Costa Rica Puerto Viejo Beach

Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast offers warm tropical atmosphere, beautiful National Parks, crystal clear blue waters, and local inhabitants that are colorful and rich in their culture as well as in their history. “Hands Down” Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast has the best food, the best music and rhythm, and two of the most beautiful National Parks in Costa Rica, Tortuguero National Park in the North Caribbean Coast and Manzanillo National Park in the South Caribbean Coast.

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  Hotels on the Caribbean Coast  

On the Caribbean Coast you will find a wide selection of hotels, from Luxurious Jungle Resorts to Budget Hotels, Cabins, Bed and Breakfasts, Lodges, and Vacation Rentals.

We recommend three main destinations on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast; Tortuguero National Park with its amazing biodiversity and the famous yearly turtle nesting phenomenon, the small fishermen village of Puerto Viejo and the beaches that are located south to Puerto Viejo including Cocles Beach and Manzanillo.

  Hotels in Tortuguero

Hotels in Tortuguero characterize in their Nature Oriented architecture and in the abundance of nature related activities they offer. Tortuguero National Park is a perfect example of a tropical rain forest. You can go on boat or kayak tours on Tortuguero’s canals or hike through the forest trails. Famous hotels are the Pachira Lodge, the Samoa Lodge and Mawamba Lodge, all offer professional and warm service, clean rooms and a great experience in nature.

  Hotels in Puerto Viejo  
  Puerto Viejo and the southern beaches offer a great variety of hotels and lodging options. Most of the hotels are fairly small with 10 to 20 rooms to be the average. This gives to most hotels in Puerto Viejo a family like feeling, with personal service and warmth. Most hotels are built as wooden cabins, usually set in the jungle or on the beach. Some hotels offer a pool, restaurant and room service while others offer just clean rooms and the famous Caribbean hospitality. Hotels to look for in Puerto Viejo are; Hotel Cariblue offering beautiful bungalows amidst the great tropical jungle, a restaurant and a pool, Hotel Cariblue is just 1 minute walk from Cocles Beach South to Puerto Viejo, also recommended is Azania Bungalows with beautiful wooden bungalows, swimming pool, bar and a small lounge where guests have their breakfast in the morning, also recommended is Hotel Almonds and Corals located a few miles South to Puerto Viejo offering Luxurious Fully Equipped Jungle Tents in the middle of the Rain Forest with a restaurant a Rain Forest Jacuzzi and a real experience of Costa Rica’s tropics.
You can click on the following link to receive more information about the available hotels in Puerto Viejo and the Caribbean. Browse, see the hotel’s photos, learn about the rates and what each hotel offer. You can also submit a reservation using our online reservation system.
  Activities and Tours in Tortuguero

The main activities in Tortuguero are nature hikes, boat tours and kayaking on Tortuguero’s Canals. The main attraction in Tortuguero is the nesting turtles during the months of July and August. Most tour packages include guided tours with expert guides that explain about the flora and fauna of Tortuguero.
Visiting Tortuguero is the “real deal” when it comes to jungle exploration and rain forest tours.

For more information about the tours and activities available for Tortuguero you can click on the following link and learn about the packages we offer.

  Activities and Tours in Puerto Viejo
  Puerto Viejo is the Chill-Out Mecca of Costa Rica, main activities are; baking in the Sun on Cocles Beach and relaxing, or riding on you’re bicycles you’ve just rented to other Southern Beaches such as Uvita Beach, Playa Grande or Manzanillo. For us, Uvita and Manzanillo are two amazing and special beaches. Many of Costa Rica’s top ranked Surfers come from the small village of Puerto Viejo as they got to practice on the notorious reef break called Salsa Brava with waves getting to 12 ft. and 16 ft. in size.
  Other than Surf and relaxing in the sun, there are many eco-related activities, snorkeling in the crystal turquoise waters of the Manzanillo National Park and Reef, visiting the Bri Bri indigenous people, going for a hike to the local beautiful waterfalls, 4X4 Quad Tours, Canopy Tours and a small butterfly farm are a few of the available activities.

You can click on the following link to learn more about the available activities in Puerto Viejo.

How to Get to Puerto Viejo?
  By Car:  
  To get from San Jose to Puerto Viejo you should take the Limon highway through the cloud forest of Braulio Carrillo National Park, passing Guápiles and Siquirres on the way to the port city of Limón (Till Limon it is about 2 – 3 hours drive) – if you get to Limon during Lunch time or dinner don’t miss “Black’s” restaurant – delicious Caribbean Cuisine in its best! After Limon turn South onto the palm fringed coastal scenic road passing Cahuita and then through the village of Puerto Viejo continuing about a mile south to Azània Bungalows. Total time should be between 3 – 4.5 hours and it depends on who is sitting behind the wheel and of course the traffic.
If you wish to learn more about the available vehicles that we provide you can click on the following link, pick and choose from the 10 biggest car rental companies in Costa Rica. Also you can make a search for the chipset deals for specific models by going to our home page and submit a car rental query.
  By Bus:  

To get from San Jose to Puerto Viejo by public transportation you can take the direct busses going out of the "Gran Terminal del Caribe" (6:00 am, 10:00 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm) to Puerto Viejo from "Gran Terminal del Caribe" or a private transfer in a minibus service.

  By Shuttle Service


Easy fast and convenient shuttle service in Costa Rica is one of the best ways to get around. To Puerto Viejo there is one shuttle service that leaves San Jose every day at 6:30 am, if you need to leave San Jose later in the day contact us and we will help you out giving you other options.
Learn more about the available schedule and rates, and you are welcome to reserve a shuttle service online with us.

  Driving Tips  

Driving in Costa Rica is an excellent way to see the countryside but can also be a dangerous experience. If you decide not to use the services of a professional driver, consider following these safety tips:
· Be aware that Costa Ricans practice aggressive driving habits.
· Main roads are reasonably good and connect all major towns.
· Smaller roads range from fair to poor condition and may require the use of 4 wheel drive vehicles.
· Roads are poorly numbered and marked and it is helpful to know landmarks you should expect to encounter along your route.
· Allow extra time in your schedule to account for traffic delays.
· Never leave anything in your unattended vehicle or be ready to deal with robbery reports in the local police station.
· Don’t drive at night when potholes and turn-offs are difficult to see.
· If you drive on a beach, stay off the area just above the high tide line and the trees – this is where sea turtles make their nests.
· If you see a branch or pile of sticks in the road, slow down! This is the Tico version of a road flare and indicates danger ahead.
Costa Rica strictly enforces its seatbelt laws. Front seat passengers should always wear seatbelts, not only for safety, but also to avoid a ticket.

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