ImageWe’ve all heard of the Jamaican reggae artist Bob Marley and the mystical, Rastafarian lifestyle and culture that his songs have introduced us to over the years. Have you ever imagined what it would be like to have the opportunity to experience that lifestyle for yourself? The citizens of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica have the benefit of living it every day. I had the privilege of visiting this town last weekend and was able to experience all of its eccentric wonders for myself.

Puerto Viejo is a coastal town located in the province of Limón in southeastern Costa Rica. The small Caribbean treasure is known not only for the surf, but mostly for its laid back lifestyle. To an outsider, the town itself might resemble more of what we refer to in the United States as a campground but with a little more flair.

We arrived in Puerto Viejo on Friday evening, so fortunately for all of us we were able to get the full effect of the sights and sounds of the Caribbean night life. From the excellent seafood restaurants with some of the best sea bass you’ll taste in your life to the smaller but louder versions of what we call night clubs, this town is sure not one to disappoint. There’s something captivating about the experience of hearing reggae music in a Caribbean town surrounded by local Rastafarians that makes it unlike any other.

Aside from the exotic nightlife, there are many other cost efficient forms of entertainment located within and around Puerto Viejo. Some of us rented bikes for the day and rode to many different beaches. We got to see a much more in depth side to the lifestyles of the local citizens through things like elementary schools and health care clinics that cannot begin to be comprehended by a non-resident without personally witnessing it themselves.

And if that isn’t enough, there is always snorkeling! We were actually able to fit this into our Caribbean weekend as well. If you have never had the opportunity to go before, I highly recommend going in Puerto Viejo. The multiple shades of the blue-green waters complimented by the reds, oranges and yellows of the coral reef and schools of fish made this a breath taking experience for all of us! Relaxing on the beach afterwards definitely contributed to the overall experience. Be sure to pack your sunscreen and underwater camera!

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