Costa Rica Expat City Guide

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Known formally as Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Puerto Viejo de Limón, or simply Puerto Viejo Costa Rica, this Caribbean town is renowned for its exceptional surfing, diverse flora and fauna, and unique blend of Afro-Caribbean, native BriBri, Costa Rican, and international cultures from a diverse expat community.

While traditional Costa Rican cuisine is a staple, the town also boasts an impressive range of international culinary offerings, as well as a strong presence of Jamacian and Rastafarian culture throughout the community.

Despite its status as the most popular tourist destination on this side of the country, Puerto Viejo still retains its small-town charm. The region is replete with natural wonders, including Cahuita National Park, the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, popular beaches such as Playa Chiquita, Playa Negra, and Punta Uva, and one of the country’s most powerful surf breaks: Salsa Brava.

Sloths, howler monkeys, and a vast array of parrot species are just a few of the creatures that call this region home. Visitors can partake in a variety of activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving coral reefs, taking canopy tours, hiking, kayaking, and biking around the region.

The villages of Cahuita and Manzanillo, which surround Puerto Viejo, are also a popular destination for travelers heading south into Panama’s coastline, including the idyllic Bocas del Toro.

Puerto Viejo Location

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Puerto Viejo Climate

Climate Type: Tropical Rainforest

Located in the southern region of Costa Rica, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca experiences relatively stable temperatures due to its proximity to the equator. The average high temperature throughout the year is around 30°C (87°F), while the average low temperature is 22°C (71°F). In terms of temperature fluctuations, the coolest month is November with a high of 29°C (84°F), whereas the warmest month is April with a high of 32°C (89°F). Additionally, Puerto Viejo’s sunrise and sunset times show minimal variation due to its location, with both occurring around 6am and 6pm, respectively. Despite the favorable climate, rain is still a possibility in the area, which is characterized by two seasons: wet and very wet.

Puerto Viejo Weather

Puerto Limón, CR
7:11 am
weather icon 25°C | °F
L: 25° H: 26°
broken clouds
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:12 am
Sunset: 5:55 pm

At a Glance

Popular Expat Neighborhoods: Black Beach, Cahuita, Manzanillo, Paraiso Bribri, Playa Chiquita, Playa Negra, Playa Viejo de Talamanca, Punta Cocles, Punta Uva

Largest Regional City: Limón

Vibe: beach, ocean, tourist, rural, adventure-seeking, locals town

Distance to Nearest International Airport: Liberia International Airport or Juan Santamaria International Airport – 232 kilometers (144 miles) – approx. 4 hours 20 minutes without heavy traffic


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