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“There are several beaches in puerto viejo, here some tips.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Puerto Viejo Beach

Puerto Viejo Beach
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Owner description: This public beach is popular with surfers.
San Jose, Costa Rica
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“There are several beaches in puerto viejo, here some tips.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2013

Hey there... so going or staying at puerto? here some points that can help you.

There are several small beaches at Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica (the caribean side). The almost very first one you will see when arriving to Puerto is called "Playa Negra", is a dark sand beach, you will recognize it cause there is an old sipwreck too... the spot is ok, some peoplego there cause the waves are not as strong as in other spots and fewr people go.

The one that is in Puerto Viejo downtown is named "Salsa Brava". As soon as you go into Puerto an pass through the small town you will see on your left a spot (is like a tiny market) where people sell hand crafts and some sort of souvenirs... as soon as you cross that area what you see on your left is salsa... is a reef & rock spot, if waves are pumping you better know what you are doing if planning to surf this spot, let me tell you is not for beginners, the wave is very hollow, strong and suck water over the reef so be careful, in the other hand if you like to get barreled then go! There are several places to and buy a drink or two... or lots of them :P also you get a nice view and chill environment.

The next beach you will see if you continue down the road is "Cocles", for me this is a beautiful beach, lovely one... is a white sand beach with crystal water and a wide space for everyone. If is not raining you will be able to take advantage of it and stay there a good amount of time. The beach is close to Puerto, if driving you can park your car right on front and chill there... My advise take a small cooler box with a few drinks and relax. The enviroment is good, close by there are some restaurants and shops where you can buy things.. (Piripli mini store is 7 min away down the road if you walk... and yes, 7 min.. chill mode, puerto mode..) The currents are strong on this spot some times so be careful, usually there is no deep water but just be safe.

There are other beaches down the road that you might want to check (I´m taking about 30 min or so by car or renting a bike which is very very common at Puerto...) "Punta Uva" which is also another small piece of paradise, good for swimming and chilling out, "Playa Grande" which is another spot, where you have the white sand, quite a few palm trees and nice waves for surfing... there are currents here too so if you go for a dive be safe... aaaaaanddd "Manzanillo" which is the name of the national reserve and beach area... this last one is right at the end of the road, and you can chill there for sometime or go into a very nice walk too...

For me the best ones are Cocles and Punta Uva if you are planning to chill and have some cool times at the sun. Now if you are surfing, Cocles is also a good choice, the wave is strong and you will have to take of quickly but you do feel the wave power... Learning to surf is ok here too but if there is no swell... if there is waves will be strong.

Puerto Viejo in general is a lovely place.. make sure to save a few days for this spot. Depending on the season you will have lots of sun and chill times.

OTHER TIPS:
There are 2 banks, BCR and BNCR, they are located at the entrance of the puerto viejo town (coming from Limon) on your right hand side.

Supermarkets: The further you go from Puerto downtown the more expensive it gets so try to get your stuff at the "Megasuper" supermarket, if not close from Puerto/cocles some good options are "Piripli" or the "Duende" mini-store this last one is from a cool Swiss guy named "moreno".

Buy "paty" and "plantinta", those are local tipical empanadas... one is chilli and the otherone sweet... very good.

The lamps, there is a spot where a guy sells these lamps made out of paper with leaves inside, very nice and is a good memory is you like to take one home.

The locals, they are usually very cool and friendly...they know how to speak English and they also speak "criolle" or "Patua". As in every place in the world you better keep you belongings safe cause you never know the intentions of the other people but in general they are cool and nice... guys might be a bit stubborn with the girls but nothing to be concerned of, let me tell you one of the best things of puerto is the people.

The bikes, make sure to rent one somewhere, they should not be expensive and they will give you lots of freedom and good times. The transportation is not good so the best way to know puerto is having a chill ride with a bike... they also rent the chain and lock in the case that you want to leave the bike close by and go for a swim for example.

The weather, it varies.., expect high humidity for sure. Now as for the sun and rain.. sometimes you might even have both at the same time. Jan, Feb, March and April are good months to get sun but the caribean is hard to predict with the rain topic so be ready just in case.

Go for a run, this is a lovely spot to go for a run (jogging) and enjoy the beauty of nature. Give you body some good air and mental clean up too.. :)

Drugstores, there are 2 that I know of in Puerto Viejo downtown, prices are a bit higher but decent.

Bus service, the CARIBEÑOS bus line will take you there... San José,Terminal del Caribe.CalleCentral,Ave.15. Phone: +(506) ....2222-0610, 2257-6859, 2766-6740.

Have fun at Puerto, try the rise and beans with coconut too!

Visited March 2013
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“The great vibe beach town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2013

This little beach town has it all: great vibe, fabulous, albeit reefy/rocky beach, with intermittent sandy strips, wildly green jungle athmosphere, professional and outgoing local folks, well stocked shops and restaurants for every budget, lots of accomodation types 2 choose from.
I really enjoyed the "vibe" of this place!
Not a silky swim beach, but as I understand, there are good ones a few miles away of that sort as well.

Visited March 2013
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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“There are so many!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2013

From Cocles to Playa Negra there is endless fun in the sun. The Black fine sand of Playa Negra is beautiful but it gets hot and shade can be limited. This is an ideal place to learn to surf as the waves are small and there are no rocks. If you are a runner, this is your dream. on a day when the beach is flat at dawn and dusk, you can run to your heart's content. This is also a good place to swim for exercise as you can go just past the break line and its like a never ending lap-pool. Cocles is your iconic caribbean beach, complete with surf pros a guy that sells coconuts with guaro. Probably one of my favorite places in the world! Keep it clean!

Visited June 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Beautiful & safe beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2013

The beach here is great - clean, beautiful and warm water. Its also very gentle, and you don't have to worry about a "rip tide". I am already looking forward to going back!

Visited February 2013
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“Not great”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2013

Puerto Viejo is not a great beach, unless you are a surfer. The town is quite lively though and has a nice vibe. Nicer beaces in the area are Punta Uva and Playa Chiquita, which are a few kilometers away.

Visited February 2013
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