I searched through messages and although I did get some of my answers, I wondered if someone/ones could tell me the truth regarding Puerto Viejo. There are so many mixed reviews! My husband and I are visiting CR in mid-February and are looking to get a way from the Tourist Traps and luxury resorts, so we are considering Puerto Viejo to have a relaxing vacation and actually "feel" like we are in authentic CR. We are nature loving, laid-back people who want to be as close to wild-life as possible. I would love to stay somewhere, where it would be quite possible to see monkeys or sloths...any animals from our lodge balcony. However, we want to feel that we can leave our lodge on a bike and not feel threatened. I read on a forum on Frommer's that tourists are getting mugged and killed there....that it used to be safe, but, second generation locals do not hesitate to cause serious harm to tourists. We are very open-minded....I can't stand it when people are judged based on color...or any stereotypical B.S for that matter, and do not mind it if there are bugs in my room....I like bugs :. I understand that you have to be smart with personal belongings, EVERYWHERE, but, it is the writings of physical danger that I am a bit worried about. Can someone respond that has been there RECENTLY...someone who is a like-minded traveler?