Things to do

Around Puerto Viejo

If you need a break from lying in your pool, watching the birds and butterflies or enjoying the beaches, there are plenty of other things to see and do in and around Puerto Viejo …

Jaguar Center Cocles.

An animal rescue and rehabilitation center where you can get ‘up close and personal’ with howler monkeys, sloths raccoons, anteaters and their newest ‘rainforest guests’.

Finca Las Isla’s Botanical Garden:

This is a must-see for anyone with an interest in tropical flowers, trees
and frogs! Take a fascinating guided tour and photograph the prolific
flora and red poison dart frogs at this beautiful property.

Horseback riding:

With choices of Beach tour, Jungle-Beach Tour or Manzanillo-Beach tour, take an adventure and spot wildlife from the saddle.

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Canopy Tours:

Take a swing through the canopy and see nature up close with the thrill of a fairground ride!

Dolphin watching:

Take a boat from Manzanillo where the road ends and enjoy these remarkable creatures in their own environment.

Chocolate & River tour:

Learn the history of cacao and taste organic chocolate before a trip up the Sixaola river which separates Costa Rica from Panama, culminating in a visit to the waterfall of Yorkin.

Surfing Lessons:

Learn how to surf or improve your technique at Cocles beach, home of the famous Beach Break.

Scuba diving:

Take a trip to the outer reefs and become part of the underwater world or learn how to dive in warm, clear waters and get your PADI certification.

Sloth Rescue Center:

Visit the injured or orphan sloths and learn about their rehabilitation or take a bird-watching canoe trip.

Spa Time:

Indulge yourself and choose from a menu of treats such as a ‘Tropical Bliss’ facial or ‘Rainforest immersion massage’.


Rent a kayak for a sea or river trip and spot wildlife from the water.

Green Iguanas:

Visit and learn about these magnificent prehistoric reptiles at Tree House’s Green Iguana rescue center.

All tours can be arranged locally in Puerto Viejo.