In recent years, this small village has developed rapidly and became a popular tourist destination with the corresponding infrastructure. The roads have been paved; a variety of small hotels, bed & breakfasts and restaurants is now available in the immediate surroundings of the village center.
More expensive accommodation close to the most beautiful beaches of the area can be found further south along the road to Gandoca Manzanillo - Playa Cocles, Punta Uva, etc. Here you will also find all kinds of restaurants in different price ranges.
Cahuita National Park
About 1.5 km (1 mile) south of Puerto Viejo, embedded in tropical vegetation and wit h a fine sandy beach. Ideal for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing.
Playa Uva / Punta Uva
Located 6 km (about 4 miles) south of Puerto Viejo, with light sand and seamed by coconut palms, is one of the most beautiful Caribbean beaches in Costa Rica.
Cerere Biological Reserve
In the foothills of the Talamanca Mountain Range, southwest of La Estrella Valley, 45 km from th e port of Limon. This zone is criss-crossed by countless rocky rivers with rapids and waterfalls, some reaching several meter s in height. It is interesting to note that the name of the Reserve, derived from the Native tongue of the Bri Bri Indians, refers to the concept of rain. "Hitoy" means wooly, describing the algae and moss- covered river stones, and "Cerere" means clear waters. Most of the trees in the upper elevations are more than 30 meters tall and the emergent trees top 50 meters. The fauna is rich and varied, although most species either live in the treetops or are nocturnal and therefore are not usually seen. Some mammals inhabiting the area are the three-toed sloth, silky anteater, four-eyed opossum, collare d peccary, and howler and white-faced monkeys. 115 species of birds have been observed including the Montezuma oropendola, which congregates to build large numbers of hanging nests in a single tree, vulture, chizo parrot, salty-tailed trogon and hummingbirds, among others.
Discover the indigenous community of the BriBri, one of the original people of the Southern Atlantic which has lived for generations on the border to Panama. Originally, the BriBri lived in the Talamanca Mountain Range and only survived from what nature provided them with, without electricity or running water. The nam e “BriBri” refers to the language itself, to the community and its culture and is also the name of the city.