Puerto Viejo De Talamanca Tourism, Costa Rica

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a coastal town in Talamanca in Limón Province in southeastern Costa Rica, known simply as Puerto Viejo to locals. The town was originally called Old Harbor until the Spanish central Costa Rican government institutionalized Spanish as the new local language and changed the names of the towns and landmarks in the area from English to Spanish. Fields became Bri Bri. Bluff became Cahuita. The Afro-Caribbean English speaking culture was actively dismantled. There is another town commonly known as Puerto Viejo in northeastern Costa Rica, which can confuse visitors. Buses leaving the same San José station for either of the Puerto Viejos display the same destination, "Puerto Viejo". Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a popular tourist destination. It is known in the surfing community for the biggest and most powerful wave in Costa Rica, known as Salsa Brava. It is also home to beautiful beaches, such as Playa Chiquita, Playa Negra, and Punta Uva, which are a few of Costa Rica's most spectacular beaches which can be found between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo. Manzanillo is a popular location for kayaking and is 13 km (8 mi) south along the beach. The popular Jaguar Rescue Centre is nearby. Many tourists stop in Puerto Viejo en route to the Panamanian border at Sixaola. This border crossing is popular with people going to and from Bocas del Toro. Puerto Viejo offers the closest accommodations, restaurants, and services to the border. The small border towns of Sixaola and Guabito, Panama are 49 km (30 mi) south of Puerto Viejo. The border towns have no accommodations or restaurants. The townspeople are made up of ticos (native Costa Ricans), a substantial Jamaican population, as well as a number of Europeans who have emigrated to the area. The outskirts of town and the mountains are home to the Bribri Indians. The howler monkey is native to the region.


Discover the beauty of the city's striking landscope, welcome to Puerto Viejo De Talamanca, Costa Rica. A gripping city on its own right, Cahuita also deserves a visit. So, ideally any vacation planner would recommend you to visit Cahuita for its bountiful attractions like Tortuguero National Park, Cahuita National Park, Sobre Las Olas on your trip to Puerto Viejo De Talamanca. A vacation to Puerto Viejo De Talamanca can typically be of 1-2 days. Immerse in the spirit of the city and you'll not miss your home.

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  • Puerto Viejo De Talamanca: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Puerto Viejo De Talamanca for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Puerto Viejo De Talamanca.

    • Burglary and Theft 93.75 (Very High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 93.75 (Very High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 100 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 75 (High)
    • Car Stealing 81.25 (Very High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 93.75 (Very High)
    • Attacks 91.67 (Very High)
    • Drug offense 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 25 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 50 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 93.75 (Very High)
  • Living in Puerto Viejo De Talamanca - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 12.89 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 17.14 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Puerto Viejo De Talamanca

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Puerto Viejo De Talamanca

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.06 USD
    • International Movie per seat 6.08 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 57 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 103.18 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 59.5 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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