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Puerto Viejo and Cocles
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How to get there?
There are two ways to get to Puerto Viejo:
By bus: 4 buses part daily from San Jose from the Terminal Caribe, on Street 0, Avenue 13.

Driving: from San Jose, take the route #32 that goes through the Braulio Carrillo National Park, in direction to Limon. Continue driving through Guapiles, Siquirres and Matina. Just before Limon downtown you will pass by a cemetery, continue on that street for 1 km more and then you will see the signs for Cahuita and Puerto Viejo. Follow the signs and try to make your trip during the day.

In this town, the magical Caribbean atmosphere will take over your senses. The green colors of the vegetation, the sound of the ocean and the slow passing of time along with calypso rhythms will definitely relax any spirit.

Puerto Viejo is a place of impressive beaches surrounded by palm trees and a dense tropical flora. Nature is the main character and its displayed everywhere with all its strength. The warm and humid tropical weather covers every corner of this coast, awakening life with just a drop of water that falls from the sky. 

The beach of Puerto Viejo and its town are located only 50 km southeast from Puerto Limon, in the southern area of the Caribbean coast of the country. This is a small and picturesque town situated between the Cahuita National Park and the Gandoca Manzanillo Natural Wildlife Refuge, two of the most important protected areas in the Caribbean.

Puerto Viejo is the result of the combination of diverse cultures throughout the decades, where you will find Afro-Caribbean, native, Spanish and other cultures from different countries. Here you will find part of the best architectural samples of Caribbean style, and all the new residents of Puerto Viejo have adopted this tendency and built new houses with this same style. 

The people here are very charming, proud of their past and owners of their future. The oldest residents, which are Afro-Caribbean descendants, speak their own language called Patois, which is a mixture of English, Spanish and French. This is a charming town with colorful bungalows immersed in the dense vegetation that characterizes this region of Limon.

This small town has experienced a high development in the last few years in which the improvements of its facilities can be easily seen. In the surroundings of the town you will find many hostels, and towards the south, on the street that goes to Gandoca Manzanillo you will find the most expensive hotels, but also the most beautiful beaches. Here you can also find a great variety of restaurants with different cuisines. 

A particular activity in Puerto Viejo is attending the organic market on Saturday mornings, which is an excellent place where you can buy fresh vegetables and fruits. Here you can also try one of the most famous traditional snacks of Limon, the paty, which is a delicious pastry filled with spicy meat. The visitors can find as well many souvenir stores where they can get handcrafts made by local craftsmen.

Accommodations and gastronomy
In Puerto Viejo there are no large hotels or resorts, only small buildings adapted to the Caribbean weather, where you can get the perfect dose of comfort while you enjoy the charms of this beautiful zone. Many of these hotels are characterized by their colorful decorations and their palm tree roofs. Some of the hotels located in the center of the town have restaurant, swimming pool, A/C and cable TV, and are located close to the beach. 

The largest hotels have bigger properties, which allow the bungalows to be distributed in large gardens or forest areas, being also more separated from each other and connected by trails. These have swimming pools, jacuzzis, spas, meditation centers, theme restaurants and many other amenities for the delight of their guests. From any of these places you can visit the beautiful beaches of this zone, like Playa Cocles, the beach of Puerto Viejo, Playa Salsa Brava and Punta Uva. Many of these hotels have also beachfronts, and others have the Caribbean Sea right across the street.

Puerto Viejo has a large diversity of restaurants due to the different nationalities of its residents. However, the Caribbean cuisine is the most common, since most restaurants are specialized in preparing dishes from the Caribbean, keeping the culinary traditions alive. Coconut milk is an exotic ingredient that gives a delicious hint to many of the Caribbean recipes that are prepared in these restaurants. 

There are also other places that serve typical Costa Rican meals, as well as pizzerias, Italian, French and Japanese restaurants, and other more exotic places where Caribbean and Russian cuisines are fused together, for example. Fresh seafood like shellfish, octopus and fish, are the main dishes in many restaurants in the hotels, which are part of the large list of options you have to dine in this region.

The zone of Puerto Viejo offers many local activities and tours to nearby sites where nature is always present. You can start by visiting the beautiful Playa Salsa Brava, favorite beach of surfers in Puerto Viejo because of its strong waves. Some hotels and local tour operators arrange different tours, such as: horseback riding, snorkeling, diving in the coral reefs, mountain biking, kayaking and boogie boarding. 

Surfing is the most popular water sport in the zone, but you must be very careful with strong currents, and swimming is not recommended. The south region of the Caribbean is the best area in Costa Rica for diving because of the many coral reefs it has, where you can observe more than 474 fish species in their natural environment, like the red porgy, angelfish and the tiger shark. From Puerto Viejo you can easily visit the Cahuita National Park, the Talamanca Native Reserve and the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. Since this town is also very close to the Rio Pacuare, visitors can also take rafting tours in this famous river, surrounded by an incredible natural beauty.

In Puerto Viejo music is irresistible, especially at night where many bars and restaurants cheer up the atmosphere with reggae and calypso music, where tourists cant resist the rhythms and take dancing lessons.

Where to go?
Cahuita National Park
The Cahuita National Park protects the resources needed by many plants and animals that live in the (...)
Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refugee
The Gandoca Manzanillo Wild Life Natural Shelter has about 15km of beach, 740 acres of (...)
Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve
This Biologic Reserve is located on the basins from the Estrella and Telire rivers, and is (...)
Bribri from Talamanca Indigenous Reserve
The Bribri native community is one of the biggest groups from Costa Rica with around 10000 Bribri (...)
Kekldi Indigenous Reserve
The Kekldi Native Reserve is the home for more than 210 Bribris natives, their traditions, (...)
Negra (Cahuita) Beach
There is abundant vegetation, tropical rainforest at the northern part of Playa Negra. It is (...)
Negra (Puerto Viejo) Beach
There is also a river mouth from the Ro Carbn (Carbn River) here, serving as a natural (...)
Pirikiki Beach
This beach is surrounded by dense rainforest vegetation as well as coconut trees that are (...)
Mona Beach
Playa Mona is located between another protected beach, Manzanillo, on one side and Punta Mona (...)
Puerto Viejo and Cocles Beach
They share white colored sand as well as a coral reef with great biodiversity and an ideal (...)
Uva Beach
It is possible to observe the coral reef formations that lie underwater along the coast. Its (...)
House of Anibal Smith Historical sites
This house seems very old, but it was built in 1993 with parts of another house from the decade of (...)
Puerto Vargas Beach
Due to the efforts in keeping this beach clean and safe for visitors, it has earned the (...)
This small town is located in front of Playa Negra, about 60 km from
Puerto Viejo and Cocles
In this town, the magical Caribbean atmosphere will take over your
Enjoy your vacations in Puerto Viejo to the rhythm of calypso and reggae
November 01, 2012

This paradise offers the perfect dose of comfort to enjoy this beautiful zone, in hotels designed with a Caribbean style
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