Hotel Banana Azul
Playa Negra
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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Stay Right on the Beach!

Not interested in Golf Courses, Tennis Courts, Country Clubs and “pre-fab” All-Inclusive vacations? Looking to experience some more culture and nature on your vacation in Costa Rica? Hotel Banana Azul in Puerto Viejo might be just what you’re looking for.

Are you ready for a walk on the wild-side?

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Your hosts Colin Brownlee (from Vancouver, Canada) and Jorge Fernadez (from Lima, Peru) welcome you to a hotel built out of local hardwoods that has 14 beautiful guest rooms, all with private bath and free wireless internet to accommodate adventurous travelers looking for a comfortable, tranquil place to stay while visiting the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.

Relax, drink or eat under one our beach shade ranchos or by the pool.

Wonder what a stay us might be like? Watch the video below.

Unspoiled Beaches & Caribbean Melting Pot

Until recently Puerto Viejo has been basically this undiscovered jewel in Costa Rica that has attracted mainly a backpacker and surf crowd. The whole area is one huge melting pot of cultures. On top of the foreigners which are mostly South American, Canadian and European; you have 3 distinct local cultures living here (Indigenous, Jamaican Caribbean and Spanish)

Today, in addition to miles and miles of unspoiled beaches, and thousands of hectares of jungle, Puerto Viejo offers, a huge selection of all types of restaurants, craft shops, tours, nightlife. And if you are looking for more adventure, I have created a photo album of the many things to do in the area.

There are the BriBri natives which have lived here for centuries, The Jamaicans which initially came over as workers to build the railroad for the banana trade and then Costa Ricans from Spanish descent. In 2002 there was a census done for the area and they found people from 49 different countries in a population of just over 2,000.

Puerto Viejo and Banana Azul is definitely not for everyone, but that is part of what makes it special.