200 meters south of the bridge into Puerto Viejo
Costa Rica, Costa Rica
NileGuide Expert tip:
Avoid stepping on the coral to prevent damage to the living reef.
Salsa Brava is Puerto Viejo's best kept beach, if not its best kept secret. Surfers have been onto it for years, but when the killer waves are not breaking, the water is fine for swimming and snorkeling the tide pools between the coral reef. The narrow stretch of sandy beach is lined with coconut trees, and long ago some heavy metal crocodiles were painted bright colors and planted in the sand, where they serve as semi-submerged hosts for visitors to sit upon. Sunset is a wonderful time to pause at Salsa Brava to take it in, and a restaurant with the same name puts beach chairs out on the sand to entice you to stay for happy hour.