Belly Up to Puerto Viejo de Limon's 10 Best Beach Bars

 Puerto Viejo de Limon, Costa Rica has a bar scene that seems straight from another era, one that time forgot. There are no swank lounges nor hipster bars to belly up to, instead, there are good old fashioned bars, mostly across from the beach, where one can enjoy a cold beverage and befriend fellow travelers and locals over conversation. The Lazy Mon at Standfords is a landmark beach bar perched on the water's edge near the center of town. Well known for its live music on Sundays, ping pong tables, and good drink specials at happy hour, the Lazy Mon also serves bar food and plays a good mix of music. The little Bar Maritza, just across from the beach near the north entrance to town, boasts a small dance floor with a disco ball, and good music for dancing while drinking. Koki Beach is the newest and hippest beach bar to make the scene, and its prime location overlooking "Old Harbor" couldn't be more perfect for lounging in custom Adirondack chairs and sipping ice cold Imperials. Along the road heading south, you can choose from Amimodo and De Paso for drinks at a table with your toes in the sand.

Salsa Brava at Night
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By day, this tiny beach is one of the Caribbean's best surf spots, with wicked reef breaks that keep surfers on their toes and onlookers at the edge of their perches. By night, Salsa Brava comes alive with the sound of music, with a DJ spinning...  Read More

Johnny's Place
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Johnny's Place is Puerto Viejo's longstanding, landmark dance club, and has been the place to sway, bump, and grind for more than a decade. The digs are the epitome of non-descript, and by day it's hard to imagine the scene that unfolds in the...  Read More



It took awhile, but finally Americans have started settling in Puerto Viejo, and some say it's about time, especially since The Point opened, offering sports on seven screens and even Costa Rican craft beers on draft. Now the region has a place...  Read More

The Lazy Mon at Stanford's
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If you've made it to Puerto Viejo, you must visit The Lazy Mon at Stanford's, day or night, before you leave town, and in which case, you may decide to extend your stay. The Lazy Mon is a casual beachfront- as in you can go for a dip in between...  Read More

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Amimodo is an old-school yet new-school family style and family friendly Italian restaurant on the main road in Puerto Viejo. A nondescript, single story cafe style that's invitingly and casual from the street side and the beach side, Amimodo...  Read More

Tasty Waves Cantina
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Clearly named for the undeniably stellar Caribbean surf that unfolds just across the road, Tasty Waves Cantina does much to revive the classic surfer vibe that first drew tourists to the area; whatever the weather, from the torrential rains that...  Read More



Tex Mex is conveniently located at the center of town, a big open-air spot on a corner of the main intersection in front of the beach. Wherever you're going, you're going to pass Tex Mex. During the day, it's a nice place to enjoy a cup of...  Read More



One of Puerto Viejo's most popular spots to party after dark, Cafe Mango, formerly called the Sunset Bar, has maintained its old-school vibe and infused new life into this open-to-the- ocean-front beach shack. Inexpensive drink specials such as...  Read More



Just when Puerto Viejo was in need of a little more night music, Bar Maritza has stepped up to the plate with a remodeled interior and a shiny new facade, bringing life after dark to the otherwise quiet stretch of beachfront it occupies. Maritza...  Read More



The first of its kind in Puerto Viejo de Limon, KOKI Beach is a truly eco-friendly establishment; a bar, restaurant and lounge made almost entirely from reclaimed materials that takes relaxing and dining and turns them into art forms. With a...  Read More


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On Sophia's first trip to Costa Rica, she came face to face with white-faced monkeys, gasped at the sight of giant purple crabs, and rode horseback through plunging waterfalls. Costa Rica...  More About Sophia