Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Originally published July 2010
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a small surfing town on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.
Long known as a top surfing destination, Puerto Viejo has managed to remain under the radar for some time thanks to it’s hard-to-get-to location (it’s a 4 hour drive from the airport!) and lack of resorts and amenities. It’s less busy than Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast and has a more laid back Afro-Caribbean vibe. It’s definitely not the place to go for fancy spa treatments or to drink over priced cocktails at an over sized pool all day. It’s more about ramshackle bars and cafes and quiet, secluded beaches and surf spots.
However, it’s not just about camping on the beach either. Recently a few cool, affordable boutique style hotels have opened in the area making it more appealing for those of us that appreciate a little style and clean sheets on vacation. Le Cameleon is the area’s luxury hotel with rates starting at about $200/night and the artsy bungalows at Shawandha Lodge start around $110/night. There is also a decent number of cute beach cottages, jungle bungalows and garden retreats you can rent on VRBO if you don’t want to stay in a hotel.
Puerto Viejo is about a 5 hour flight from NYC, and depending when you go, a round trip flight will cost between $350-$500.
Read more about Puerto Viejo in the NY Times.