DJs, Discos and Dive Bars of Puerto Viejo de Limon's Nightlife

The nightlife in Puerto Viejo de Limon, Costa Rica is as laidback as it gets. From the main road, listen for the loudest music in the air, and that's where the party is. It may be coming from The Lazy Mon at Stanfords, especially on Sundays when live bands and DJs take over the system. It could also be coming from Salsa Brava, where locals have created another incarnation of Bamboo, a once-favorite dance club on the water's edge that burned to the ground several years ago. Warm up with drinks at Tex Mex, the self-proclaimed "most dangerous bar in town," which offers two-for-one drink specials including killer Cuba Libres at its open air bar, and boasts an-up close view of the local scenery. Sports enthusiasts should seek out the seven flat-screen TVs at The Point in Playa Negra, which also serves burgers and bar food that's great for soaking up Costa Rican beers. The colorful lounge chairs at Koki Beach complement its cool vibe and chilled cocktails, while the surfer-casual spot Tasty Waves across from Cocles Beach just south of town is a fine place to drink, dance and make friends with locals, especially on Taco Tuesdays, its most popular night. 



KOKI Beach in Puerto Viejo de Limon is a truly eco-friendly establishment; it's a bar, restaurant and lounge made almost entirely from reclaimed materials, and it seems to turn relaxing, drinking and dining into creative art forms. With a full...  Read More

Tasty Waves Cantina
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Clearly named for the 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 bring mud slides...  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

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 is hard to imagine the scene that unfolds in the...  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

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- it's that kind of place. The Lazy Mon is a casual, and very laid-back,...  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



Tex Mex is conveniently located at the very center of Puerto Viejo, at the fork in the road a few steps from the sand. It's a big open-air spot with a circular bar for bellying up to. Wherever you may be headed, you're going to pass Tex Mex....  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

Salsa Brava at Night
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By day, Salsa Brava 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 DJs a sound system...  Read More


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