The canopy tour does involve some hiking upwards so you should be in decent shape and wear comfy clothing (pants or long cargos) and decent shoes. Some platforms are over 150 feet upwards in the jungle!

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    Walk to Punta Uva

    by Diverdan28 Written Dec 5, 2009

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    Punta Uva a few years ago
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    The walk from PV to Punta Uva is pleasant and a great way to take in the sites. However, the first few kilometres south of town can be very dusty and heavy with traffic. Take the alternative which is the path along the beach. It starts just south of town,and goes all the way to Cocles. Its very well shaded and is cool even on a hot day.

    The path is also manageable by bicycle but be careful on the bridges.

    Don't take this path at night however as there have been a few thefts and attacks.

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    Gorgeous flowers

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 25, 2007

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    As in most of Costa Rica there are gorgeous flowers everywhere!! I always love to see the beautiful gingers as well as some pretty unknown to me types!! This area is very lush as they receive more rain than the other coast. It's very lush!!

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  • wannabe ancient

    by arasnosliw Written Jul 12, 2005

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    big lump of what

    This is probably some ordinary sea creature, but when I saw this I was immediately struck that it looks like some ancient fossil. I know it’s not, but let’s just pretend that it is. It’ll be more exciting and entertaining that way.

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  • I Eat Crab.

    by arasnosliw Written Jul 12, 2005

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    mr. crab says stay away

    There’s nothing like fresh crab for dinner. Well, what about dead crab? This poor thing was caught ashore at low tide and it died. If I were a scavenging animal, perhaps I would have feasted on it, however I know a thing or two about health and know that I shouldn’t be eating dead things off the beach no matter how much I am obsessed with crab.

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    Yoga in Costa Rica

    by LisaValencia Updated Sep 27, 2011
    Silvia Broussard - yoga instructor
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    If you are looking for yoga in Costa Rica, I can't say enough good things about the instructor, Silvia Broussard.

    She teaches at Shakti Yoga Studio https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shakti-Yoga-Studio/116082825145542?ref=ts in Puerto Viejo (on the Caribbean side).

    You can read all about her classes in my recent story : "New Life Lessons Learned Through Yoga in Costa Rica."

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    It's turtle nesting season

    by dougdo Written Apr 23, 2008
    Giant leatherback turtle

    If you're in the area from now until June, make sure not to miss the nighttime turtle nesting tour. You need to go with a guide, the location is pretty remote and you're not allowed flash photography or flashlights but you'll see some amazing turtles -- sometimes giant turtles that are hundreds of pounds!

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    Lazy Nights Out

    by UneBanane Written Nov 7, 2005

    Every place you go on the main strip, there is live music or movies playing. You can walk up and down the street and check each one of them out. You'll spend most of your days lazying out on the beautiful beaches or go on a biking adventure. If the waves are right, you can do a bit of surfing as well.

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    Jaguar Rescue Center

    by Tom_In_Madison Written Nov 1, 2013
    Volunteer wiih abandoned baby monkey.
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    They do 2 tours a day, 9:30 & 11:30. They rescue hurt or abandoned animals, nurse them back to health and then reintroduce them to their habitat. They do good work, and give a great tour. Saw sloths, parrots, caiman, owls, birds of prey and they let you go into the monkey cage--so you're in the middle of monkeys flying all around. One jumped on my back and stayed there, then walked over me and over my head and took off for somewhere else. It's located on the main road, there are plenty of signs to see it.

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    Refugio Gandoca-Manzanillo

    by mrotsmit Written May 13, 2007

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    Similar to Cahuita only more rugged, more mud, more jungle-ee, less monkey, more dramatic views. You get to walk on coconuts and see countless litte crabs.

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    Beaches at Punta Uva

    by sean420 Written Sep 3, 2006

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    Beautiful beaches here and safe for swimming.

    You cant see the beaches from the road so turn at the sign for either El Ranchito or Marisqueria Arrecife to get to the water

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