The old railway bridge over the river Sixaola from Costa Rica into Panama. There is now a new crossing. Photo by Doug Dosdall

Just passing through: Bri Bri and Sixaola

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Bri Bri and Sixaola aren't big tourist draws on their own as they aren't beachfront. Instead they are local service and transportation hubs that a traveler may need to pass through.

Bri Bri is the administrative center for the canton of Talamanca where Puerto Viejo is located. Some police and investigative services are located here.

Sixaola is the town at the border to Panama and so travelers heading to Bocas del Toro or other destinations in Panama will pass through here. See the travel to Bocas page for more information.

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Bomberos Bribri

The nearest firefighting station to Puerto Viejo. Call 911 for emergencies.
 +506 2751 0347
 Average rating: 80 Very Good
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Cruz Roja

The Red Cross operates ambulance service in Costa Rica. The South Caribbean zone is served from their location in Bribri. Call 911 for emergencies.
 +506 2751 0141
 Average rating: 96 Exceptional
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Police in Costa Rica are responsible for keeping the peace and enforcing the law, not for taking statements and solving crime, there is a separate investigative division, the Organismo de Investigación Judicial or OIJ which takes reports of crimes and investigates. This is the only OIJ location in the area.
 +506 2751-1087, 2751-0252
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Cabinas El Mango

Hotel with clean simple cabinas
  +506 8996 2637
 Average rating: 100 Exceptional
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Redfrogteam Guardianes de la Naturaleza

Ecotourism company specializing in nature and indigenous tours in the Bribri area. Day and night tours, multi-day packages. Licensed guides with many years of area experience. Tours available in German, English, Spanish and Dutch.
 +506 8874 9992
 Average rating: 100 Exceptional
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Panama Border

Border with Panama over the Sixaola River. Crossing is open 7am to 5pm (8am to 6pm in Panama time) with a 1 hour lunch closure. See the going to Bocas del Toro page for more information on crossing the border.
 Average rating: 56
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Bar y Restaurante Black Diamond

There are several places to eat in Sixaola if you find yourself with some time to kill. Typical Costa Rica food and cold beer. New owner and new name in the space where El Escorpion was.
 Average rating: 80 Very Good
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Bomba Gasolinera Margarita Sixaola

Gas station on the way to Sixaola at the intersection of Margarita Rd. Last gas before the border.
 Average rating: 88 Excellent
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Cabinas El Imperio

Basic lodging if you're stuck in Sixaola after the border has closed.
 +506 8622 3931
 Average rating: 90 Excellent
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Rest Tierra Quiel y Ramos

Casual restaurant with outdoor seating and local food
 Average rating: 96 Exceptional
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