Frommer’s guide books and websites help travelers explore destinations the way locals do by delivering candid and reliable information. Each year, Frommer’s editors, authors, and experts from around the world create a top ten list of the best cities, islands, beaches, and other vacation destinations for the coming year. Their list steers clear of too-hot spots or places that are so under the radar you’ll find yourself lost.
Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica made this years list with other top destinations like, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Stockholm, Sweden and Atlanta, Georgia among others.
This what Frommers editors have to say about Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica:
Puerto Viejo is the hottest spot on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. Surfers, backpackers, and Costa Rican cognoscenti treasure Puerto Viejo and its surrounding beaches, rivers, and rainforests. Still, very few visitors venture to the country’s remote southern Caribbean coast, which is a shame. A tiny town fronting a small protected harbor, Puerto Viejo offers up excellent restaurants, rocking bars, and wealth of tour and adventure opportunities.
From the shore right in town you can watch surfers tackle Salsa Brava, a steep reef break that has been compared to Hawaii’s treacherous Bonzai Pipline. Just south of town lies a series of white sand beaches backed by thick rain forest and protected park lands, reaching all the way to the Panamanian border. If you decide to do more than sunbathe, you can hike the trails of the nearby Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and Cahuita National Park. You’ll almost certainly hear the roar of howler monkeys, and watch parrots fly by. Those with sharp eyes might pick out a three-toed sloth munching on cecropia leaves. There are also zip-line canopy adventures, chocolate making tours, ATV outings, surfing, rich botanical gardens, and good snorkel and scuba spots to keep you busy.
Most compelling of all? Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast is a world apart from the rest of the country. The pace is slower, the food is spicier, the tropical heat is more palpable, and the rhythmic lilt of patois and reggae music fills the air.
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