Puerto Viejo

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.

Puerto Viejo Best Things to Do

Gandoca Manzanillo Refuge Jungle Hike, Costa Rica
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Explore the Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge on a guided hike through a natural, Caribbean coast jungle setting filled with remarkable plants and wildlife.

Naturalist Guide
Full Day Jungle Adventure, Costa Rica
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The Full-Day Jungle Adventure in a south Caribbean rainforest offers the unforgettable thrills of hiking and canyoneering through the jungle. On this tour, you'll rappel down trees and waterfalls, swim in natural pools, tour the jungle canopy, and go for a ride on a Tarzan swing.

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Area Guide

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.

Feedback From Travelers

- EVAN S, FEB 2020


- ALAIN H, FEB 2020

I'm a little confused about the "spacious" or "packed" option for touristy, because while Puerto Viejo was crowded, it felt like a local village more than a tourist area. We absolutely loved it!! The water was beautiful, the hotel and suite were perfect, we saw more animals here than anywhere else and the people were amazing. We would love to come back to Cariblue in the future.