Until recently Puerto Viejo has been an undiscovered jewel in Costa Rica that attracted mainly a backpacker and surfer crowd. The whole area is one huge melting pot of cultures. In addition to the foreigners which are mostly South American, Canadian and European; you have 3 distinct local cultures living here (Indigenous, Jamaican Caribbean and Spanish).
There are the BriBri natives who have lived here for centuries, the Jamaicans who initially came over as workers to build the railroad for the banana trade, and then Costa Ricans from Spanish descent. In 2002 there was a census done for the area and they found people from 49 different countries in a population of just over 2,000.
Today, in addition to miles and miles of unspoiled beaches and thousands of hectares of jungle, Puerto Viejo offers a huge selection of all types of restaurants, craft shops, tours, nightlife. And if you are looking for more adventure, we have a photo album highlighting the many things to do in the area.
Puerto Viejo and Banana Azul are not for everyone, but their uniqueness is what makes them special.