Puerto Viejo Travel Guide

Welcome to the vibrant coastal town of Puerto Viejo, formally known as Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, where lush jungles meet Caribbean vibes in a laid-back blend.

In Puerto Viejo, you can ride through palm-tree-lined streets, spot some native wildlife, such as monkeys and sloths, and take in the warm vibes of the local culture.

Experience everything with your Central American travel buddy, Mr. PB. Drive into the heart of Puerto Viejo with a selfie-worthy style when you ride with My Pink Bus.

In the center of Puerto Viejo, the Jaguar Rescue Center awaits a haven for healing animals and wildlife sightings. Maybe you’re looking to chill? Let the golden sands of Punta Uva beach work their magic, or explore the wonders of Cahuita National Park. 

Puerto Viejo isn’t just a coastal beauty; it’s a surfer’s heaven with the perfect waves for everyone, from beginners to seasoned pros. Think of it as the heart of Costa Rica’s travel charm, and here’s the deal – the surfers who’ve made this place a local favorite with global recognition. 

Whether you’re a sun-seeker, a nature enthusiast, or a curious explorer, Puerto Viejo’s got it all.

Upcoming events in Puerto Viejo

08/17/2023 - Movie on the beach

Join us as we watch Interstellar on the beach during sunset at 6pm.

Looking forward to seeing you!

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08/19/2023 - Wine and dine

Join us as we try 10 home crafted wines from local makers.

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08/22/2023 - BBQ on the beach

Join Restaurant Playa Venao on the beach as they cook. Entry starts at $50 per person.

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08/25/2023 - Shuttle Route

We party at night!

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08/31/2023 - This event

Safety & Security

When it comes to safety in Puerto Viejo, it's all about being aware while enjoying the adventure. Tamarindo, Drake Bay, and Puerto Viejo lean on the safe side, but like anywhere else, a sprinkle of caution goes a long way. Keep an eye on your belongings, explore with company, and soak up the vibes. Embrace the adventure while staying street-smart – that's the way to roll!

Signal & Wifi

Stay seamlessly connected in Puerto Viejo with reliable cell coverage and WiFi options. Costa Rica's main network providers—Kölbi, Movistar, and Claro—ensure you're linked up wherever you roam. And remember, the closer you get to the town center, the better reception you can expect. Stay in touch effortlessly and make the most of your journey with Mr. PB!

Payment Essentials

In Puerto Viejo, you'll find a mix of cash and card acceptance. Many places accept credit cards, but it's wise to carry some local currency for smaller establishments. ATMs are accessible too.

Getting around

Embrace Puerto Viejo's vibe. Bike safely for short distances or choose walking which is common in the local culture. Biking is faster and avoids bumps but for farther spots like Bribri and Manzanillo, consider a car for off-the-beaten-path exploration. Combine walking, biking, buses, and taxis for local sights. Enjoy the relaxed pace and choose how you roam!

Things to do in Puerto Viejo

Cahuita National Park

Dive into the stunning Cahuita National Park, a paradise where lush trails meet crystal-clear reefs. Snorkel through vibrant underwater landscapes or hike along the coast, spotting playful monkeys, chill sloths, and colorful birds. An epic haven for nature enthusiasts and those who crave the chill surfer lifestyle.

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Jaguar Rescue Center

Hang out at the Jaguar Rescue Center, a hotspot for injured animals to heal and get rehabilitated. Meet sloths, monkeys, and even margay cats on the mend. Join educational tours that spill the beans on conservation and the wild creatures of the Caribbean. Ideal for animal lovers and curious adventurers.

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Sloth & Kayak Adventure: Punta Uva Beach & Jungle

Sloth and Kayak Tour in Punta Uva Beach and Jungle

Paddle through Punta Uva’s unreal scenery and catch glimpses of sloths hanging out. Perfect for those who want to mix nature vibes and adventure – think laid-back days and wild coastal fun.

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Playa Negra (Black Beach)

Chill vibes await at Playa Negra, where black sands meet Caribbean waters. Unwind on this tranquil beach, perfect for walks, sun-soaking, and those surf-inspired daydreams. A total paradise for beach lovers and backpackers looking for that ultimate chill spot.

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Best time to visit
"Puerto Viejo"

November to January
August to October
February to April

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