Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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My first step on the Carribean coast since I’m in Costa rica!



Puerto Viejo is a cool town, pretty chill, weed, loads of bars and party, surfing when the weather allows it. Typical backpacker destination. It definitely the kind of small place where you can wake up one day and tell yourself: « it’s been 3 weeks already?! ». The main beach had this fascinating black sand, something I had never seen before.

I wanted to go visit the Jaguar Rescue Center, which is an animal rescue center you can visit and also volunteer. As I asked a taxi driver to bring me there, he explained that the tours start in the morning and sometimes need to be booked… So I walked down the main road and there are some really much nicer beaches, much more wild and on top of that, there were some sloths in the trees on the way. I ended up in Playa Cocles and if I had rented a bike, I would have gone on to Playa Punta Uva

The other activities I would have liked to do are the Chocolate tour and the Cahuita National Park or the Gandoca Manzanillo Refuge which are supposed to be good. Although it’s true by the time you get to Puerto Viejo, you’re kind of done with all the National Parks…



I stayed at the quite famous Lionfish hostel. It’s a good backpacker hostel. Friendly people, party hostel. Not that clean, bathrooms are not that great, but it’s the deal.

The other ultra famous one I was recommended but had no more room, is Rocking J’s.


 Get there and away:

  • From Puerto Viejo, you can go either go back to San José, go North towards Puntarenas or continue South to Panama.


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