Known simply as Puerto Viejo to the locals, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is famous among surfers for the biggest and most powerful wave in all of Costa Rica - a swell named Salsa Brava. Puerto Viejo is also home to several beautiful beaches and is a convenient stopping point for travelers making their way south to the Panamanian border at Sixaola.
Visitors to this tropical paradise sitting alongside the Caribbean Sea will delight in the sights and sounds, friendly locals, pristine beaches and natural wonders, as well as the seaside bars and restaurants offering Costa Rican cuisine in fun-filled settings. Stay in one of our comfortable vacation rentals to make your stay in Puerto Viejo the best possible experience!
Located in Costa Rica's beautiful Limón Province, the coastal town of Puerto Viejo sits right on the Caribbean Sea and backs up to acres and acres of unspoiled jungle. It is just 38 miles south of the historic, seaside city of Puerto Limón, 26 miles north of the Panamanian border, and 135 miles from downtown San José, If you're flying into the Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José, you should have no trouble finding your way over to your Puerto Viejo vacation rental via bus, shared ride van, or private car.
It's no secret that a large number of visitors to this town come for the prime surfing conditions and the pristine, sandy beaches. One of the biggest waves is, of course, Salsa Brava, but by no means should you take this one on unless you consider yourself an expert! There's a good reason the locals refer to the reef there as "the cheese grater!"
For alternate (but still excellent) surfing conditions, Playa Cocles is just a couple miles down the coast, offering a worthwhile swell to ride out. And for even friendlier waves, be sure to check out Playa Grande, just a bit further south. Beginners can also take lessons here through several local surf schools.
Should you choose to stick close to home, check out some of the local gift shops or drink and dine in seaside restaurants and bars like Cafe Rico for excellent Costa Rican cuisine, El Refugio for finger-licking barbecue, and Bread & Chocolate for sweet treats, breakfasts, and lunches.
The adjacent rainforests offer a number of exciting adventures for those wanting to walk among native flora and fauna. Hike out to see plunging waterfalls or visit the Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve within the Bribri Reservation. Be sure to keep your eyes out for native howler monkeys playing in the treetops during your visit!
Lastly, consider a fascinating tour of the Jaguar Rescue Center just three miles from town. Here, you can see rescued monkeys, wild cats, sloths, exotic birds, and even some of the most venomous snakes in Costa Rica (all safely housed in secure terrariums, of course). Since being founded in 2008, the Rescue Center has saved more than 1200 animals and released 40 percent of them back to the wild!
Experience paradise at one of our tropical vacation rentals in Puerto Viejo, and don't forget your surfboard!
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