Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Elevation: 37 mts
Afro Caribbean culture
Gateway to Caribbean
Puerto Viejo Travel Guide
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a colorful coastal town located in the Caribbean Region of Costa Rica, in Limón Province. It is known in the surfing community for having the largest and most powerful wave in Costa Rica, called “Salsa Brava”. It is also a site of beautiful beaches, such as Playa Chiquita, Playa Negra and Punta Uva, which are some of the most spectacular beaches in Costa Rica, which can be found between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo.
The Caribbean Coast has a relaxed atmosphere with a mix of Latino, Afro-Caribbean and Bribri indigenous cultures. Horseback riding tours in the area, as well as snorkeling, diving, mountain biking and kayaking are some of the activities that travelers can enjoy in Puerto Viejo too. The Caribbean coast is a lively place for young tourists to have an exciting and relaxing vacation.
Things to do in Puerto Viejo
Puerto Viejo offers many surfing spots. Playa Cocles is located just 15-minute walking distance from the center of town and offers strong waves for intermediate and advanced surfers. Salsa Brava is very popular among advanced surfers and Punta Uva is the perfect spot to gain experience in surfing. The clear water and surrounding jungle make for a gorgeous view.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca has its very own chocolate factory tour where you will learn about the local chocolatiers and how they make their chocolate bars from locally sourced cacao.
Jaguar Rescue Center
The Jaguar Rescue Center rehabilitates mistreated, injured and/or confiscated animals, which are then reintroduced to their natural habitat in protected areas. In this visit you can observe monkeys, wild cats, sloths, raccoons, anteaters, marsupials, reptiles and amphibians.
Puerto Viejo tours to other destinations nearby
Cahuita National Park
The Cahuita National Park Tour is a wonderful hiking opportunity to explore both the beach and the tropical rainforest. This national park is part of La Amistad Conservation Area which is a World Heritage site protecting the local tropical rainforests, beaches, and recovering coral reefs nestled in the Caribbean waters. The well maintained trails along the beach and within the rainforest make hiking in Cahuita’s National Park a leisurely experience with wooden boardwalks and handrails passing over the wetland areas.
Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
The Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge is located southeast of the Caribbean Coast, between the mouth of Cocles River and the Sixaola River. It has many hiking trails that allow you to sample the different ecosystems of the area. The abundant vegetation of this coastal forest forms a biological corridor of great importance for the wildlife of the refuge. The area also offers many freshwater habitats, coral reefs and patches of primary forest.
Cultural Visit to Indigenous Reserve
Visit and share with families from the Bribri community. Visit their medicinal garden and listen to their stories and experiences about the traditional process of chocolate making.
Snorkeling in Punta Uva
Punta Uva is one of the most exotic beaches in Costa Rica. It has a very rich coral reef with abundant marine life, crystal clear waters and lush coastal vegetation.
Location and Map
Puerto Viejo is a coastal village located in the Costa Rica Caribbean coast , in the canton of Talamanca, southeast of Costa Rica. The best way to get there is by car or private transportation. From the San Jose International Airport it is a 4 hour drive, 232 kms / 144 miles via Braulio Carrillo and José Joaquín Trejos Fernández / Route 32.