¡Hola! Soy tica he ido un de par de veces a a Puerto Viejo, mi novio de Bélgica y me visita por 3 meses, entonces quiero hacer un paseo 3 dias PV y 3 a Bocas. No tengo un carro, entonces mi plan es viajar en el autobús de San José a PV, y estando en la frontera tomar el autobús y luego el taxi / lancha.
mis preguntas son
¿Cómo llego a Puerto Viejo a la frontera? Preferiblemente algo público.
¿Dónde es el mejor lugar para quedarse en Bocas de toro?
¿Cual es una playa imperdible?
¿como es la primera semana de septiembre para viajar por el asunto del tiempo?
There may be a environment ministry office in Manzanillo but I'm not aware of any services they provide to tourists unfortunately, it's more of an office for enforcing regulations etc. I strongly recommend you get the services of a local guide to see the reserve. You'll see so much more and he will point out wildlife you'd have never have seen otherwise. There's some more info on our Manzanillo page and on our nature tours page.
Hi!We are going to Puerto Viejo in august with our family (2 adults and 2 kids). We want to go to Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife refuge. I've read that I can get information and maps about the park at the Office from the Ministry of Environment in Manzanillo. But I can't find an address of that office in Manzanillo. Does it still exist and what's the adress? Or, where can I get some information and maps?
With kind regards,
My name is Hershall a retired marine and I'm wheelchair bound. I'll be in Puerto Viejo 1July2019. Is there a power wheelchair store close that services and sells power wheelchairs?
All help is appreciated.
I'm 66 years old and currently in San Jose CR.
"Pura Vida "
My life partner and I are educators, activists and TV series creators and writers. We had been visiting the Pacific side. Montezuma. Manuel Antonio. Since 1989. We finally took a trip to Puerto Viejo. Literally. 6 days there. Three months later. Like today. We just purchased land in Cocles. Right up the beach from Puerto. There simply was no doubt in our hearts that this stretch of beach towns was the Truth. This is HOME. We will begin Airbb hospitality. Tents. August 2019
Regularmente viajo a Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limón por razones de trabajo y después de haberme hospedado en varios lugares encontré Cabinas Los Almendros; lugar que recomiendo por su ubicación muy céntrica, además de muy aseado y buena atención, cuenta con parqueo privado con seguridad y muchas comodidades que me han permitido una permanencia placentera.
You might want to pick which 2 of 3 of those requirements are most important to you! You can get cheap and clean but not party (many of the smaller places e.g. Ruka or Kalunai) or clean and party but not cheap (e.g. Selina) or cheap and party but maybe not so clean (e.g. Rocking Js)
Hi Ancel, Thank You for your interesting class when we were there in February. I still have tiny piece of amaranth/orange chocolate left. (My granddaughter likes it too; so need to make more! I really enjoyed the experience and knowing that there actually is such a thing as 'good' chocolate! Susan
600-700 colones sounds about right. I believe the prices are printed on the ticket the driver gives you. If not you'll have to ask at the MEPE office. Keep in perspective that 100 colones = 15 cents. Neither of those are major stops so the difference is probably which zone the driver is punching.
I can't find prices from Playa Chiquita to Punta Uva, or from Punta Uva to Playa Chiquita. The driver has charged us 3 different prices from Punta Uva back to Playa Chiquita. One day its 600 co lines another day its 700 colones, and I feel like we are getting robbed. I also wanted to know the price from Playa Chiquita to Puerto Viejo and back as well as from Playa Chiquita to Cahuita and back. I don't want to be charged more than I should be each time I take a bus. I can't find prices for these anywhere.
Hi! I am so sorry that prejudice still exists. If people could only see that it’s not the color of skin but who the person is. Opportunity or lack there of form who a person is. As a single white NY woman that regularly travels alone to beautiful, natural, vibrant, nearly 100% black Tobago West Indies in the southern Caribbean I wish people would open their minds and just get over it. TALK to the next person that you may feel prejudice against from your own sheltered background, hear who they are, see them as a person and GROW.
March 09, 2019
Puerto Viejo Satellite
I'm afraid car seats for taxis are not common in the developing world. I would suggest you bring your own. There are some places that rent bicycles with bike seats in Puerto Viejo so that could be an option getting around in the area plus the local buses..
Muchas Gracias A La Policía Turística de Puerto Viejo por acción tomada el viernes 22 febrero, al atender el asalto a un restaurante dónde estaba mi hijo y nuera el cual fueron amenazados con armas y robarles sus objetos personales. Se nota la mística, el honor y abnegación por sus profesiones. FELICIDADES.
February 26, 2019
Hello, my husband and I and our three year old daughter, are traveling to Puerto Viejo next week. We were planning on renting a car but the price with the full coverage insurance is too expensive. We are now planning on getting the bus from San Jose to PV however we are now trying to figure out how it will work with taking a taxi to the bus station because we need a CAR SEAT for our daughter to ride in. Also when we are in PV, wondering if there are taxis we could call that would have a carseat for our daughter so we can get to nearby beaches? Please give advice on how families with young children typically handle transportation in the area and getting to and from San Jose airport to PV. Thank you!!!
My husband and I just returned from a 2 week trip honeymoon travelling round the Pacific coast, Monteverde, La Fortuna and finally Puerto Viejo. PV and Punta Uva was by far our favorite places. They are AMAZING. I agree, it is the closest you will get to paradise. I love the fact it is laid back, underdeveloped, friendly. Everyone in PV says hello to you on the street, and everyone is so happy. Well, wouldn't you be if you lived in paradise?! I cannot recommend it enough...as a couple, a solo traveler, or as a family. Hippy vibes and snobbishness aside; whatever background you come from, if you can appreciate living as close to nature as possible, then this is the place for you. Enjoy :)
In my experience there's a huge expat community, many of whom have been here for many many years. If you get involved in some of the local efforts you will no doubt find connections. CATCAS is the local business org.
Thanks for all the research that went into mak8bg this site SO informative!
I'm seriously considering moving from Kenya to the CR Caribbean side but my main concern is how much of a permanent expat community is there? Im here right now & feels very transient in terms of finding friends here.
Any comments would be extremely useful.
I have taken Ancels chocolate making class 3 times and also a chocolate “treatment” fun day with a group of women! The class has been just a little different every time I’ve taken it and I learn something new! It’s never ever boring and it really because Of Ancel that it is so much fun. She tells great stories and I learned all about the medicinal properties of the actual cacao which was an added bonus in addition to the chocolate making! It’s completely hands on at its best! Great for a group as I have done a couple of times or just a special
Someone that you want to share this delicious magical experience with! Did I mention the chocolate is some of the best I’ve ever had?! It truly is. It’s made with love!
I have taken two workshops with Ancel, chocolate making and natural beauty treatments and both were so much fun and so informative. Ancel is eager to share her extensive knowledge about the healing and beneficial properties of our local plants. We had delicious chocolates at the end of one session and glowing skin at the end of the other. I would highly recommend Ancel's workshops, they would be a great activity to add to a girls' trip or a bridal party. Also the perfect way to spend a rainy Puerto Viejo day.
There's no way to go directly from David to Puerto Viejo. If you wanted to visit Bocas del Toro as well you can book a shuttle from David to Bocas here and then another onto Puerto Viejo a day or two later. To go direct the most efficient and cost effective way is a local bus from David to Changuinola, then a taxi or local bus to the border town of Guaybito, then walk across the border to Sixaola then take the local bus to Puerto Viejo. It's not as complicated as it sounds, just check the border and bus schedules and leave early enough from David.
Hi, I'm having a hard time finding the answer to this online. We're planning a trip next year with our daughter who will be 8 years old. Do any of the bike rental placed have kid's sized bikes or tandem bikes that children can ride on the back of? She's a good biker but will need a smaller bike for sure. Thanks for your time.
I traveled back and forth from Puerto Viejo to Bocas del Toro last month with Gecko and it was perfect. Everything was taken care of and very little hassle for us. I also made a neat youtube of our experience, which will give you some insight into our trip.
Viajé de Puerto Viejo hasta Bocas del Toro ida y vuelta en Dic 2018. Lo hicimos con Gecko Trails y fue bien, sin problemas. Hice un youtube para los que están interesados hacer lo mismo y tengo certeza que van a disfrutarlo.
Hi, Happy New Year you beauts! I will be arriving beginning Feb '19, first visit, for a month or two. Does anyone know of any volunteer positions available, horticulture, wildlife and pets, community, tourism... absolutely anything considered. I'm a mature woman Irish/Manx, beyond excited to be coming to this beautiful place.
Gorgeous! Bright and airy, and really captures the vibe of Puerto Viejo. We appreciated the refreshing comfort of air-conditioned bedrooms and the plunge pool. Lots of closet space in the bedrooms and the on-site washer and dryer are super-convenient. And all just steps away from the beach! We can’t wait to return to this beautiful oasis again in 2019 ????
I'm considering retiring in Costa Rica and planning to start visiting different cities next summer. Puerto Viejo sounds like me/looks like me and that's just fine by me. Any suggestions will be appreciated. I'm focusing on beach cities but without the tourist hype.
What a fantastic, informative website. I have just discovered this and so much information available, I will certainly read on. My wife and I are travelling from the UK for 2 weeks in Costa Rica in March 2019 ( not long to wait now!!) . We are touring around staying in 5 locations in total, ending our stay with 6 nights in Peurto Viejo. Pure Vida!
If you're not planning to drive yourself the warning about driving at night really doesn't apply; when hiring a private driver the stress of all that is gone. But even if you were driving yourself the timing is fine. If you're on the road at 12:30 you would be arriving Puerto Viejo about 16:30 more or less depending on stops and traffic.
Hi there! I'm planning to come to Puerto Viejo in mid-February. My flight lands at SJO at 11:30am. Wondering if you think I'll have enough time to get a private taxi to PV and drive there safely? I hear driving at night is inadvisable and it takes 5 hours. Not sure how long it takes to get through customs, etc. Thanks for any help!
Hi all. My husband and I are going to Puerto Viejo in March of 2018. Our son is already a missionary there and will be there another 2 years. We are looking to build an orphanage not far from Puerto Viejo. We have the land and it is about 40 minutes away by car from Puerto Viejo.
Can anyone tell me how many orphans are in Puerto Viejo? Or how many orphans are in Costa Rica? I keep trying to google to get information but am not coming up with concrete answers. Thanks for any information!!! Have a great day!!!
This house was amazing. It was all that we needed for our little family to have the best time in Costa Rica. The screen room, the pool, being able to cook our own food, the air conditioning, everything was perfect. And Susana was an amazing host. I would definitely stay here again and my only regret was that we couldn’t stay longer.
Unfortunately there have been multiple reports similar to this from this establishment in recent months. Please:
- Don't rent nor buy from him and let him know why you do no longer send him business. - If you witness this, file a denuncia with Senasa. Don't wait for others to solve the problem, go and file. If 20 people file the same denuncia it will for sure have an effect. Denuncias can be filed confidentially if you want.
Does anyone know the owner of this place; Ciclo Puerto / Ciclo La Plaza on Calle 213 (3rd Street from centre junction) opposite the MegaSuper market?
I recently stayed in a room near this establishment and could hear a dog crying, morning, noon and night.
I was let into a nearby place to inspect what was going on and saw that the dog there was chained to around just 10ft of chain, fenced in by crates and bushes, so having no contact to the world,and observing the animal over a few weeks learned that the dog was never taken off the chain for a walk.
I approached the owner and said I understood he was probably busy with business and offered to walk the dog from time to time to stop him crying. The assistant at the shop (who could speak English) looked very concerned and was willing to help, but the owner who I believe is from Nicaragua, told me in Spanish, to go back to my country, and I walked off a little bit disappointed with his attitude after being offered help and friendship.
However the next day, again at around 5.45am, like clockwork, the dog started crying disturbing my peace, and I know other people's.
I hoped that our little talk might have got the owner to change his behaviour, but it hadn't, and at around 10pm, dog still crying, I went round to his locked up bike shop - he lives in the back in a house - and started shouting through the gates of he could shut his dog up, take it for a walk and generally "sort his shit out".
He hurried to unlock the door and came charging at me but I stood my ground shouting at him that no one in the neighbourhood wanted to hear his cries of animal mistreatment etc.
Just as he got close enough for a fight to begin, the dog let out another loud cry, and the owner was kind of forced to instantly turn round and go back inside. However, the dog's crying and the owner's mistreatment still continued and nothing changed.
My take on the situation is not over exaggerated, as many people and tourists have questioned what is going on, and the Police have apparently been to inspect the animal, but owner at the time was doing the bare minimum to not be deemed mistreatment - watering and feeding the animal - if that is the minimum, I do not know for sure. Surely total incarceration IS mistreatment, so anyway, apparently the Police didn't do anything.
I have left Puerto Viejo now but was so troubled that I thought I would post this.
If anyone has power to change this it would be a good thing and ideally the owner of the dog should be barred from keeping any animals at all. Apparently this is the 3rd dog that he is doing this to, and when one dies he instantly replaces it.
If anyone is willing to try and change his behaviour, there might be a couple of points to help:
1. Last summer, in 2017 President Solís signed a new Animal Welfare Bill giving less power to those mistreating animals. The new law amongst other things stipulates monetary fines ranging from a quarter to a half base salary, or c106,000 to c212,000 ($184-368), for those who mistreat, neglect or abandon animals.
2. If the owner is doing the bare minimum to avoid the label of mistreatment, which I doubt, he is DEFINITELY affecting tourism with this dog's constant crying, as I know people having left the area sooner than they would have liked.
I tried to make this man's shit behaviour not win over the animal's and alot of people's peace, and so I would be interested to hear if anyone succeeds where I failed.
If you stand at the junction by MegaSuper, you'll unfortunately probably still be able to hear the dog crying anytime of the day.
I was living in the south pacific. I was visiting Puerto for the first time to visit a friend who owns a popular hostel (rocking j's) I met in San Jose.
I was there for only a week when I said I have to go get the rest of my clothing and come back. and since I did that and have found that I am as close to heaven as I can get without dieing and intend to stay their until I die.
I couldn't agree more with every thing you said and the only thing I could add are some good pictures that back up what you have said.
I spent 8 days at Casa Luna and wish it could've been more! I spent most of my time on the large second floor patio on the huge comfy outdoor sofa watching the sea and the waves. To cool down there is a lovely private patio with plunge pool below. The house itself was very recently completed so everything is new and superbly decorated and with high ceilings and nice breezes. The kitchen has everything I needed so I cooked most meals in. The house was so fresh and breezy that I hardly used the AC in the bedrooms but it's nice to have so you can close off the rooms if you want to sleep in. I'll be back!
Well if you look at the weather charts you'll find that April generally has less rain than December...but these things really are hard to predict. The other thing to note is high season starts at Christmas and the week over Christmas/New Year's is generally considered peak season with extra high pricing for some places and you may have already missed the chance to book some of the best hotels/vacation rentals for the Christmas/New Year's week. April is generally quieter with one big exception: the week from ending on Easter Sunday Apr 21 is "Semana Santa" in Latin America and is a huge holiday. Town will be packed with Costa Rican tourists as well as international ones.
Help! We're a group of musicians from the US who are going to be vacationing in PV in February 2019. Anybody know anyone there with an upright bass that they might be willing to rent us for a week? Bringing a bass when we are just coming for fun, not for gigs, is too much expense and hassle, but we'd sure love to have one to play while we're there!
We just had a wonderful stay at Casa Luna beach house on Playa Negra , Puerto Viejo. The house is beautifully decorated and had everything that we needed from hairdryer to fully equipped kitchen. The dip pool was was an added bonus for us for evening or afternoon dips.
The location is ideal. Located on the ocean, you can hear the waves and feel the ocean breeze. It’s a 15 minute beach walk into town where we found delicious authentic foods, crafts and shopping. We brought back some groceries from the local grocery store for breakfast and snacks.
The manager Nina and owners Louise and Philip were very helpful with their knowledge of the PV area for sightseeing and excursions.
Definitely a 5 star for me and my husband. We can’t wait to go back
Thanks Louise, Philip and Nina
It looks like new owner doesn`t believe in art, fun or any kind of thing we could love to be there. Previous Owner Jack and Penny were amazing, but now the restaurant was provided with a little ``british boring no-beach/art`` touch...it`s a shame. I remember a bagpiper on Saint Patrick and the big party Jack use to make, now it`s gone, everything is gone