Rugged and rustic, Puerto Viejo is a pulsating beach town surrounded by gold sandy beaches, crystalline waters and pristine national parks. Located on the Southern Caribbean coast, the area exudes an Afro-Caribbean vibe and easy-going attitude. With its lack of high-rise buildings, evergreen jungle and crowd-free beaches, Puerto Viejo offers a real slice of Costa Rica mixed in with a Caribbean twist.
Put on the map for its quality of surf, Puerto Viejo attracts surfers world-wide seeking out the powerful waves from Salsa Brava beach. With its long stretch of beautiful coastline, Puerto Viejo is a beach lover’s paradise, where beaches are jungle-fringed, often deserted and nearby to coral reefs where tropical fish are abundant and dolphins and sharks call the waters their home. With a Caribbean vibe, the sweet sounds of reggae can often be heard, the cuisine is coconut laden, and the pace of life is slow.
Surrounded by three national parks, Cahuita National Park, Talamanca Indian Reserve and Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Puerto Viejo offers a wealth of activities. From horseback riding and hiking to canopy tours and snorkeling, each allows you discover the tropical flora and fauna of the area. Gandoco-Manzanillo Refuge is the closest by, whose vegetation brushes the high tide line and is brimming with eagles, pelicans, caiman and tapirs. For those in search of culture, it is possible to visit the Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve where visitors can meet with an indigenous family and get to know the locals.
Understandably growing in popularity year on year, the relaxing charm of Puerto Viejo has brought a number of intimately chic hotels to its shores, and visitors can choose from boutique retreats to eco-friendly cabins just a stone’s throw from the virgin beaches and first-rate restaurants.