Puerto Viejo

Hotels in Puerto Viejo

This 14-room retreat on a black-sand strand embodies the area’s laid-back feeling. Bright wood-paneled rooms feature such tropical touches as dangling bromeliad plants and locally made easy chairs.

In a part of the country once known mainly by intrepid surfers for its waves, the splashy new boutique hotel Le Caméléon is changing the scene. All 23 sleek rooms are dressed in white and set around a manicured rain-forest garden.