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Puerto Viejo the vibe: not for everyone

The vibe here is laid-back, Caribbean-style with a great diversity of people living here and visiting here. But some would say it's "Not for Everyone".

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Areas and Beaches

The South Caribbean coast is a collection of communities, each with their own style and Pura Vida, Puerto Viejo just being the largest. Cahuita, Playa Negra, Cocles, Playa Chiquita, Punta Uva, Manzanillo and Hone Creek & Bri Bri all have places to stay, eat and hang out. Check them all out to see the one for you.

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Transportation

First you've got to get here right? There are buses, shuttles, driving instructions and more to be found here whether you're coming from San Jose or elsewhere in Costa Rica.

Once you're here we've got all the details on getting around. Rent a bicycle, local buses, walking, taxis, driving.

And because we get asked so much there are detailed instructions on going back and forth between Puerto Viejo and Tortuguero or Bocas del Toro in Panama.

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Tours, Activities and Packages

There's tons to do and see on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast: whitewater rafting, ziplining, surfing, turtle tours, bird watching, nature hikes and so much more. We've got a full list of the tours and activities we recommend that are either in the area or which pick up/drop off at area hotels. We'll even book it for you! Most of these tours will pick you up and return you right to your hotel (or sometimes to another Costa Rica destination!).

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Weather, Health & Safety, Volunteering, Education, Money...

Got more questions? We've got answers!

  • There's lots more information to come. Got questions on when the best time of year for the weather is? Or what the surf conditions are like? Check our weather page.

    Weather
  • We want you to be safe while you're here. Our health and safety page will tell you how to stay safe in the the water, how to avoid getting sick and some common sense strategies to avoid being a victim of crime.

    Safety
  • The best things in life may be free but you still got to deal with money yeah? The money page has answers on ATMs, travellers checks, credit cards, colones vs dollars and more.

    Money
  • Want to give back? There are a number of places in the area that need volunteers to help out and other organizations that could use your donations.

    Volunteer Donate
  • Want to learn Spanish on the beach? Or do you plan on moving here with your kids? Our education page has all the info you need either way.

    Education

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Cariblue resort room

Accommodations

Hotels, hostels, vacation rentals. There's something for everyone in Puerto Viejo from a hammock hotel to luxury vacation homes with all the amenities.

KOKi Beach Restaurant & Bar

Restaurants and Bars

People from all over the world have settled in the Puerto Viejo area and you'll see that when you check out the dining options. Puerto Viejo may have Costa Rica's best variety of dining options from fresh local seafood to Sushi, Mexican food, Italian, Argentinian steakhouses and so much more. There's something for every taste.

Colorful shopping in Puerto Viejo

Shopping and Services

Groceries, Tours, Real Estate, Clothing, Pharmacies, Banks, Souvenirs...you name it and Puerto Viejo probably has it.

Caribe Sur Real Estate

Real Estate

Fallen in love with paradise? These people can help you find your own piece of it.

Whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River

Tour and Activity Companies

Looking to go fishing, diving, ziplining, rafting, kayaking? Want to get a guided nature tour and see monkeys, sloths, birds or turtles?

Latest news

  • Tomorrow is the Wolaba Trail Run! 5k, 11k and 21k routes starting at 7am, 7:30am and 8am. So keep your eyes open for runners tomorrow! Proceeds partially benefit the local soccer school for talented youth View storyNov 17

  • After a few cloudy days the sun is shining again. This is right now at Playa Chiquita. Wind and surf are strong though so keep safe if you go in the water. View storyNov 17

  • Work to widen route 32 to the Caribbean Coast will start in January so there will be some delays. But the good news is that Sansa will increase their schedule of flights from San José to Limon to 3x daily. View storyNov 15

  • The Puerto Viejo Dogs / Perros De Puerto Viejo group does amazing work in rescuing animals, providing medical care and finding new homes. Whether they are stray, abused or with a needy family that can't afford care View storyNov 13

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