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Living in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica - Expat Interview Series

Updated: Sep 6, 2019

I sat down to breakfast in Grecia with 2 of my favorite people, Adero & Noah. They are from New Orleans and have been living as expats in Puerto Viejo.

When we first moved to Costa Rica we were pretty intent on living in Puerto Viejo. It was the place we loved the most (and still do) when we visited in 2015. We were smitten by the laid back Caribbean vibe, the music, the beautiful beaches, the people, and of course, the food (with the Caribbean influence the food is very different from the traditional Tico food we find in the rest of Costa Rica).

However, in the end, (after some deep deliberation), we decided it wasn't a practical move for us and settled in the Central Valley.

We met Adero & Noah later that year and spoke with them about their plans to settle on the Caribbean Coast. Adero is a yoga instructor and neither of them are retired so it seemed an excellent choice for them.

In this interview, I talk with them again and get an update on life in Puerto Viejo!

Are things going as they planned


is life there really a beach??

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a town in southeast Costa Rica, on the Caribbean coast. It’s known for the Salsa Brava surf break and beautiful turquoise beaches like the black-sand beach in Playa Negra.

The Jaguar Rescue Center rehabilitates wild cats and other animals. Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge has rainforest, wetlands and mangroves.

To the north, Cahuita National Park protects a large coral reef and has a shipwreck dive site.

The Caribbean is home to both Afro-Caribbean and indigenous people. Puerto Viejo offers a unique culture that can be found only in this part of Costa Rica. The city abounds with restaurants and nightlife.


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