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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a laid-back village on the Caribbean coast, located between the forested hills of the Talamanca mountains and the sea.

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By day, it is a quiet sleepy place, where visitors and locals alike meander the streets on bikes and visit the beach, however there is a vibrant and fun social scene in the evening with many restaurants and bars to choose from. It is a popular area for surfers, but also for those looking to get closer to the indigenous people of Costa Rica and wildlife abounds in the area.

The locals are mainly of Afro-Caribbean descent, and consequently the familiar sounds of Bob Marley contribute to the relaxed atmosphere.

The area does have some pleasant beaches, but they are not the typical white sand and bright blue sea of the Caribbean, and you do need to be careful of rip tides if you are planning on swimming.

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Suggested Puerto Viejo de Talamanca itinerary

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Hotel Le Cameleon, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

      Hotel Le Cameleon

      Medium

      A newly opened hotel in Puerto Viejo, Le Caméléon offers contemporary and minimalist decor and charming rooms.

    • Cariblue Hotel, Puerto Viejo

      Cariblue

      Medium

      Located five minutes by car from Puerto Viejo, the Cariblue hotel has 22 colorful and comfortable rooms with thatched roofs located around beautiful tropical gardens.

    • Standard Bungalow, Shawandha Lodge

      Shawandha Lodge

      Simple

      The Shawandha Lodge is comprised of just 13 standard bungalows with lovely decoration, set around beautiful tropical gardens.