Puerto Viejo is a fun little Caribbean town with plenty of places to stay, eat, shop. Beaches are nicer if you continue on to the south. It's an easy half-hour trip by bus to Manzanillo. See the sloths and other wildlife.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a coastal town in Talamanca in Limón Province in southeastern Costa Rica, known simply as Puerto Viejo to locals and tourists alike. The town is most famous for its beautiful beaches, its big waves, and the nearby jaguar rescue center. Puerto Viejo is known for its world-class Caribbean seafood dinning, culture, dance, and music. The town is incredibly touristy and it can be easy to become overwhelmed by the street vendors and souvenir shops.
The choices for hostels in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca are seemingly endless and include party hostels; surfers paradises; and family-run, relaxed accommodation. The town is relatively small and most of the hostels in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca are within walking distance to both the downtown tourist strip and the white sand beach. Although the town is relatively small, it is highly developed and therefore offers all the amenities and services that you may desire during the visit. Some of the more popular hostels in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca can fill up during peak season, so booking ahead may be necessary.
Puerto Viejo is easily accessible by bus from San Jose or by car and shuttle from nearly anywhere else. Many people stay in the town on their way to or from Panama due to its proximity to the Panamanian border. Do not let this scare you, as Puerto Viejo has much more to offer than most border towns. Puerto Viejo is a wonderful town to soak up some hot sun on the beach, stand up on a surf border, or sink your teeth into some delicious Caribbean seafood!
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