Just a short time ago, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, (Puerto Viejo), on the Southeastern side of Costa Rica, remained relatively off the beaten tourist path. Just a few surfers roamed the small seaside town on their way to surf Salsa Brava—the legendary majestic wave.
Today, Puerto Viejo tells a different story. This small beachside village now bustles with tourist activity, from stylish restaurants serving global fusion and dance halls pumping out reggaetón to street vendors peddling Rasta trinkets and Bob Marley t-shirts. It can attract all sorts of types intent on indulging in ganja and guaro.