Puerto Viejo is a great place to eat, relax, surf, swim, and repeat. It’s eclectic mix of cultures – which include Afro-Caribbean, Bribri Indian, tico, and European – creates a unique aesthetic, with a diverse offering of stores and restaurants throughout. The coast, backed by palms and lined with a light blue ocean, is a great place to lounge, surf or swim. Adventures can be made into the Cahuita National Park or Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. Puerto Viejo is about a four-hour drive from San José.
Agapi is a Greek word that expresses a love for the things that one cares about. This hotel, run by a Greek and Costa Rican couple, is an expression of this sort of love. Meticulously maintained and comfortably designed, Apartamentos Agapi is a great place to stay at while visiting Puerto Viejo. It’s homey, on the beach, and just a short walk from the center of town.
With wooden floors and ceilings, the rooms have a rustic feel, but one that doesn’t sacrifice comfort for the sake of simplicity. There are several different types of rooms to choose from, ranging from standard rooms to apartments. The apartments have a fully equipped kitchen, and several of the rooms have a television and air conditioning. All rooms have large covered balconies, which are a great place to lie in a hammock and take in the sights and sounds of the nearby ocean. Private hot water bathrooms are found in every room, and many have indoor sitting areas as well.
Begin your day with a complementary breakfast at the hotel. If you decide to not venture into town or head out along the beach, you can cool off in the swimming pool or soak in the whirlpool. During colder periods, guests may enjoy relaxing in the hotel’s sauna.
The hotel’s friendly staff is happy to help with anything that you may need, and can provide suggestions on what to do (or where to eat) while in Puerto Viejo.