Although small, the town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is perfect for relaxing, being close to nature, and a touch of adventure. Coliving in this small town attracts many because no matter what you do or where you go, you feel like you are on vacation on an island paradise. Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is the hidden gem of Costa Rica.
The town is in southeast Costa Rica right on the Caribbean coast. With coral reefs, extensive wildlife, and rain forest, the town is a natural gold mine. The beaches alone bring many visitors, with the soft sand, beautiful water, and shade provided by only the most impressive palm trees. Unlike many other places, most things are within 30 minutes of the town. White sand beaches like Playa Chiquita and Playa Blanca are only a short bike ride away.
Whether you prefer staying above the surface or below, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca has you covered. Playa Cocles is a perfect spot for surf lessons. The surf is entirely worth it no matter if you are an experienced surfer or just starting out. Other popular activities are snorkeling and scuba diving.
For a little bit of an adventure, the Pacuare River is the place to be. As one of the best rivers in the world for white water rafting, you will not be disappointed. If you want to see some wildlife, the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge is perfect. With both extensive animal and plant life, there is so much to see from turtles to crocodiles. There are options for both guided or not hikes depending on your preference.
If you are interested in learning more about the local culture and traditions, you should consider touring a local community. The BriBri are indigenous to Costa Rica, residing in the mountainous areas. It is also possible to take a local chocolate tour given its abundance in and around Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.
The easiest way to get around is a bike, with a bike and scooter rentals costing next to nothing, this mode of transport provides the most freedom at a low price.
Most nomads looking for a small piece of heaven end up coliving in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Some find it hard to leave the serenity.
Here are some fun facts about Puerto Viejo de Talamanca:
- Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is home to a famous Jaguar Rescue Center, taking in injured wildlife to treat them and release them back into the wild
- Although Playa Negra is known for its black sand beach, it is even more known for its fantastic surf
- The nearest gas station is 3 miles out of town
- Puerto Viejo de Talamanca has many cafés offering reliable Internet