Live Music and Magical Moments in Puerto Viejo de Limon, Costa Rica

By day, reggae mixes with reggaeton across the treetops to the water's edge, but by night, a more diverse selection of live music styles descends upon Puerto Viejo de Limon, Costa Rica. On Fridays and Saturdays, it's at Chile Rojo, where the open-air space upstairs makes the perfect place to lounge starting at at happy hour. Sundays, The Lazy Mon at Stanford's hosts its now legendary Open Jam, where one may luckily catch piano-playing songbird Jessica Chick or a band such as Los Yukas, an eclectic ensemble whose "Riders of Limon" is a wild romp through the Caribbean with a violin and catchy Spanish lyrics. Also on the beachfront but a few hundred meters to the north, Mango Sunset may showcase the likes of the highly spectacular Draska, whose live music fuses ancient West Africa with urban poetry and stars the altered effects of the n'goni, a wooden stringed intstrument that helps produce Draska's deeply spiritual sounds. Down at the very end of the road in Manzanillo, Maxi's Restaurant presents live music on many a night, and it's often a reggae or calypso band that takes the stage and steals the hearts and souls of those in the audience.



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



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, and whoever's there will see you coming. During the day,...  Read More



It took awhile, but finally the Pirates have planted their flag again in Puerto Viejo de Limon, and some say it's about time. The Point Bar and Grill offers sports on seven screens and Costa Rican craft beers on draft. Now the region has a place...  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

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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

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



Chile Rojo is perhaps Puerto Viejo de Limon's most popular restaurant with locals and tourists, but that doesn't mean it's always crowded. Contrarily, even on the busiest of nights, it's not uncommon to score a great table or corner lounge area;...  Read More

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

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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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