Puerto Viejo

Costa Rica

This town is a place full of easy charm. Here, jungle meets the ocean in perfect harmony. Chill, party, surf, repeat: the area is infused with some serious reggae vibes. This unique surf town stands out for doing its own thing. With heritage and traditions stemming from both Afro-Caribbean and indigenous culture, life in town is like nowhere else in the world. Take the road to Manzanillo to find two amazing beaches for whatever water activities your heart desires. The black sand beach, Playa Negra, is calm enough to swim, while surfers will be drawn to the waves of Playa Cocles to the south. There’s no shortage of things to do in Puerto Viejo. Enjoy sampling Caribbean stew, touring cacao farms, sighting exotic birds, and falling asleep to the rhythm of croaking frogs. Selina hosts events, wellness activities, and more. Yoga is on the rise, thanks to sessions with world-class instructors from Selina. Live right on the edge of sandy beaches and venture off the beaten path into the rugged jungle. This is Costa Rican Caribbean.

  • Playground: Restaurant-Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Free WIFI
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Surf Club
  • CoWorking space
  • Yoga deck & lessons
  • Tours & transportation


Selina welcomes you with the beat of reggae and follows it with surfing, snorkeling, and an amazing community. Selina is not your average hostel – we’re so much more than just another of many places to stay in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. Our friendly staff, delicious menu of food and drinks, and beautifully designed spaces will make you feel right at home. Selina has something even the best Puerto Viejo hotels and hostels can’t compete with: a friendly group of travelers! Bond with our vibrant community and integrate with locals with Selina as your backdrop. Sample local recipes at The Playground (we recommend trying a chocolate banana rum shake) and don’t miss our legendary pool parties! Stay in our dormitories, private, standard, or deluxe rooms. Teepees, apartments, and suites are also available.


There’s no shortage of things to do in Puerto Viejo. Some of the things to do include: visit Tortuguero National Park, a major nesting site for green sea turtles, or spend the day rafting the Rio Pacuare. Go on a thrilling jungle adventure, or dive down to explore the largest system of coral reefs in Costa Rica. Of course, don’t miss out on some of the best surfing in Costa Rica. Selina Surf Club is ready and waiting with board rentals, surf packages, guided surf for experts and intermediates, and lessons for beginners. You’re in good hands with our world-class, friendly surf instructors! Wondering what to do in Puerto Viejo? Wonder no more. From wellness to kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, jungle night walks, delicious Afro-Caribbean food, and more, there are plenty of Puerto Viejo activities to choose from.


Visit our fully-equipped, state-of-the art coworking space to stay productive– even in paradise. Stop in to check your email, do a little networking, or settle into our version of a corner office. If you can tear yourself away from the Puerto Viejo activities, you’ll find a stylish, friendly coworking space in the heart of town. Selina Puerto Viejo has one of the few reliable, high-speed connections in the area. We’re happy to host digital nomads looking to stay for a while, or anyone who just needs to extend their out of office email just a few more days. Visit Selina CoWork to meet other entrepreneurs, take a workshop, and enjoy our free office amenities. No matter what your vibe, Selina CoWork is where you’ll find a new level of inspiration.


Getting here

From the airport

Fly in to the Limon airport, located 1 hour away from Puerto Viejo by car. From Limon, you can take a direct Selina shuttle to Puerto Viejo, starting at $60. Book a shuttle under the Explore tab.

From another Selina

Take one of our Selina shuttles from Selina Bocas del Toro, Jaco, La Fortuna, San Jose or Santa Teresa. Book a shuttle under the Explore tab.

By bus

From San Jose, catch a bus from Terminal del Caribe located at Av. 11-13 Central Street. Look for Autotransportes Mepe with buses to Puerto Viejo every day. After a 4.5 hour ride, the bus passes right in front of Selina Puerto Viejo’s doors. Ask the driver to drop you off at Selina, or use the old Agapi Hotel (“el antiguo hotel Agapi”) as a reference.

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