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Why Visit Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica?

"Relaxed and easy going, the low key surfer town of Puerto Viejo, tucked away on the southern Caribbean coast, is full of good vibes!"

Puerto Viejo is a sleepy and quirky beach town situated on the Caribbean coast in Costa Rica’s far flung south eastern corner. Expect surf shacks, bamboo bars and the sound of reggae music wafting down the dusty streets. Beaches are wild and beautiful and fringed by thick jungle where sloths hang lazily in the trees. Further along the southern Caribbean coast there is the Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, a fantastic spot for enjoying Costa Rica’s tropical nature. Bike rides are a favourite pass time in this relaxed and lesser visited region. There is also good kayaking and snorkeling. It is a more off the beaten path destination that is slowly becoming more popular due to some lovely new hotels recently opening. It is one of our favourite corners of the country!

Map of Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica

When is the Best Time to Visit Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica?

Puerto Viejo and the Caribbean side of Costa Rica generally has quite unpredictable weather. The usual ‘dry’ and ‘green’ seasons are less defined here and rain falls more evenly throughout the year.

January until May is a popular time to go because it coincides with the dry season in the rest of the country. However, the months of August to October are the driest here and a great time to visit, which is the opposite to the rest of the country.

Please bear in mind that this area is rainforest and you should expect rain at any time of year.
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What are the Highlights of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica?

As a lesser visited area of Costa Rica, Puerto Viejo has retained its easy charm and relaxed, local way of life.
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Manzanillo Refuge
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Carribean Villages
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★ Take a bike tour along the coast through Caribbean villages

★ Go kayaking or snorkeling at Punta Uva

★ Explore Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge

★ Visit the indigenous Cachabri Indian Community

★ Venture further to Cahuita National Park

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Check out our selection of breathtaking destinations in Costa Rica from the mysterious jungle canals of Tortuguero in the north to the vibrant and remote rainforests of the Osa Peninsula in the south. In between you will find volcanoes, idyllic beaches and misty cloud forests all teeming with wildlife!
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