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The Beaches of Puerto Viejo Costa Rica

The mix of open-air bars and laid back surfer attitudes make Puerto Viejo one of the most chilled places to hang out in Costa Rica.


The Beaches of Puerto Viejo Costa Rica

Getting to Puerto Viejo Costa Rica

Located on the Southern Caribbean coast of the country, Puerto Viejo Costa Rica is one of the most popular tourist spots in the country. The drive from capital San Jose is beautiful. If you are up for a road trip in Costa Rica, this route takes you right through the center of the rainforest. You'll come through the Braulio Carillo National Park, with its lush greenery and natural waterfalls. As you approach Limon, the natural beauty fades slightly in this old shipping town. As you turn for the drive to Puerto Viejo, through Cahuita, you are once again greeted with stunning views all along the Caribbean coast.

A Caribbean Chill-out Zone

The main tourist town of the Costa Rican Caribbean is Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Puerto Viejo remains laid back embracing the easy going Caribbean way of life. It is unlike anywhere else in the country. People live on bicycles and cars need to watch out, as crabs take the opportunity to cross the road on their way to and from the beach. At night, the exotic fusion restaurants, markets, and discos start-up creating a bustling atmosphere in this sleepy village.

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Many people visit Puerto Viejo for the surfing. The legendary reef break Salsa Brava explodes from December to April. It can also be good around June and July. It's perfect for professionals and experienced surfers. Novices are not advised to attempt it. At other times of the year, it is a quiet ocean, perfect for gentle dips and snorkeling. The beauty of the area can also be seen in Cahuita National Park, perfect for a gentle hike, as well as in the Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge where all manner of tropical species can be found. For relaxed days, spend time enjoying the wide variety of amazingly pristine undeveloped sandy beaches with their warm, inviting waters.

Where to Stay in Puerto Viejo Costa Rica

If you are looking to stay in Puerto Viejo, there are many bungalow options, including Azania Bungalows. For somewhere more luxurious, head just outside the center for Le Cameleon, one of the most impressively modern hotels on the East coast. While Puerto Viejo is really where it all happens; the quieter surrounding areas also boast amazing places to spend the night. Cahuita, being the furthest away, is a smaller option with its many bungalows and eco-friendly hotels. Cabinas and bungalows are the most popular choice, and guests hire bicycles for a simpler existence in this lovely town.

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Shawandha Lodge Bedroom

Shawandha Lodge in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Shawanda Lodge in Puerto Viejo on Costa Rica’s Caribbean shores offers modern, simple yet comfortable private cabanas in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, with abundant exotic wildlife at your doorstep.

Type Boutique Family Friendly Romantic

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Hotel Banana Azul

Nestled away in the Southern Caribbean of the province of Limón you will find Hotel Banana Azul! Enjoy their rustic and spacious accommodations that are ideal for romantic getaways or group travels. Dine at the Azul Beach Club where your food is always prepared fresh and only using local ingredients. Hotel Banana Azul is Ideally located, nearby activities include surfing, Cahuita National Park, Jaguar Rescue Center, or pay a visit the Bri Bri indigenous people.This intimate hotel offers an authentic Caribbean beach experience.

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Villas Del Caribe Puerto Viejo Living Room

Villas del Caribe Puerto Viejo

Enjoy the beach by day and the lively bars and music of Puerto Viejo at night, at your own private, fully equipped surfer beach bungalow on the Caribbean shore.

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From: Over $300

Tree House Lodge Costa Rica Beach House

Tree House Lodge Costa Rica

A Distinctive Luxury Eco-Lodge with 5 unique jungle residences set amid lush tropical rain forest on the pristine beaches of the remote North Caribbean.

Type Boutique Family Friendly Nature Romantic Adventure Beachfront Off The Beaten Path

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La Costa de Papito Bungalow

La Costa de Papito

La Costa de Papito offers affordable bungalows that can accommodate up to 5 guests. It’s great for a Romantic or Family Getaway in Costa Rica! Each bungalow is set privately amidst a brilliant garden of tropical plants that exotic birds, butterflies, monkeys, sloths, and iguanas call home, and directly across from the pristine Playa Cocles.

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Jaguar Rescue Center

Jaguar Rescue Center

The Jaguar Rescue Center in Playa Cocles outside Puerto Viejo is a warm and welcoming place that rehabilitates sick and wounded jungle animals in a friendly environment and re-introduces them into their natural habitat in the Caribbean jungle.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Easy

What to bring: Swimming Suit Towel Camera Sunscreen Insect Repellent Drinking Water Comfortable Clothing Fast Drying Clothes Shorts Hiking Shoes Water-Sandals

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