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Puerto Viejo Satellite

I don't have the exact number but it will be very affordable, under 2,000 colones I would guess...I wouldn't worry too much the bus drivers are very reliable and have change. Just make sure you have colones.

February 26, 2020

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

I'm not sure how you want to travel to Tortuguero -- you said you don't want to travel by public bus or by shuttle so how were you hoping to get there? You can drive yourself to the boat launches, that's pretty much the only other way. In any case, there's a very detailed guide to travel between Puerto Viejo and Tortuguero on our travel to Tortuguero page. That shows you all the possible options.

February 25, 2020

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Sarah Melissa Siegesleitner

Hey, I want to go from Puerto Viejo to Tortuguero, but not by public bus or by shuttle. Is this possible?
I can't find anything. Some locals told me it's possible from Puerto Limón,but I can't find a anything on the internet.

February 23, 2020

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Hi George, Sorry for the confusion. MEPE announced schedule changes in late December and we updated them on the site but not the text surrounding them. According to MEPE's announcement the new schedule which is shown above is the same 7 days a week. I've corrected it above.

February 23, 2020

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google

I'll be using the public bus to travel to Punta Uva to Cahuita, my rented house is on the beach side, do I have to go to the Punta Uva bus stop

February 03, 2020

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Theoretically possible but probably not unless you booked some private transport. You'd have to go near Puerto Viejo to do it anyway so it would be a lot easier if you stopped here. The latest shuttle to Bocas from PV leaves at noon and the trip from Tortuguero takes a while too. For private transport options, contact one of our travel partners such as Gecko Trail. Another possibility which would be the fastest though it could add up in cost is fly Tortuguero to San Jose with Sansa then fly San Jose to Bocas with Skyway. More info on our Tortuguero and Bocas pages.

January 26, 2020

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Stefannie

Hi

Im going to Tortuguero and afterwards I want to go to Bocas. Is it possible to get there in one day or should I stay in Puerto viejo ans then continue? Thanks for your help

January 23, 2020

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Stefannie

Hi

Im going to Tortuguero and afterwards I want to go to Bocas. Is it possible to get there in one day or should I stay in Puerto viejo ans then continue? Thanks for your help

January 23, 2020

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

At that hour your options are overnight in San Jose or book a private driver. I don't recommend driving yourself at that hour if you were considering a rental car.

December 21, 2019

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Maria

Hello! We’re landing at 5.30 pm at San Jose on the 27th of December and are going to Puerto Viejo - what is the best option for us? I see on the schedules there is nothing running after 6pm - is there any option we can book (is it safe?) or do we have to spend the night in San Jose? Thank you!

December 21, 2019

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December 04, 2019

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Doug

Definitely takes the crown for the best coffee in Puerto now! Cool space with chill music and friendly staff. And some great looking clothes and gear!

November 26, 2019

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Doug

Andrés put on a new chain for me today and was super professional, super fast and very reasonably priced. Thank you Andrés!

November 25, 2019

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

MEPE generally runs some service on that day but they may not run all buses. I haven't seen them post a holiday schedule yet unfortunately.

November 24, 2019

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Maya denola

Hello, arriving in SJO Christmas morning. Will buses be running that day to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca?

Thank you!

November 24, 2019

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Closed for renovations during November 2019, reopening soon.

November 23, 2019

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Chrissi

Ich durfte im August und September den Toto und das Redfrogteam kennenlernen. Ich habe mich direkt wohl gefühlt und habe es Genossen so nah in der Natur zu sein. Es hat mir sehr viel Spaß gemacht, wir haben bei den Touren sehr viel erlebt und gesehen. Ich habe alle Touren gemacht, ob es die nachttour war, die tortuguero Tour usw. Ich war jedes Mal aufs neue über die Natur begeistert. Die Station ist aufjedenfall einen Besuch wert, es lohnt sich!

November 03, 2019

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Nancy Hodgeson

Excellent taxi and bus information for Puerto Viejo. Thanks

November 01, 2019

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Tonya

Hi Kahlil, I'm curious about your summer trip and research into retiring in this area. Were there any aha moments that sealed the deal for you? I'm considering the same but have not made up my mind between Costa Rica and Panama. I'm taking a trip down in April 2020 to hopefully narrow the field. Would be interested in hearing about what you have learned.

October 30, 2019

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peter wright 8326 8355

does anyone know of good Tailor service in Puerto viejo Talamanca

October 10, 2019

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Airport Express transfers are at the airport terminal, the other companies such as interbus are a 3 minute taxi ride away. All shuttles must be booked in advance. For the public bus, you would take a 30 minute taxi to bus station near downtown San Jose.

October 09, 2019

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Michael Barton

I am arriving Dec 27 st San Jose going to Puerto viejo. Is the shuttle at the airport or do I just grab a taxi to bus station? How much should I expect to pay for taxi? Do I book ahead for shuttle? Thank you.

October 09, 2019

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September 25, 2019

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Wasti

Esta gente debe entender, que und cliente no es un limosnero. El banco esta para el servicio al cliente y vive de su dinero.

August 27, 2019

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Puerto Viejo Satelite

From Limón Airport, the best place to get the public bus to Sixaola is from the MEPE bus terminal in downtown Limón. It MAY be possible to flag down a bus on the highway opposite the airport but we don't really recommend it. Take a taxi there or prebook a shuttle to Puerto Viejo or all the way to Sixaola or contact Caribe Shuttle and ask them if they'll pick you up at the Limón Airport for transport to Bocas. There's more info on transport from Limón airport on our flying page.

August 25, 2019

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

All the return schedules from Puerto Viejo to San Jose are also there just in their own section further down or go to them directly here. The last express bus from Sixaola to San José leaves at 3:00 pm so you'd have to arrive in Guaybito, Panama before 2:30pm at the latest but there are later buses from Sixaola to Puerto Viejo and onto Limón (where you could catch a connection to San José).

August 25, 2019

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andre

Hi, when getting off the plane in Limon airport, where do we catch the bus to Sixaola? also after crossing the border, how do we get to the Boca Island?
thx
A

August 23, 2019

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andre

Hi,
i want to travel from Bocas to San Jose with public express bus. What is the latest time to leave the island so i can catch the last bus on a saturday.
All schedules show SJ to PV but not PV to SJ.
thx
A

August 23, 2019

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

I don't think there's really a safety concern either way. Some of the hotels around the airport include transport so that might be easier after a long day but then you'll just have to go back to the airport to get the car so I'd just get it right away. On the other hand if you were staying in central San José where I prefer rather than near the airport you could wait and not deal with traffic and directions in San José at night. Then it's easiest enough to pick up a car in San José the next day as all the major rental companies have offices in San José (mostly to the west of the city, near Parque Sabana). Also note that highway 32 to the Caribbean is close by downtown San Jose so it's actually easier/closer to the Caribbean coast from downtown.

August 06, 2019

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Stephen

We’re getting into San Jose around 8PM so we know that driving to PV is not recommended this late. We’ll stay the night in San Jose and then leave for PV in the morning (rental car). Would you recommend we rent the car the night we land and drive to our hotel near the airport or do you suggest we take a taxi to our hotel the night we land and rent the car the next day? Safety is our main concern and we’re not concerned with added expense.

August 06, 2019

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Gabriela soto

Estoy tratando de llamar y me dicen que ese número no existe yo fui como un año y me gustaría volver

August 04, 2019

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Gaby

¡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?

July 16, 2019

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

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.

July 13, 2019

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Marielle

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,
Marielle

July 10, 2019

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Jackeline Solis

Super recomendado, Hospedaje cerca de la playa, lugares de comida, habitaciones muy limpias, amplias y bien organizadas, muy seguro, y personal amigable

July 03, 2019

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Hershall Morse

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.
Thanks,
"Pura Vida "
Hershall Morse

June 26, 2019

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Glad it helped! No, MEPE drivers don't generally speak English other than the basics. Sorry, I don't have rates for the local buses but they're all very cheap and your ticket should show the cost.

June 25, 2019

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paulsmith

Hi! Thanks for the great info about local buses in the area. Can you also provide sample fares from main points, i.e., PV to Cahuita, PV to Manzanillo, etc?
Also, do MEPE drivers often speak English?

June 24, 2019

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Welcome Michael! Feel free to add your accommodation option listing on Puerto Viejo Satellite as well, you just need to fill out the new listing form.

June 09, 2019

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Michael Fry

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

June 09, 2019

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Javier Valverde Avalos

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.

April 21, 2019

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Hostel Bro

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)

March 29, 2019

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Susan J

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

March 25, 2019

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

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.

March 24, 2019

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Debra Morris

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.

March 24, 2019

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Cathryn

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

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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..

February 26, 2019

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oscar rivera soto

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

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Kara

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!!!

February 25, 2019

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