If you are traveling to Costa Rica and you don’t have more than $25 a day to spend, you can still visit one of the most beautiful beaches of this country and enjoy a once-in-a-life experience there. If you have a bigger budget, you can get one of Costa Rica adventure vacation packages.
How? Let me tell you!
Puerto Viejo, in the South Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica, is one of the most amazing places of this small country. Because of the Caribbean influence, this is a picturesque town with a relaxing atmosphere all day long. There amidst the exotic flora and fauna, lies a vibrant seaside town with gorgeous, isolated beaches, crystal clear blue water, and some of the most amazing surfing opportunities. Without a doubt, Puerto Viejo is a beach lover´s paradise.
To get to Puerto Viejo from Juan Santamaría International Airport, you have to take a road trip of 4 and a half hours approximately, if you are doing solo travel remember Costa Ricans are always willing to help with directions. It’s a little bit long, but on the way you will cross the Braulio Carrillo National Park so you will have the chance to see a lot of flora, beautiful rivers and some fauna like birds and monkeys. The best part? The bus ticket will no cost you more than $11.
Once you get to the town, it’s time to find a place to sleep. In Puerto Viejo there are no large hotels or resorts, only small buildings adapted to the Caribbean weather, where you can get the perfect dose of comfort while you enjoy the charms of this beautiful zone. Many of these hotels are characterized by their colorful decorations and their palm tree roofs. Also, you can find some beautiful hostels such as Rocking J’s, one of the most popular hostels in town because of its hammock concept. $7 per night including sheet, locker and lock doesn’t sounds bad, right?
Finally, the best way to move into the town and visit some other nearby beaches like Cocles, Cahuita and Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge is renting a bicycle. This is the most popular way of transportation in town, in fact you will see a lot of people using it, rather than cars or buses. You can rent a bike for $7 per day in any of the local rentals you will find along the road.
For the meals, you don’t have to worry a lot. Puerto Viejo has a wide variety of bars, international and local restaurants and super and mini markets where you can buy fruits, coffee and some easy-to-cook things that you can prepare at your hostel for example. There’s is always different ways to make money while traveling.