Those who stumble upon Bar Maritza before dark recently are pleasantly surprised to find it open, music on and glasses chilled, even though there may be no other patrons in sight for miles.
Bar Maritza, Puerto Viejo — Photo courtesy of Bar Maritza
It's this kind of patience, perseverance and positive vibes that have made Bar Maritza a landmark in Puerto Viejo de Limon; not only is it welcoming and warm during sunshine and rain, but it's one of the few places that has stood the test of time, celebrating more than ten years in the same beachfront spot in front of the Hotel Maritza. Sometimes, Puerto Viejo comes alive with night music at Bar Maritza, amid a remodeled interior and a new black and white facade to match. The disco ball and the dance floor light up once the sun sets, and the music ranges from salsa to reggae to rock, with plenty of surprise hits thrown in the mix. Live music performances by local bands are Bar Maritza highlights. Pick a seat at the long wooden bar, then slide over to the adjacent dance floor. Too shy to hot step it inside? Grab a beer at the bar and park yourself at one of the outside tables and watch the scene unfold.