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Puerto Viejo Beach

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
+506 2750 2020
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Waves were high, 10-15 foot swells and strong riptide. Red flag warnings while there last month

go to Puerto Viejo in Oct. or Sept. All our snorkeling and such was cancelled during Christmas... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2016
Boise, Idaho
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This is probably the least desirable beach around PV. It's really close to town so there is... read more

Reviewed 1 January 2016
Jeff H
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This public beach is popular with surfers.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good29%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
+506 2750 2020

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Reviewed 4 January 2016

go to Puerto Viejo in Oct. or Sept. All our snorkeling and such was cancelled during Christmas break.

Thank yougharm
Reviewed 1 January 2016

This is probably the least desirable beach around PV. It's really close to town so there is significant trash. It's the least touristy beach as well. The waves are small and the swimming is good though. More postcard-esque beaches can be found nearby at Cocles,...More

Thank Jeff H
Reviewed 30 December 2015

There are other beaches, nicer, fewer people, cleaner down the coast. Its convenient here, beach, sun surf go for lunch beer back to beach. That's nice. But if you want nice sand, solitude, trees right to the edge of the water, try Punta uva, cockles,...More

Thank Warren C
Reviewed 28 December 2015

If you're into surfing some good waves then bring you're boards out for a day of fun and constant non-stop waves to ride. If surfing is your thing then you're in like flynn.....

Thank SkyGuy247
Reviewed 25 December 2015

this beach has less waves than the other ones around, a little stall where you can rent kayaks and get little souvenirs, and you can either hang out where all the people are or go down a little further and find your own private nook....More

Thank createdreality
Reviewed 23 December 2015 via mobile

This is a place to go if you hate crowds because they certainly aren't here. This place is remote. I didn't see over 50 people at the beach. The waves look a little scary. But really pretty place made for sitting at the beach with...More

Thank Jon S
Reviewed 21 December 2015

Puerto Viejo and the neighboring beaches (Playa Negra, Punta Uva and Manzanillo) are the most beautiful beaches in all Costa Rica. A lot of places to eat, cheap or expensive ones, typical Caribbean food if you want to try it (it is a very nice...More

Thank William R
Reviewed 20 December 2015 via mobile

A beautiful beach that's an earthly paradise. Lots of green, sand and cafe's to buy a delicious cocktail to relax and enjoying the view. The water is clear and clean but not super clear, that's because of the turbulent waves, sand and black vulcano sand...More

Thank Gabster20
Reviewed 19 December 2015

I enjoyed the town / shops/ bars. The beach was good but with some cleaning up It could have been great.

Thank TDO8
Reviewed 17 December 2015

Nice beach, with the beatiful caribean ocean. Begin here and go up, to the down to the other beaches. The beaches only getting better

Thank Christiaan O
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I am taking the bus to Puerto Viejo from San Jose. I am staying at The Lotus Garden and the only address indicated is - across from Salsa Brava. How far is this from the bus station? Can I walk, if so, in what direction or take taxi/local bus, if any. What is Salsa Brava? Thanks in advance.
10 March 2015|
Response from martin4010 |
I am planning to take the bus from the airport (SJO) to my hotel in San Jose (located at Avenida 11 between 3 & 5th Streets) so where should I get off the bus (or ask driver to let me know) so that I can walk the remainder... More