Regions: Caribbean: Puerto Viejo

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (Talamanca’s Old Harbor), is 34 miles Southeast of Puerto Limón, and 10.2 miles south of Cahuita. It wasn’t that long ago that there were no roads leading here, but things have changed. The town’s beautiful and wild beaches were discovered, and have become a favorite among locals and tourist since.

Life here is easy-going, makes it impossible not to relax and forget about life’s worries. It’s so popular and such a great place to be, that a great number of Europeans and United States citizens have become permanent residents of the area. They have become permanent residents of the area. They have added to the eclectic mix of Afro-Caribbean, Spanish, and indigenous cultures that magically blend in the small corner of the Atlantic.

There are plenty of opportunities for surfing, snorkeling, and other outdoor activities. However, the pace of life is slow. Visitors realize that the best options in Puerto Viejo involve sitting along the shore and catching the perfect tan.

Puerto Viejo is the most commercially active town in Costa Rica’s Caribbean. There’s an open market on the main street where local crafts and handmade souvenirs welcome visitors. It’s also true that Puerto Viejo is a party town. There are small restaurants and bars where, every night around 10:30, everyone that happens to be in town packs the most popular spots and parties until the sun comes up.

Life’s a beach

This is believed by many to be one of the most beautiful areas in the country. The beaches are picturesque, but require visitors to be very careful while swimming. The beach right along the town is best for surfing, since it has strong waves and currents.

The best beaches are found South of Puerto Viejo starting at Punta Cocles. This white sand beach lies about 10 kilometers Southeast of Puerto Viejo. A coral reef between both points has created a natural aquarium that’s favorite among divers and photographers.

The village of Puerto Viejo lies in between the thick forested hills of the Talamanca mountains and the ocean. It’s a quiet and well cared for place, where people relax and enjoy their surroundings. The Rastafarian’s red, green and gold splashed everywhere is even more evidence that this small and charming town emits rich Caribbean flair.

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