Puerto Viejo Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica

Known for its laidback attitude and famous for it's surfing, Puerto Viejo beckons visitors to come experience Costa Rica’s eccentric side.  The village’s cultural influences are interesting to be sure: a mix of Afro-Caribbean, Bribri
Indian, tico and hippyesque counterculture, this small port town is an anthropological study in itself.  A mere 11 miles (18 km) from Cahuita, Puerto Viejo is accessible via Highway 36 or by simply walking south, along the beach


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Vacations in Puerto Viejo

Puerto Viejo has recently become a hit with tourists due to its cultural allure, stunning white-sand beaches, tropical vegetation and its proximity to national parks.  Nearby Cahuita National Park and Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge offers visitors a chance to observe the region’s stunning wildlife, both of which are a short drive away.  

Native American traditions are well established.  Indigenous reserves dot Talamanca—as this southern region is referred to by its indigenous population—which serves as a virtual extension of the national parks system.  The Asociación Talamanca de Ecoturismo y Conservación (ATEC) offers information and tours to visitors interested in the local indigenous culture.  A grassroots organization, ATEC was founded to promote sustainable tourism and cultural expression amongst the mixed population in which it serves.  The organization offers tours complete with guides at an extremely fair price. 


"By far, the best experience with locals! You feel like part of the town as soon as you're there."

"So many! The Sloth Sanctuary (Aviarios del caribe) was awesome. We took a local bus to it (~40 minutes). You don't really know a place until you take its public transit! Color Caribe has amazing food. The scenery is unbeatable. The black sand, the white sand. We walked from the Jaguar rescue back to the hotel. it was hot but saw so many beautiful things on the way back. People are friendly and hospitable!!"

"Sloth Sanctuary is a short bus ride away…well worth a visit, baby sloth orphans are adorable! Lots of live entertainment, fire eaters etc in the evening, good vibe. Cahuita National Park worth hiking through for the wildlife seen."

"Jungle Love was a great place to eat; the town is a bike ride from the Shawandha Lodge, but bikes are hard to find."

"Lovely laid back town, we really enjoyed the jaguar rescue centre"

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