Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

For my first ever trip outside of the United States, I traveled with my family to Costa Rica. We flew into San Jose and then took a four hour drive to our ultimate destination – the beautiful coastal town of Puerto Viejo. I would definitely go back and highly recommend visiting!


Beautiful sunset during our drive to Puerto Viejo.

Where to Stay in Puerto Viejo

There are many options when it comes to finding a place to stay while you visit Puerto Viejo. My dad and step-mom planned our whole trip – we stayed in two different houses during our week there (two nights in the first house, then the rest at the second house). They chose to rent out a house for all of us, because we had to fit seven people comfortably, but there are plenty of places to stay with less people and at all different price ranges.

Canopy House 
The first house we stayed in was basically a tree house! It was SO cool…but very buggy because of all the open windows. I loved sitting in that chair and relaxing with a good book (I was reading Gone Girl at the time). The house is located in Playa Chiquita, which is close to both Punta Uva and Puerto Viejo. For more information, check out the Canopy House.

Magic Moon House

The second house we stayed in was my absolute favorite! My sister and I shared this gorgeous canopy bed. Check out more information on the Magic Moon House!

Puerto Viejo Beach
Having the beach only a few steps away from your bed is the BEST!

Naturally, there are lots of insects all over the country…but you’ll find most of them in the jungle area. If you stay near the beach, you won’t see nearly as many as we did when we stayed in the jungle house. Yuck. Lesson learned!

Hotels Near the Beach

Perla Negra – price varies on which room you choose and when you go
Hotel Banana Azul –  prices range from $89 to $144/night
Chimuri Beach Retreat – High Season (Dec-April) $55/night single occupancy or $65/night double occupancy; Low Season (May-Nov) is $45/night single or $55/night double.
La Casa Del Mango – a double room is $100-$110/night
∇ Kaya’s Place – perfect for the budget traveler! Single rooms start at only $19/night. Suites start at $45/night. For larger groups, Cabins start at $85/night.

Have you been to Costa Rica before? I’d love to hear where you visited. Comment below!

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