Postcard From Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo is a surfer’s party town. By day everyone hits the beaches, by night the reggae bars are the place to be.


Why go?

This ocean side town is only five hours and $8 from Costa Rica’s capital. Its multiple beaches, Caribbean cuisine and laidback attitude make it the ideal place to spend a whole week when travelling slowly.

My highlights

I spent a day cycling south to Punta Uva, taking in the beaches and a hike up the Red Cliff along the way, from where there’s a great view of Punta Arecife beach. I loved watching the birds before breakfast from the tranquility of my hostel’s garden. After a day at the beach, my favourite spot was Johnny’s Bar on the edge of Playa Negra – a great place to watch the sunset.

In Hindsight…

I wish I’d realised how expensive it is to eat and drink out in Puerto Viejo. The cheapest meals with a beer cost around $7 and more expensive restaurants charge much more. Searching for hostels that have a kitchen and include breakfast in their price is a great idea!

7 thoughts on “Postcard From Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

    1. We did indeed! Apparently the black volcanic sand is also meant to have healing properties and be good for the skin so we also rolled around in that quite a bit too 🙂 The sea is so very warm here compared to the UK, that it only just about cools you off!

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  1. Did you see any sloths?? We saw loads in the stretch of jungle between the beach and road down to Playa Cocles!


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