Adventurer's Guide to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Icon Share


Advisor - Rhonda Martin
Curated By

Rhonda Martin

  • Puerto Viejo

  • Costa Rica

  • Active Travel

  • Beaches

  • Nature Escapes

  • Small Town

  • Coastal

  • Local culture

Make some splash on the waves of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca beaches.
Curator’s statement

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, is a small surf town located on the Caribbean coast, a sweet relief from the heavily trafficked Pacific coast. It has been popular with backpackers and is a stones throw from the more famous Bocas Del Toro, Panama. While it's a Costa Rican town, it's heavily influenced by the Jamaican and Rastafarian culture.

The Fora Difference

Book with Rhonda to access exclusive perks and experiences on your trip.

[object Object]
Killer perks

Free upgrades, spa credits and more—we got you

[object Object]
Personalized recs

Customized travel planning for your style

[object Object]
Insider knowledge

Expert advice from people who’ve actually been there

Where to stay in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Unlock perks by contacting Rhonda to book your trip.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Cahuita National Park is where Costa Rica's untamed beauty and diverse ecosystems come together to create an enchanting haven of tropical biodiversity along the Caribbean coast.

Jaguar Rescue Center - Take a very informative tour to help support this non-profit organization. They focus on the rehabilitation of sloths, monkeys, birds, etc. Contrary to the name, there are no jaguars found here… yet.

Yoga at AmaSer

Surf - A true salty haven with about a dozen surf schools to choose from, or feel free to head straight to the beach where you’ll find a plethora of boards to rent. The infamous Salsa Brava wave beckons advanced surfers, while beginners can find plenty of calmer waves nearby.

White Water Rafting the Pacuare River - Both day trips and overnight trips are available to explore this stunning river winding through tall canyon walls.

Cahuita National Park - Just a short hop from the town's hubbub, this park extends an inviting hand to all nature enthusiasts. Whether you're hiking, basking on the beaches, snorkeling or indulging in a bit of critter-watching, it's a symphony of outdoor delights that awaits.

Beaches - Playa Negra, Playa Manzanillo, Playa Chiquita, Playa Punta Uva and Playa Blanca are all noteworthy - although you really can't go wrong with any beach here.

Take a guided tour to visit the indigenous Bribi Tribe and learn about their culture.

Day trips

Tortuga National Park - Can be added on as a day or overnight trip through Exploradores Outdoors.

While not necessarily a day trip, Bocas del Toro can easily be combined with Puerto Viejo. There are many options for private transfer, ferries and buses. While Puerto Viejo has more casual accommodations, you can find some more luxe options here to balance it out.

Places to eat & drink in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Rice & Beans W/ Red Snapper at La NENA, a Caribbean restaurant.
  • Bread & Chocolate - bakery, cafe and bean to bar chocolate. Delicious.

  • El Rincon Porteno - Argentinian

  • Que Quilombo - Argentinian

  • Señor Pargo - Located in the tiny town of Manzanillo.

  • La Pecora Nera Ristorante

  • Da Lime at Hotel Aguas Claras - Beach loungers, fun cocktails and a few "healthier" food options.

  • Reggae Bar - Great for post surf drinks and casual Caribbean food right on the beach.

  • La NENA - Caribbean food

Need to Know

Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, Local’s Guide to Estes Park, Colorado.

Advisor - Rhonda Martin

Travel Advisor

Rhonda Martin

Get in touch with Rhonda

Did you like this guide? Reach out to customize and book your own experience. Or, just to chat about travel in general.

You can normally expect a response from Rhonda within a business day or so. You’ll also be subscribed to our travel newsletter (you can unsubscribe at any time).

This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Costa Rica.