Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast is one of the country’s most picturesque regions, with dramatic landscapes and contrasts not seen elsewhere in the world. Majestic old-forest trees reach higher than any building, and waterfalls rush from the mountains just a few hundred feet from the shore. What and where are the best views in Puerto Viejo de Limon, Costa Rica? From the rusted banana barge with a tree sprouting from it that sits just off-shore at the north entrance to town to the majestic views of Manzanillo Gandoca at the southern tip, amazing views burst from here, there, and many points in between.
Once upon a time this barge functioned as banana transportation up and down the coast, now it is permanently parked just offshore at the north entrance to Puerto Viejo , where it sprouts a little tree and serves as a diving board for water babies. Black sand reaches from north of Playa Negra and meets white sand at El Chino beach; the land curves out in a sweeping green arc, so when you’re facing north, the sun set casts a colorful glow against the sky and water.
Salsa Brava beach is one of the most popular vantage points in Puerto Viejo, for surfers gawking at the waves that break beyond the coral reef, for photographers who zoom in on surfers riding Salsa Brava’s wicked rights and lefts, and for sea and sunset gazers, who come and gasp at the play of colors cast on the water.
With the beauty of the beaches so captivating, it can be easy to miss out on the rest of the scenery, but remembering to look around, and up in the trees, can be the most valuable tips for spotting stimulating subjects and stunning landscapes, like a bright yellow eye-lash viper curled up in a dark green bush or a blue butterfly alit on a branch.
At Punta Uva, there are two sides to the beach, each boasting fantastic views, divided by a steep green cliff from which a blue grotto can be reached. Although shutterbugs will are ever trying to capture it on film and video, the beauty of Punta Uva is really only beholden in person. Continuously voted one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Punta Uva also carries Costa Rica’s Ecological Blue Flag for maintaining high standards of cleanliness, preservation, and sustainable practices.