On Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is overlooked by the majority of visitors yet its laid-back atmosphere and Afro-Caribbean roots provide a welcome contrast to the Pacific coast. With darker volcanic sands and pounding surf, the area has long attracted surfers and artists and is steadily growing in popularity. Close by the Cahuita National Park offers some of the finest snorkelling and beaches in all of the country with crystal clear waters and colourful coral reef harbouring tropical fish and turtles alike. Facilities are still simple yet the hospitality, music and cuisine is warm, friendly and unmistakably Caribbean. Enjoy delicious barbequed jerk chicken from beach shacks to the beat of reggae and calypso before setting off to explore the pristine beaches of Playa Negra, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva.