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Introducing Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
I fell in love with Puerto Viejo during my first visit in 2012 and I am still in love with it.
This little town is unique in Costa Rica because of its mix of cultures and people. It is home to Costa Ricans, Afro-Caribbean descendants, expat Europeans and North Americans, and indigenous Costa Ricans. Someone told me once that 72 countries are represented in Puerto Viejo!
Rastafarian culture has a firm foothold in the town too, and with it comes some strong beliefs about life, love, peace, faith and “Jah” (God).
Puerto Viejo is still off the beaten path. It is truly a magical spot.
Puerto Viejo has no golf courses, marinas, country clubs, tennis courts, and almost no swimming pools. Quite opposite, it attracts a different kind of people. With its boutique hotels, little stores and shops, bars and restaurants, beaming nightlife, beautiful white and black sand beaches, diverse wildlife, it has a truly colorful and vibrant spirit.
The beaches around the Puerto Viejo area are simply gorgeous and quite diverse. Playa Negra, to the north of town, is good for both swimming and surfing, but is better known for the dark brown and black sand. The beaches in front of the town are mostly white sand and protected by coral reefs. South of town, Playa Cocles and Playa Chiquita are well-known for their postcard perfect white sand beaches that are backed by shady palm trees.
There are two national parks/jungles around Puerto Viejo. Both Manzanillo, located south of Puerto Viejo, and Cahuita National Park, just ten miles north, are ideal places for seeing monkeys, sloths, toucans, iguanas, snakes, and a wide variety of birds as well as marine life while scuba diving and snorkeling.
Puerto Viejo has been home to some of Costa Rica’s most legendary surf competitions, parties, and cuisines.
Because of its diverse population, it offers a vast variety of dining options from fresh local Seafood to Sushi, Mexican, Italian, Argentinian steakhouses and so much more. You can also buy fish or a lobster from fisherman right after they come back from fishing, around noontime. It could not be more fresh that that! 🙂
Puerto Viejo is a central point of Coastal Talamanca, and it is the most bi-lingual region of Costa Rica.
I hope you will love it as much as I do! 🙂