PUERTO VIEJO IS A COASTAL VILLAGE IN THE CANTON OF TALAMANCA, LOCATED IN THE PROVINCE OF LIMÓN, SOUTHEAST OF COSTA RICA. ORIGINALLY KNOWN AS OLD HARBOR, UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT OF COSTA RICA INSTITUTED SPANISH AS THE NEW LOCAL LANGUAGE AND CHANGED THE NAMES OF THE PEOPLES AND PLACES OF THE AREA FROM ENGLISH TO SPANISH. FIELDS BECAME BRIBRI, THE BLUFF BECAME CAHUITA AND THE AFROCARIBBEAN ANGLOPARLANTE CULTURE WAS ACTIVELY DISMANTLED. THERE IS ANOTHER CITY DENOMINATED PUERTO VIEJO IN THE NORTHEAST OF COSTA RICA, WHICH CAN CONFUSE VISITORS.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a popular tourist destination. It is known in the surfing community for having the largest and most powerful wave in Costa Rica, called “Salsa Brava”. It is also a site of beautiful beaches, such as Playa Chiquita, Playa Negra and Punta Uva, which are some of the most spectacular beaches in Costa Rica, which can be found between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo.