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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Latin American Restaurant
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“Because is quite simply the best to enjoy the sunset or dinner. The location, the vibe, the service, the art, the decor, everything about it is high end. Is on the pricier side of the spectrum but is worth it and its certainly affordable. lots of vegetation inside which the sloths LOVE so there's always a few hanging around. Is my go-to in puerto viejo at night.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Bar
“Great place to go get a drink, while enjoying some Caribbean music and watching the surfers go by!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Perfect choice for breakfast with the perfect coffee. There are many healthy options and the food is fantastic. You have to try the pancakes and the waffles. Also is vegan-friendly.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Home Goods Store
“It's a wonderful shop in Puerto Viejo offering local artists work and some really cool jewellery and clothing. I have purchased art and many pieces of clothing from them and go back every time I'm in town. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“ Food, cold drinks & live music. All right in the center of town. Wifi. Tables are wired with charging stations. Bilingual staff: English and Spanish. Comida, bebidas frías y música en vivo. Está bien en el centro de la ciudad. Wifi. Las mesas están cableadas con estaciones de carga. Personal bilingüe: inglés y español.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Another great italian restaurant. This one is special for the strozzapreti (which means priest strangler... strange) pasta which is from northern Italy in a city called Rimini. Their pizzas are also great!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Cafe
“Freshly made pastries and great coffee. Excellent prices, and with a view of the Sea.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“2 for 1 Happy hour from 4-7. Great live music. A great spot right on the beach with delicious hamburgers. A great place to see.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great Pizza and seafood plates. Vegetarian-Friendly, Vegan-Options, Gluten-Free Options. Great view of the ocean.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Delicious smoothies (choose your own mixture of fruits to go with milk or water) and fresh sandwiches with homemade bread. Best vegan and gluten-free options.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
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“Take a left opposite Hot Rocks and you’ll find Lidia’s at the end of the street: this Caribbean restaurant serves good traditional Costa Rican food.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Buy fresh fish or eat fish and seafood at the restaurant - where we lokals go!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great asian-indian fusion food. The best pad thaï the 1st Friday of every month.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Entertainment
“A good way to discover the Caribbean artists and the Afro Caribbean culture.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“ATEC is a self-sustaining, non-profit, grassroots, community based organization that finances itself, its guides, and its conservation efforts through your patronage and support. More than 50 exciting tours, classes, and activities provided by friendly, local, knowledgable guides. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Tour company providing excellent opportunities to enjoy the area: jungle zip-treks, cocoa farm and chocolate tours, sea-river kayak tours, fishing, etc. Jungle zip-treks are a must are not to miss.”
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Latin American Restaurant
“Because is quite simply the best to enjoy the sunset or dinner. The location, the vibe, the service, the art, the decor, everything about it is high end. Is on the pricier side of the spectrum but is worth it and its certainly affordable. lots of vegetation inside which the sloths LOVE so there's always a few hanging around. Is my go-to in puerto viejo at night.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Perfect choice for breakfast with the perfect coffee. There are many healthy options and the food is fantastic. You have to try the pancakes and the waffles. Also is vegan-friendly.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
“ Food, cold drinks & live music. All right in the center of town. Wifi. Tables are wired with charging stations. Bilingual staff: English and Spanish. Comida, bebidas frías y música en vivo. Está bien en el centro de la ciudad. Wifi. Las mesas están cableadas con estaciones de carga. Personal bilingüe: inglés y español.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Another great italian restaurant. This one is special for the strozzapreti (which means priest strangler... strange) pasta which is from northern Italy in a city called Rimini. Their pizzas are also great!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“2 for 1 Happy hour from 4-7. Great live music. A great spot right on the beach with delicious hamburgers. A great place to see.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great Pizza and seafood plates. Vegetarian-Friendly, Vegan-Options, Gluten-Free Options. Great view of the ocean.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“Take a left opposite Hot Rocks and you’ll find Lidia’s at the end of the street: this Caribbean restaurant serves good traditional Costa Rican food.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Buy fresh fish or eat fish and seafood at the restaurant - where we lokals go!”
  • 5 locals recommend

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