About Puerto Viejo

Puerto Viejo is the hub of tourism in the southern Caribbean coast fo Costa Rica. Home to some of the most pristine beaches and abundant wildlife in the country, this is a mostly hidden paradise. The real estate market is active and on the rise with increased access to the area as the government invests more in the infrastructure. What used to be dusty dirt roads have now been paved but the laidback Caribbean vibe is as strong as ever.

This is an international town but before the expansion of tourism in the area Puerto Viejo or also known as Old Harbor was a small fishing village. Here you will find indigenous BriBri and Cabeca culture as well as afro-Caribbean roots and culture from Jamaican. The food in this region of Costa is unlike any other part of the country, the cultural and gastronomical influences here are unique to the zone and some of the best flavors in Central America. Here we are one, trying to live as one with ourselves and with nature.

If you could describe Puerto Viejo in one word…. WILD. It is totally common to see two and three toed sloths or Howler Monkeys at any given moment of any given day. Talamanca, the Canton where Puerto Viejo is located is 88% protect land, between maritime zone, national parks, wildlife refuge, and indigenous territory. Finding the right place to buy or build requires the assistance of a knowledgable agent.

Salsa Brava and Cocles beaches are the main attraction for international surfers, more often between the months of September and December, and then again during the months of April, June and July. The Salsa Brava swell is world famous for its reefy, side shore power wave preferred only by the hard-core professional surfers.  Our beaches in Caribe Sur host various International Surf Competitions held throughout the year.

About Playa Chiquita

Playa Chiquita is a small hidden beach located just three miles south of Puerto Viejo between Playa Cocles and Punta Uva. This is one of the most secluded beaches in Caribe Sur because it cannot be easily accessed by cars or bike. One of the best beaches for snorkeling is Playa Chiquita which has a small reef on its north side. The beaches of Playa Chiquita are not easily accessible by car, beautiful walking trails line the beach where you can walk in total peace. This area is without a doubt one of the least traveled areas of all of Caribe Sur. Just down the road with a larger reef and longer beach, Punta Uva is a pleasant alternative also providing terrific swimming possibilities. Manzanillo, the last town south of Puerto Viejo, has the biggest reef and is also better equipped for those interested in snorkeling.

About Punta Uva

Punta Uva is know as one of the best beaches in not only Costa Rica, but has been ranked as one of the best beaches in the world. Here you can find the Caribbean dream you have been searching for. The ocean is calm inside the reefs that surround Playa Punta Uva making it one of the most beautiful places to swim in the salty Caribbean Sea. With a larger reef and longer beach, Punta Uva is a pleasant place that provides terrific swimming possibilities. Here you will find the Dive Center next door to Sirenas Restaurant. From this area, you can rent professional equipment and venture on your own, or you can find a certififed guide to bring you to specific locations; or perhaps, take part in the special “Dolphins Watch Tour” which is a real treat!!! Punta Uva is by far one of the most popular beach destinations in all of Caribe Sur.

About Manzanillo

Located 12 kilometros south of Puerto Viejo, Manzanillo is the last stop at the end of the road. A quiet beach town made up of fisherman and rich in Caribbean culture. Manzanillo is home to the Gandoca Manzanillo Mixed Wildlife Refuge. This is a unique refuge and one of the largest in the region. The refuge begins on the beach side of the main road at the Rio Cocles to the Rio Ernesto in Punta Uva, where it then stretches well inland through Punta Uva, Manzanillo, Gandoca and up to the Sixaola River seperating Panama from Costa Rica. The refuge is a sanctuary for marine and wildlife and is one of the few parks along with Cahuita National Park that protect the surrounding Coral reef. It is a “mixed use” refuge, thus allowing individuals to live within it’s boundaries under a formal zoning and environmental regulatory plan. Land within the refuge but outside of the Maritime Zone can be titled and owned by private citizens. This is an area where most properties tend to be larger in size and a significant improvement in the quality and quantity of wildlife is well noted.

About Cahuita

Located 20 minutes north of Puerto Viejo, Cahuita is offers a calm and quiet vibe for anyone who wants to get away from the hustle of the big city. The Cahuita National Park is the main attraction for visitors to the southern Caribbean coast. The park is one of the best places in all of Costa Rica to see wildlife in their natural habitat up close and personal.

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