Puerto Viejo

Located on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, Puerto Viejo is an exceptional tourist destination that captivates visitors with its natural charm, dreamy beaches and vibrant Afro-Caribbean culture. With a perfect combination of lush rainforest, crystal clear waters and a relaxed atmosphere, Puerto Viejo offers a unique experience that will immerse you in the natural beauty and cultural richness of this region.


Puerto Viejo is located in the province of Limón, in the southern Caribbean of Costa Rica. It is bordered to the north by Cahuita National Park and to the south by Manzanillo, a small fishing village.

How to enjoy the destination:

To fully enjoy Puerto Viejo, I recommend you immerse yourself in its relaxed atmosphere and enjoy the following activities:

  1. Paradisiacal beaches: Explore the beautiful beaches surrounding Puerto Viejo, such as Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva. Relax on their white sands, swim in crystal clear waters and admire the colorful coral reefs.
  1. Ecotourism: Venture into the rainforest surrounding Puerto Viejo and discover its unique biodiversity. Hike the trails of Cahuita National Park to observe monkeys, sloths, toucans and many other fascinating species.
  1. Surfing and water sports: The waves of the Caribbean coast offer ideal conditions for surfing. Take surfing lessons or rent a board and challenge the waves at Salsa Brava, one of Costa Rica’s most famous waves. You can also explore the nearby reefs by snorkeling or scuba diving.

Places of great tourist interest:

In addition to the beaches and rainforest, Puerto Viejo has other tourist highlights. You can visit the Jaguar Rescue Center to learn about wildlife conservation and see rescued animals. You can also explore the charming town of Manzanillo, where you can enjoy the tranquility and natural beauty of the region. 

  • Cahuita National Park: Just a few kilometers north of Puerto Viejo is Cahuita National Park. This park protects an extensive strip of tropical rainforest, virgin beaches and coral reefs. You can hike the park’s trails, enjoy snorkeling on the reef or just relax on its beautiful beaches.  
  • Manzanillo: South of Puerto Viejo is the charming fishing village of Manzanillo. Here you will find tranquility, more secluded beaches and a great opportunity to enjoy contact with nature in its purest state.

Climate and average temperature:

Puerto Viejo enjoys a tropical climate year-round, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C. The dry season runs from March to September, while the rainy season extends from October to February.

How to get there from San José:

To get to Puerto Viejo from San Jose, you can take a domestic flight to Limon airport and then take a ground transfer to Puerto Viejo. You can also choose to take a direct bus from San Jose, which will give you the opportunity to enjoy the scenery along the way.

Lodging: In Puerto Viejo, you will find a wide variety of lodging options to suit all budgets and preferences. From luxurious beachfront resorts to cozy hostels and cabins in the middle of the jungle, there is something for everyone. Some popular options include:  

  1. boutique hotels: these hotels offer stylish and comfortable rooms with modern amenities and personalized services. Many feature swimming pools, gourmet restaurants and spas.  
  2. Cabins and bungalows: For those looking for an experience closer to nature, there are cabins and bungalows available around Puerto Viejo. These options are usually located in the middle of the jungle or near the beach, providing a quiet and serene environment.  
  3. Hostels and hostels: If you are traveling on a tight budget or prefer a more social experience, you can choose to stay in a hostel or hostel. These places offer shared or private rooms at lower prices, and usually have common areas where you can meet other travelers. 


To fully enjoy your visit to Puerto Viejo, it is recommended to bring light and comfortable clothing, bathing suit, sunscreen, insect repellent and appropriate footwear for walking through the jungle. Also, don’t forget to try the delicious local cuisine, such as coconut rice and fresh seafood.


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