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These are the latest comments from our visitors about the Puerto Viejo area and locations listed on the site

Comment on Cabinas y Soda Sol y Mar

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Guiselle Castro

Recomiendo bien este lugar, calido y limpio, tarifas para nacionales comodas. Cahuita es un parque especial para pasar en familia y descansar

April 20, 2018

Comment on Residencia Kenia

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

A warning: there was another house being advertised using the pictures from Residencia Kenia called Villa Nera. Apparently this was a scam and the house did not exist. This listing has the correct information for Residencia Kenia.

April 09, 2018

Comment on Villa Nera

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

I'm sorry to hear about your experience Alexandre. I've removed/marked as closed this house. Thanks for reporting it here.

April 09, 2018

Comment on Villa Nera

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GUIRAUD Alexandre

BE CAREFULL !!! This villa does not exist. We've paid 750$ for 4 nights and the owner does not answer anymore. Moreover their website does not exist too!
Please AVOID we went to our police in France to have an international claim.

April 09, 2018

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John Bryant

what the heck happened to Outback jacks the former funky fun place to go it looks like a tornado went through it all the antiques artifacts and fun signs have been removed and the food leaves one wishing that I had gone somewhere else to eat.what a shame such a icon has disappeared from Puerto Viejo

April 03, 2018

Comment on Transportation between Bocas del Toro and Puerto Viejo

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

This topic is endlessly frustrating as what seems to be written on the official Panamanian and Costa Rica websites seems to differ from the reality on the ground. Caribe Shuttle runs multiple shuttles per day and so they are the most reliable source of what is being enforced and so I have changed our text above to agree with that. I would suggest using their chat function to verify your particular position.

That leaves you and others in an awkward position I know but what I do not know is how often these rules are enforced and whether there are ways around them. Despite what sounds like a very cut and dry policy I haven't actually heard of tourists being turned away at the border in any great numbers. A reservation saved on your phone is probably adequate proof. This blog post is rather informative on this topic.

March 23, 2018

Comment on Transportation between Bocas del Toro and Puerto Viejo

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Tanya Trenhaile

Hi,

I am living abroad in Costa Rica with a tourist visit currently but am going on vacation to Bocas at the end of April. On your site, you state proof of a return ticket out of Panama within 30 days is required and a bus/shuttle ticet is acceptable but I have read on caribeshuttle.com that Panama is only accepting PLANE tickets as acceptable proof.

They state the following: Please have your passport, and printed flight itinerary with you for immigration officials. Panama is only accepting flight itineraries for entry into Panama. (No bus tickets)
Your flight can be from anywhere in Central America back to your home country.

I am very worried now as to which information is correct and on the Panama Immigration site it simply states 'a return ticket'but does not specify whether it has to be by land or air. {I think-I speak minimal Spanish so I may have missed something!}. Any information you have on this matter would be much appreciated!

Gracias.

March 23, 2018

Comment on Puerto Viejo Transportation

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

No, no hay servicio en barco entre el Caribe de Costa Rica y Colombia (ni Panama, ni otros lugares tampoco). Lo único manera para llegar en barco al Caribe es en crucero a Limón.

March 21, 2018

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Marta

Hola :)
Estoy planificando mi viaje a Costa Rica desde Colombia sin tener que cruzar por Panamá. Existe la opcion de llegar desde Colombia en barco hasta Puerto Viajo?
Gracias :)
Abrazo,
Marta

March 21, 2018

Comment on Puerto Viejo Health and Safety

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Carolina

Hola, ayer me asaltaron y robaron mi bolso de la bicicleta mientras iba de cocles a playa chiquita al aproximarse con un auto. Dentro de toooodo lo que robaron, hay 3 objetos que pueden llamar la atención, ya que no los he visto por aquí, por si los ven, de alguna manera puedan dar con los antisociales

March 16, 2018

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Dagmar

Is there anywhere in puerto viejo i can buy yarn or stuff for crocheting?

March 10, 2018

Comment on Transportation between Bocas del Toro and Puerto Viejo

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Si tiene tan poco tiempo en Puerto Viejo Porque piensas de ir a Bocas? Hay un montón de cosas de hacer en el Caribe Sur de Costa Rica. Pero si quiere ir a Bocas y regresar al mismo día tiene que elegir el tour. Si va en shuttle y regresa el mismo día va a tener un o dos horas máximo en Bocas, no bastante tiempo para ver nada.

March 07, 2018

Comment on Transportation between Bocas del Toro and Puerto Viejo

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Lara

he leido todas las instrucciones, y las alternativas, pero no me queda en claro si me conviene mas ir en el paquete por un día donde te llevan aun cayo de coral y despues a playa roja q no se bien donde queda, o si me conviene ir en un shutles que me deje en bocas del toro, ya que una vez llegado ahi no sabría que hacer, ya que solo tenemos esa tarde apra estar ahi y luego volver, que me recomendas? viajo con mi novio el 23 de Marzo y vamos a estar hasta el 25 en Puerto viejo, alquilamos una 4x4, gracias por tu ayuda!

March 07, 2018

Comment on Correos de CR

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Janet .

I wish i knew her name (next time I'll ask!) but the young woman is ALWAYS helpful. I may go weeks or even months between stopping in to check my POBox, often she greets me by calling out, "You've got mail". There has been a huge improvement in the management and customer service in this location, we are fortunate to have the current staff and facility

February 28, 2018

Comment on Puerto Viejo Weather

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Priscilla Fernández Abarca

Hello, I'm planning on going to Puerto Viejo on the last week of March, was wondering how was the weather on this period of the year. If it's supposed to be raining a lot or dry?

February 26, 2018

Comment on About Puerto Viejo

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Tess unger

Alexa, if possible, please provide a way for folks to get in touch- I would like to share this with folks i know who might be able to help. Can you comment with your email?

February 24, 2018

Comment on Hotel Kasha

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Hotel Kasha came under new ownership i believe in 2017 and changed their business model (no longer all inclusive). They were briefly known as Hotel Sibu as well.

February 23, 2018

Comment on About Puerto Viejo

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Alexa

IMPORTANT: Anyone who has experience dealing with women’s issues in Latin America, specifically Costa Rica, we urgently need your help. My friend and travel companion Sonia Guimil are in a small town on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica called Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, known for its relaxed vibe and Jamaican influence. But last night we saw the underbelly of this place, which is not unique to this town but a sad reality for countless women worldwide that we just happened to witness.

We were walking back to our hotel around 11pm last night when we heard screams of sheer terror coming from a house down the street. We stopped to figure out what was happening and saw the shape of a man holding a large 2x4 wooden board over his head. He then brought it down full force onto a woman cowering on the ground. Her young son was standing nearby screaming for the man to stop while both mom and child screamed and sobbed. We yelled at the man to stop and when he raised the board again, without a second thought we were running over there. Of course the thought crossed my mind about the danger of the situation, but you can’t stand by and watch a man beat the shit out of a woman (and while her child looks on to boot).

He ran into his house by the time we had approached, and the woman was crumpled in a puddle on the street while her boy ran off sobbing into the night. Sonia stayed to help the woman while I ran after the kid, who turned a corner and promptly curled up into a ball on the curb and sobbed violently, shoulders shaking. I did my best to comfort and hold him and tell him lies like everything will be ok. Finally he calmed down enough to tell me at my prompting that they had no family here; they live an hour away, and that the man wasn’t his dad but the boyfriend of his mom. I finally picked up the boy- probably around 8 years old- and carried him around the corner where Sonia had gotten the woman up and started walking her away from the house. Apparently the man had come out again but did not threaten the woman again with Sonia there.

We took mom and son, still sobbing and mom going into shock — the top of her hand swollen to the size of an apple due to the pulverization of her hand or wrist; her son’s crying renewed when he looked up at his mom — to a friend’s house and urged them to call the police and get ready to take the woman to a hospital. She was hyperventilating and said the pain in her hand was extreme. She also had a rectangular board-sized red/swollen mark on her upper arm and a cut under a forming black eye.

Finally the police came and said the only way they could take any action would be if she renounced the guy and filed a report. Sadly as is the case with many battered women, they are reticent to take action against their abuser for a variety of reasons- they may have no way to support themselves; they may have nowhere to go; they may in fact actually love the man (who likely had beat her before but promised never to do it again, as often happens). Her friends encouraged her to make a report as did we, but when we left she was still in the police truck and we don’t know what she decided.

We finally left the woman when it was clear there was nothing more we could do — it has been about an hour and a half at that point. When we got back to our hotel we felt the crash from the earlier adrenaline; we were sickened and saddened and infuriated. I immediately felt like I wanted to leave this place, but the reality is that this kind of thing happens everywhere- most of the time we just don’t see or hear it. The other sad part was the fact that not ONE person came to the aid of this woman and her child despite the fact that every single neighbor would have heard the abuse happening. Even the local people and police didn’t seem terribly surprised or even concerned.

So finally, this is what we need help with: we are going to dedicate today, our last day in this town, to pulling together resources for this woman that we will give to her friend to hopefully pass along. CR has some programs to support women in this situation from what we’ve seen online, but we don’t know much about navigating this system especially in this remote place. We desperately need ANY recommendations people might have, even if it’s just that you take advantage of a reliable internet connection and research for us but especially if you or someone you know has worked here or in other parts of Central America and has ideas.

Because that man could have easily killed this woman last night (who couldn’t have been older than 22), or may do so still, and if there’s anything we can do to give her the strength and support to avoid going back to him, we need to try. And possibly we will educate a few of the local people here in the process that violence against woman should not/does not have to be tolerated. Because again, two gringas are the only ones who came to their aid —which says something about the acceptance level of violence against women in this culture.

Sorry to post something so awful here, but please SHARE with anyone who can help us pull together resources and ideas that we can pass on today — please leave comments with any suggestions. This will be our main task before we leave and is our last chance to help in an immediate way. Thank you so much for reading this and for any support you can offer.

-Kimber & Sonia

February 23, 2018

Comment on Puerto Viejo Transportation

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Yes, there are shared ride shuttles that pickup in all of the South Caribbean zone to meet at the flights out of Limon. You can book it here

February 06, 2018

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jomarie

we are staying in punta uva and have a 7:30 am flight out of Limon. Is there any option for transportation that morning to the airport that will get us there by 7 am?

February 06, 2018

Comment on Tourist Police

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Sorry to hear about your bag. You must report it in person at the tourist police office or the OIJ office in Bribri. There's more info on the safety page.

They do not have a website nor can they take complaints over the phone unfortunately.

January 27, 2018

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Bryce

Could you please tell me the best way of reporting a stolen bag to the Costa Rican police, I would like to make a report in case my bag gets found or handed in to police. Could you help with email address or correct web site for official police.
Thank you.

January 27, 2018

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laura andrea arrigo

Hola buenas tardes, somos dos amigas de Argentina, que estamos organizando viajar hasta San Jose desde Argentina, ahi alquilar un auto recorrer desde San Jose hasta la frontera con Panama para luego cruzar a Bocas del Toro, sabes de data de agencia de alquiler que podamos retirar auto en San Jose y entregar auto en Puerto Viejo?? Gracias

January 20, 2018

Comment on Puerto Viejo Vegetarian and Vegan

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Thanks for the tip Daniela. The place looks very nice and I haven't had a chance to check it out yet! I've added a listing page for it here but don't think it qualifies for the Vegetarian page as there is only the 1 vegetarian option and nothing vegan but that veggie burger looks good!

January 13, 2018

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Daniela

Hi, I can highly recommend Soulsurfer Restaurant. Very nice place right on the beach. Veggie Burger, tuna burger - all fresh. Even the sauces are homemade. Founded with love by two Germans. This must not be missing in the list. Brand new - a secret tip. Enjoy it.

January 13, 2018

Comment on Puerto Viejo Weather

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Conte Lorusso

We stayed in Cahuita over New Year period and had nearly constant rain - the sun was out part of 1 morning for 5 days. When we left, the sea was wild and the color of mud. Rain was predicted for the next week, so we cancelled our plans to go to Manzanillo.

January 11, 2018

Comment on Puerto Viejo Transportation

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

There is no airport express bus or anything like that. Most people take a taxi from the San Jose to the airport; Uber or a taxi will cost you about $15 USD. The public bus that services the airport is run by TUASA so if you do want to do that you would take the TUASA San Jose-Alajuela express service but the bus service is about a 10 min walk away in what can not always be a great area of town. To walk is about 10 minutes but if you elect to do this you might want to take a taxi to that stop. You can ask Google map for directions from Terminal Atlantico Norte to Parada Alajuela if you want to see the route.

January 02, 2018

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caine

Hi, My partner and i will get the bus from puerto viejo to san jose on saturday and need to get to the airport. is there another bus from atlantico norte terminal we can take to the airport if the times link up? or even a local bus if we have to walk a few blocks first? Thanks...

January 02, 2018

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

No sé si hay un parqueo cerca las lanchas pero si no me imagino que hay algo en Changuinola. El otro opción es podría tomar su auto a Bocas. Hay una transbordar para autos pero pienso que solamente 2 días por semana. Posiblemente es más fácil para dejar su auto en Sixaola. Después de la frontera la lancha es solamente 45 minutas.

January 01, 2018

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Willy

Se puede viajar desde CR en vehículo particular ( con el respectivo permiso de salida del país ) hasta Almirante y dejarlo aparcado en un lugar seguro para desde ahí tomar la lancha hacia Bocas?

January 01, 2018

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

No need to spend the night in SJ for a 12:40pm arrival unless you want to. There's a shared shuttle, the Airport Express, that leaves the airport at 2:30pm. There are also public buses which leave at 4pm and 6pm from the Terminal Atlantido in downtown San Jose (allow at least an hour to get from the airport there). For those you might consider the taxi/bus service in which the taxi driver gets your bus ticket in advance and the picks you up at the airport for your bus. All three of those services can be booked right here at this link.

December 27, 2017

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Coral

Hey, Im going to land at SJO at 12:40 pm, and from there will be trying to get to Cahuita. Was wondering if there is a direct bus I could take, or if its worth getting a personal driver, or staying the night in San Jose for a shuttle early.

December 27, 2017

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Maia

Just a pedicure and a manicure at Celia’s Beauty Shop. I would recommend this salon. Celia is a lovely lady and does a very good job. Thank you!

December 19, 2017

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

It's nice to have a reservation but most of the time it isn't possible. Hard to predict the traffic on Christmas Eve. They do add extra buses when it's really busy so it's not generally a problem. You could go to the bus station earlier or the day before and get your ticket. Or you can purchase the taxi and bus service if you like here which is another option. In this case, the driver picks up your ticket in advance then picks you up at the airport or your hotel and delivers you to the bus station.

I've tried that number myself recently and no one picked up after many rings; I don't think it has changed but not entirely sure. Getting an answer out of MEPE isn't easy...If you find a different number let us know!

December 16, 2017

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Hi Wayne, we're happy to have any and all local businesses listed! But the site requires a community effort, the options are so extensive! If the business hasn't submitted a listing for their place, feel free to add it on our new listing form or I'll add those two to my to-do list.

December 16, 2017

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Petra

Hi,

as I would like to take the bus from San José to Puerto Viejo de la Talamanca on December 24th, 2017: Is it necessary to make reservations in advance due to the holidays? Or maybe go very early on the day I want to leave for Puerto Viejo?

Unfortunately, today (December 15th) I can't get a hold of anyone over the phone. Has the number changed?

Thank you very much in advance for your help!

December 15, 2017

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Pee Jay

We stayed in Playa Negra 8 days and Cocles 8 days. We didn't like the first place, but since it was so close to Banana Azul, we ate there a lot! They had the best service, great grounds and great food! We found several other nice dining places too.
We enjoyed the tiny Town, beaches and learning Spanish.
No one bothered us. Everyone is realtor and Tour Guide, ????????. We plan to return next year!!

November 27, 2017

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Doug

The Italian (I think?) owner knows his coffee and made me the best coffee I've had on the Caribbean Coast!

November 27, 2017

Comment on Puerto Viejo Weather

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Doug

I can't say this enough about the Caribbean: weather is unpredictable! There's very little defined season here for when it's raining unlike the Pacific. But I also can't say this enough: it rarely rains enough to ruin your day. Rain, when it comes, comes in short spurts and often overnight. You go on with your day and appreciate the break from the heat! As for mud, that's not a problem in coastal areas; that's a problem in the mountains so I'm not sure where you're hearing that but it's not accurate about Puerto Viejo or the other beach communities. In 25 years of going to Puerto Viejo many many times I've had 1 trip which had exception storms and the weather ruined it but that was a truly exceptional situation! Every other time was glorious and/or I found it too hot.

November 23, 2017

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Mishka

Hi! We are planning to visit Puerto Viejo in late December ( 20th) and enjoy it's beauty. I am reading tons of discouraging posts about heavy rain,lots of mud. What is your call and experience on rain in December in Puerto Viejo- Cahuita area? Many thanks, abrazo, Mishka

November 22, 2017

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

After 5 years of operating under the radar with no sign and no license, the authorities have closed down Lazlo's. So unless they get licensed and pop back up this place is now closed.

Después de 5 años de operación sin rotulo y sin permisos, Restaurante Lazlo ha estado cerrado por los autoridades. Tal vez van a reabrir pero por ahora están cerrados.

November 16, 2017

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

The mini-mall that this pharmacy was located in is now under construction as a giant expansion for Old Harbour supermarket so Farmacia Amiga is closed but plenty of others have opened in the meantime.

El minicentro de compras donde estaba ubicado Farmacia Amiga está cerrada ahora y un edificio grande para Supermercado Old Harbour está en construcción. Pero hay varias farmacias nuevas que han abierto recientemente.

November 16, 2017

Comment on Bar Va a Seguir

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

They've reopened in a new location beside Ocho Nani on Calle 215

November 12, 2017

Comment on Local Transportation around Puerto Viejo

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Hi, I'm not aware of any place that has carriers or trailers but they may exist. This same question was asked in 2014 but unfortunately no one answered it so please let us know if you do find out! The biggest bike rental place in town is Gallo; the phone we have for them is +506 8641-4314 so maybe you can ask them and please post a follow-up here if you get an answer.

October 30, 2017

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Sabrina

Hi there! I'm thinking about bringing my family to PV in Jan. My daughters will be 3yrs old and 7 months. Do you know if we can rent a trailer attachment like a chariot for our bikes?

October 30, 2017

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Hakan

Are there no ways to travel bu buss or shuttle in the evening (or overnight) from San Jose to Puerto Viejo. This would be a interesting service to be offered......

October 03, 2017

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Doug

The easiest snorkeling to get to in PV is at Punta Uva and the reef there protects the beach very well so it is very calm seas there year round. It's possible there will some reduction in visibility though. The snorkeling tours tend to go to the reef in Cahuita or other places by boat and they will be less protected in the case of rougher seas so if you do want to book one of them I'd recommend waiting to see what conditions are like and booking just a day or two ahead as conditions do vary often from day to day. And ask the operator at the time of course! They won't run the snorkel tours if conditions are bad anyway.

September 30, 2017

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Kean Millward

This place is my favorite restaurant! Lovely freshly prepared food, best wine selection in the region. Authentic Italian :)

September 29, 2017

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Unfortunately, no. Leaving your belongings out on the beach unattended is asking for them to be taken and encourages those types of petty thieves to hang around the beaches. Make a buddy on the beach and drop your bag with them while you're in the water. And either way, don't bring valuables to the beach.

September 13, 2017

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susie

Great article! I'm a single mum and my daughters (age 21 and 10)and I rented a car in San Jose and drove to Puerto Viejo. The roads were fantastic. We stayed in PV for 10 days before moving on to Manuel Antonio and Nicoya and I regret that we didn't stay longer. It was by far the most beautiful area with safe coves for my little one to swim compared to the punishing surf on the Pacific Side. Snorkeling was a favorite past time and you could even do it off the town beach, which is a testament to the strong eco-preservation movement prevalent in the entire country. I've never seen such clean beaches, and no garbage roadside either. There was animal life EVERYWHERE. Literally bands of monkeys and sloths hanging right outside your door. Animal rescue center was incredible. Next time we will do some tours. amaamamaa

September 11, 2017

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