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.
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.
18 Bed Dorm
The classic Selina option! Bunk up with your new friends without sacrificing comfort – or privacy. Selina’s dorms are not like your typical hostel. We set a high standard with a seating area, your own light, a personal shelf and locker for each bunk bed to keep your things safe and secure. This is the best way to immerse yourself in the Selina community and meet your fellow travelers -- all while getting the most value for your budget. Bathrooms are shared.
Connect with nature while sleeping in style. Teepees come with beds (sizes vary) and all the basic essentials (outlets, mosquito net, hot water, free toiletries, a fan, linens, lockers etc.). Roll out of bed and greet the day in our beautifully-designed, cozy spaces complete with a sitting area. Many locations include fire pits, animal sightings, and falling asleep to the sound of the waves.
The next level of comfort for someone who needs a break after the day’s adventures. These large rooms come with a private bathroom, king or queen-sized bed, sofas and chairs, and – depending on the location – a private balcony to enjoy scenic views. The deluxe room is equipped with your comfort as the top priority.
Selina’s most luxurious offer! Our unique rooms are designed for those looking to indulge while traveling. Depending on the location, you’ll be waking up to ocean views and soothing waves or the rainforest canopy surrounded by monkeys and sloths. All unique rooms have a private bathroom as well as your own space to chill. One of the best parts? You get to be a part of the vibrant, friendly Selina community. Stop for a snack at The Playground, hop on a Selina adventure, and reenergize with a Wellness session.
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.
Cahuita Snorkelling and Rainforest
4 Hours (approx)
The largest system of Coral Reefs in Costa Rica, including 6 species of coral, a wide range of colorful tropical fishes and the occasional encounter of a harmless reef shark or sting ray. We start with a scenic 20 minute boat ride to have two snorkeling sessions. Then we get drop off at the Punta to enjoy a delicious fruit and snacks break at the beach followed by a 1 hour guided hike in this wonderful coastal forest: monkeys, sloths, birds, poison dart frogs, iguanas and other interesting encounters are common.
Chocolate Museum & Jaguar Rescue Center
2 Hours (approx)
Your chance to witness the process by which cocoa turns into chocolate and see beautiful wild animals that have been rescued in order to take care of them and then return them to their natural habitat. We will have the opportunity to see how the chocolate is prepared and enjoy a tasting. The Jaguar Rescue Center has been created to rehabilitate injured, ill-treated and confiscated animals from any part of the country, in order to reintroduce them into their natural habitat in protected areas.In our visit we will be in contact with felines, monkeys, anteaters, reptiles, amphibians, etc. All these animals are in the center in a state of semi-liberty waiting for the moment to confront life in its natural environment.
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.
Perfect for digital nomads, work remotely at your own dedicated desk. As space of your own, plus all the benefits of the Selina coworking community? Yes please. Our spaces are designed to change the way you work and improve your creativity, productivity, and collaboration. Priced per 30 days.
Stay connected with your own dedicated desk at one of our remote coworking spaces. A weekly plan gives you an office away from home. Come for the desk, stay for the workshops, meetups and other social activities with other entrepreneurs and freelancers. Price includes seven consecutive days.