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Key Info

11 miles south of Cahuita

Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

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Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.3

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, located on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, comes alive with reggae music, funky bamboo bars and a wild nightlife. Surfers crowd coconut-fringed Cocles Beach; nature-lovers venture inland to explore rainforests; and foodies check out downtown's delectable cuisine. Off the beaten path, you'll find dusty biking and walking paths running through tropical farms and gardens. Along the coast, you'll discover remote bungalows and empty stretches of sand.

Travelers recommend visiting Playa Negra's black-sand beach – located in the northwest end of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca – for a less touristy retreat. Visit between September and October for the best chance of sunlight in this often damp, tropical region.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is located about 11 miles south of Cahuita in the Limón province. The easiest way to reach Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is by car or public bus from Cahuita. From San José, the trip will take three to four hours by car and roughly five hours by bus. For more information, check out our guide to Getting Around Costa Rica.

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The Nicoya Peninsula's sparkling 80-mile shoreline boasts beach-centric towns with cream-colored shores and dense forests. Half of the peninsula is found in the Guanacaste province, while the other half sits in the Puntarenas province. Nosara Beach's powdery sands line the Nicoya Peninsula's western edge. You'll also find fishing and cattle-ranching communities east of the rustic coastline. After a significant rise in tourism that began in the 1970s, an influx of restaurants and hotels have enticed visitors to the peninsula's sandy coast.

Recent travelers highlight Nosara Beach's gorgeous sunsets, colorful fish and turquoise waters as ideal for surfers and beach lovers alike. But be warned: shade is minimal (and it gets hot!) and the undertow can be challenging; sunset walks on the beach are highly encouraged. Other hot spots include Mal País and Montezuma, a charming coastal town that boasts affordable hotel accommodations and untamed splendors, like magnificent waterfalls and gentle cerulean waves.

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