Puerto Viejo is a coastal town in the Canton of Talamanca, located in the Province of Limón, southeast of Costa Rica. The village was originally known as Old Harbour, until the Government of Costa Rica instituted Spanish as the new local language and changed the names of towns and places in the area from English to Spanish. Fields became Bribri, The Bluff became Cahuita and the English-speaking Afro-Caribbean culture was actively dismantled. There is another city called Puerto Viejo in the northeast of Costa Rica, which can confuse visitors. Buses depart from the same station in San Jose to the two places, showing the same destination: “Puerto Viejo”.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a popular tourist destination. He is known in the surfing community for having the biggest and most powerful wave in Costa Rica, called “Salsa Brava”. It is also a site of beautiful beaches, such as Playa Chiquita, Playa Negra and Punta Uva, which are some of the most spectacular beaches in Costa Rica, which can be found between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo. The latter is a popular place for canoeing and is located 13 km to the south, following the beach. The popular “Jaguar” Wildlife Rescue Center is nearby as well.