Best Beaches in and Around Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
If you're visiting Puerto Viejo, don't forget to visit this beautiful beaches we are going to show you.
Coming to the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica means relaxed vibes, salsa dancing, and stunning, palm tree lined beaches. The beaches around this area are easily some of the most beautiful in Costa Rica. They're a combination of soft sand, salty waves, and the jungle close by. Renting bikes is the best way to explore Puerto Viejo's surrounding beaches. So, hop on a bike and check out these best beaches in Puerto Viejo.
One of the most popular beaches and hangout spots for locals and tourists alike is Playa Cocles. Located just past the main town of Puerto Viejo, Playa Cocles is full of surfers, volleyball players, and avid slackliners. The beach is large and it offers both sunny and shady spots for those who like to stay out of Puerto Viejo's strong sun.
At the end of Playa Cocles going towards Puerto Viejo, there's a small trail that leads up to a cliff for a fantastic look out of the beach and Cocles's tiny island.
Playa Punta Uva
Punta Uva is a glorious spot for snorkeling and water activities as there's surrounding coral and interesting fish to be spotted. Bring your own equipment or rent snorkel gear from shops around the beach to enjoy Punta Uva's sea. Though rather busy on the weekends, it's best to head to Punta Uva during the weekdays if you have the free time.
One of the more peaceful, most stunning beaches in the Puerto Viejo area is Playa Grande. The sand is bright and soft, the jungle lingers in the distance, and the water is clear and inviting.
Playa Grande is also a popular spot for surfing, so come here to enjoy some nice waves.
Playa Chiquita is an amazing beach in the Puerto Viejo area because it has many little trails that you can follow along to discover secluded beach spots. Though many of the secluded spots aren't ideal for swimming because of the currents and coral, it's still beautiful to look at and experience. The trail hugs the beach closely offering a combination of the jungle and beach at the same time. Look up in search for monkeys jumping from tree to tree.
Other parts of Playa Chiquita are ideal for swimming, too. The currents can be intense in some spots but it's an overall gorgeous and calm beach.
Located right on the shore in Puerto Viejo, Playa Chino is a busy beach surrounded by bars, restaurants, and shops. With a small shore, it's a nice little beach for a quick swim without getting out of the town. There's nice views of the town and you can jump from the boats into the water for added fun.