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Kaya's Place

Kaya's Place

Destination: Puerto Viejo

At a Glance

    • Close to town
    • Across the street from Playa Negra
    • Affordable

Driving into Puerto Viejo, one can't help but notice Playa Negra and its blooms of smoked-colored sand washed over a cream canvas churned by the rolling waves of the Caribbean. Across the street, Kaya's Place absorbs the enchantment, complimenting the monochromatic sands with brilliant plumes of color painted across its walls: golden-haired mermaids, gemstone-encrusted elephants, tropical flowers and rolling waves.

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Featuring 21 rooms including private and shared-dorms, three apartments and two houses, Kaya's Place has accommodations at every price range just a quarter-mile from central Puerto Viejo.


The second-story patio serves as a common area complete with hammocks, benches, colorful artwork, and views of Playa Negra. Down the hall, just behind the patio Kaya's Place has its beach-view private dorms, $40 in dry season (May-Nov.) furnished with bunk beds, either twins, or singles, a desk and fan. Each private dorm has its own bathroom with hot water and Wi-Fi. Rooms are comfortable and clean.


The restaurant at Kaya's Place, known as Luke's Taproom, serves breakfast during wet season (Dec.-April) or when the hostel is full, but lunch and dinner year-round. The breakfast menu includes American standards like eggs, bacon, toast and coffee or its version of huevos rancheros – eggs served with a spicy sauce, home fries and a slice of ham) with fruit and coffee.  For lunch and dinner, Luke's Taproom serves an Italian menu with pastas and pizzas like the house special, $12, made with pepperoni, chorizo and sausage.

Luke's Taproom microbrewery

Luke's Taproom also serves up local craft brews made by hotel owner and brewer J.T. Ficociello. Taking inspiration from his surroundings, Ficociello brews innovative beers using fresh local ingredients like in his chocolate porter made with locally produced raw cacao, honey mango brown ale and ginger mead for just $5 per pint.

Services & Amenities

Besides the bar and restaurant, Kaya's Place has a sunny patio set underneath an almond tree in the central courtyard, plus a pool table in the back.

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Kaya's Place in Pictures