The cultural allure of Puerto Viejo is one that's been influenced not only by its Afro-Caribbean and Tico settlers, but also by the hippy beach culture of its surf-seeking migrants. This unusual mix of cultures infuses this town with the laidback approach to life characteristic of the Caribbean islands.
The sandy beaches and perfect surf place this town firmly on the tourist map and have helped contribute to its thriving nightlife. With its rustic bamboo bars and dance halls the nightlife and party element of this town can be overwhelming.
Even if the party scene isn't to your taste, Puerto Viejo still merits a visit. The Jaguar Rescue Centre is an excellent place to interact with wildlife, while the Chocolate Museum offers visitors the chance to make their own chocolate out of cocoa beans grown in the surrounding forests.