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Puerto Viejo De Talamanca is the most popular beach town at the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.

It has much more indigenous culture characteristics than other beaches on the Caribbean side, so it is a very laid back Rasta man place, offering a variety of cheap cabins, bars and restaurants. The surf is usually at its best between December to March and in June and July. September and October hardly have good waves, so that’s a better time for snorkeling. There are two beaches for surfing: Salsa Brava, which is a reef break and recommended to experienced surfers only, and Playa Cocles, which is sandier and suits beginners too. The safest swimming around is at the black sand beach, and the natural sea pools area, but be cautious of currents at all beaches, particularly when the waves are high.

Generally speaking, the weather is less stable in this area and rain is always an option.  It takes about 4 hours to drive (with a car, not a local bus!) to Puerto Viejo from San Jose, and the last 30 kilometers are done on a bad road, especially in the rainy season, so try to do that during the day as my experience taught me that driving it at night can be a dangerous task. During the dry season, if Puerto Viejo is too crowded for you, you can move to tranquil villages nearby, like Manzanillo and Cahuita. 

Please note that there is another Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean side:  Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, which is not located on the beach, so if you are going there by a bus, make sure it goes to the right one.


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Puerto Viejo Hotels


Cabinas Salsa Brava

Price range: $20-$40

Description: great rooms with a direct view of Salsa Brava. These simple economical cabins are 3 minutes from everything and are located just steps from the water

Tel: (506) 750-0241


Aguas Claras

Location: Playa Chiquita, Puerto Viejo.

Price range: $55-$110 for a cottage

Description: 1 and 2 bedroom cottages with fully equipped kitchen, hot water, and ceiling fans.

Tel: (506) 750-0131


Miraflores Lodge

Price range: $25-$60

Location: Playa Chiquita

Description: The rooms at Miraflores Lodge are first level Garden rooms and upper level Lodge rooms. All have king size beds which can be separated into two large single beds. There are four Lodge rooms on upper level, and five Garden rooms on first level.

Tel/Fax: 506-750-0038

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