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Puerto Viejo
Travel Planning
Puerto Viejo

Puerto Viejo at a Glance

Puerto Viejo is a beach town along Costa Rica's Caribbean coast. The town is an interesting mix of die-hard surfers and beach-going families. Depending on which shoreline you chose, the waves can be formidable or calm. Families and beach goers find miles of gorgeous sandy shores and surfers discover Salsa Brava, Puerto Viejo's famous wave. 

When you aren't enjoying the water or making perfect sandcastles, Puerto Viejo has a lot to see and do. Enjoy a good selection of restaurants, hotels and bars that cater towards tourists. Explore native flora and fauna with hikes and side-trips to the jungle. Botanical gardens and cocoa plantations are cool places to stop in and learn about local agriculture. A short drive away, explore Parque Nacional Cahuita where one of Costa Rica's last living coral reefs is protected from boats, sand and silt.

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High Season
December - May
Low Season
June - November
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Tobías Bolaños International Airport
      • Major Airport Juan Santamaria International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Costa Rica requires that tourists have proof of return ticket to their home country. Tourists must also be able to prove their financial solvency. If you are traveling to Costa Rica from regions with Yellow Fever, you must present an international certification of vaccination. Tourists need to present a valid passport for entry. American tourists do not need a visa for visits of under 90 days. For more information, contact the Costa Rican Consulate, or visit the U.S State Department website. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Activity: Earthquakes and tremors occur frequently in Costa Rica. Tropical storms between June and November could also affect Puerto Viejo.

      Safety Concerns Petty crime and theft are the biggest threats to travelers' security. Watch for pickpockets and leave your valuables in the hotel safe, or keep them out of sight on your person. Never leave belongings unattended on the beach and only carry what you need.

      Health Concerns Costa Rica has good water in all but the most rural areas. If you are unsure about the water, boil it vigorously for 1-2 minutes. Get good insect repellent and sleep with a net and insecticide if you sleep outside or in sub-standard housing. The poisonous fer-de-lance snake hides in grass and is something to avoid when hiking. If bitten by this potentially fatal snake, immediate medical attention is required. Swimmers need to be aware of rip-tides and the drownings they cause each year. Examine the signs on beaches before hopping in and talk with locals to find out safe areas.