Puerto Viejo de Limon's Best Nightlife: Reggae, Roots, Salsa and Calypso

By day, the seaside village of Puerto Viejo de Limo, Costa Rica sways to reggae and reggeaton, which segues into live music, experimental sounds, and an undercurrent of energy electrified by DJs at night. Hot Rocks, an open-air venue in the center of town, hosts nightly entertainment that ranges from Salsa to reggae to Karaoke. The classic Puerto Viejo nightlife spot is Johnny's Place, right on the water's edge; stay up late and dance all night here. Happy hour drink specials, two for one cocktails, and free drinks for Ladies Nights are popular at the beachfront Mango Bar near the barge. Sundays, the Lazy Mon at Stanford's is a fun place to experience local musical talent and imbibe some of the Caribbean pura vida. Sunsets are best seen from Salsa Brava Beach Bar, where a tiny bar serves happy hour cocktails and every seat has an amazing view of the beach.

De Paso
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Candlelit tables twinkle from the sand, beckoning pedestrians from the side of the road De Paso is nestled between the trees and the water's edge. Named for the path that connects the road to the jungle path and the beach, this little restaurant...  Read More



Maxi's Restaurant is truly a classic, planting its stilts in the sand several decades back, when it was the only restaurant in all of Manzanillo, and it practically still is. Located at the very end of the long road that runs all the way from...  Read More

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, long lens camera at the ready. By night, Salsa Brava comes alive with the...  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

Johnny's Place
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Johnny's Place is Puerto Viejo's longstanding, landmark dance club. The open air-design is inviting, and a casual vibe emanates from this local favorite nightlife spot. The beachfront space next to the tiny police station has been recently...  Read More

Cafe Viejo
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Although it's a fine Italian restaurant first and foremost, with experienced chefs in the kitchen that turn out exceptional dishes based on authentic Italian recipes that come to life with Costa Rica's bounty of fresh ingredients, Cafe Viejo is...  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

Hot Rocks
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Hot Rocks is Puerto Viejo de Limon's most happening spot for nightlife, with something different going on each night of the week. Sundays are a highlight with free lessons and live music from the Caribbean Kings. Mondays it's movie night and...  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 ocean-front beach shack. Inexpensive drink specials such as $1 Tequila...  Read More

The Lazy Mon at Stanford's
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The Lazy Mon is a casual beachfront bar- you could even go for a swim between drinks-kind of place with a laid-back nightlife vibe that's inviting to all walks of life. Live music is on Sundays and whenever local reggae and calypso bands pass...  Read More


Meet Sophia LaMonica

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