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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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Juan Carlos

buenos dias,
Se puede coger un bote taxi en sixaola hasta Isla Colon? Si hay que bajar hasta Admirante para coger el bote taxi, cuanto se dura de Sixaola a Admirante? se pueden coger taxis de sixaola a Admirante? cuanto cuestan?

August 21, 2017

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

The local transport page goes into detail on all your options.

First if you take the noon bus from San José this one goes down the coastal road to Manzanillo so will stop in Punta Uva (ask the driver). The other buses only go to downtown PV in which case you have the options of:
- taxi
- local buses
- rent a bike
Details are all on the local transport page.

August 18, 2017

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Bailey

Hello, I'll be taking the bus from San Jose to puerto Viejo tomorrow. I'm wondering what the best way to get to my hotel is, it is near punta uva. Do you have a suggestion? Thanks!

August 18, 2017

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

The getting around locally page has more info. You won't need a 4x4 unless you go well off the beaten path. More at local transport page.

August 17, 2017

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Guzman

Hi, me and three friends are heading to PV in a few days planning to check different beaches around the coast. We are planning to rent a car, it's a common car enough or should we rent a truck/4x4 ? I checked the driving instructions page but didn't mention road qualities outside of the road between limón and pv.

August 16, 2017

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Neither Puerto Viejo or Monteverde has an airport! Your easiest option would be to book a private van transport for your group. Alternatively you could book a shared shuttle to Arenal or to San Jose and then onto Puerto Viejo. Finally if you did want to fly you could fly to Limon from San Jose and then book transport to Puerto Viejo from there (about 45-60 min). All these options can be booked on these pages or you can contact our tour partner Gecko Trail and ask them to organize it for you.

August 12, 2017

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Rebecca PEARSALL

Hi, I am going to Costa Rica for 15 days and I wanted to start out in Manuel Antonio park area, then go to visit Monteverde. My question is, Is there a transportation route by plane to go from Monteverde to puerto viejo?

Thank you so much for your help!

August 12, 2017

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Yes, bus schedules are 7 days a week except in the rare cases indicated on the schedules. Christmas Day and Easter Sunday are the only days where service is sometimes reduced (but never eliminated).

July 25, 2017

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D Woodall

Hello! I just wanted to make sure buses run on sundays as well! I don't see any information about specific days. Thanks.

July 25, 2017

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

The Puerto Viejo area is quite a bit bigger than Dominical and if you count the adjoining communities such down the coast such as Playa Cocles, Punta Uva and Manzanillo (and also Cahuita) you'll find a very large variety of activities, beaches and vibes. The size of the population is similar to Quepos/Manuel Antonio area but there's a wider variety of places and things to do.

July 25, 2017

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Ashley

Is the city small like Dominical, a bit larger but spread out like Uvita or larger and closer to the other like Quepos?

July 25, 2017

Comment on Roberto's Restaurant and Tours

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James

Our snorkeling/hiking experience with Roberto was great! The weather was somewhat limiting with rain and choppy waters, but Ramon and Geraldo did their best to still give us a great experience. Ramon was able to guide us to see several fish, a shark, a stingray, a spider starfish, and sea cucumber. We were surprised how great a snorkeling experience it ended up being despite the weather. Then they served us delicious fresh papaya and pineapple on the shore before our hike.
Our hike through Cahuita National Park was a real treat! Our guide Geraldo was so knowledgeable and taught us how to really appreciate the jungle. We referred to his advice for the whole remainder of our trip as well. We saw monkeys, birds, lizards, spiders, a snake, several plants & flowers, and ate & drank from a coconut he cracked open. After our tour, he showed us a great place to eat lunch too and told us about his extensive studies in the plant life of Costa Rica. He was so intelligent and experienced- we were impressed and really enjoyed our time with him!
Overall, we had a great experience with Roberto Tours and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to observe and learn much about Costa Rica!

July 25, 2017

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NJ

HI I am trying to figure the best dates for carnaval 2017 in puerto viejo or limon. Which Carnaval is better?

July 24, 2017

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Diana

Excelente tour de snorkel en Punta Cahuita!!! Tigo, Mike, Capitan Ramon y Albertillo, son excelentes guias..!! Se ve la pasion que tienen por lo que hacen y lo enamorados que están de Cahuita..!! Fue una experiencia lindisima..!! Vimos tiburones, erizos, medusas, langostas, variedad de peces.. y chicos se nos hizo ver pulpo en Limon saliendo del tour.. la caminata por el sendero para regresar muy recomendable.. No se lo pierdan!!!! Gracias desde Tulum, Mexico..!!!

July 16, 2017

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andrea

Es verdaderamente un lugar mágico de conexión total con la naturaleza!! descanso y confort máximos y una atención muy personalizada

June 29, 2017

Comment on Sueño Grande Bed and Breakfast

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KD

I stayed at the Sueno Grande in late December and I could not be more happy with my stay. It was very clean and nicely decorated. Jody was incredibly accommodating and the food served every day was excellent (she even sent me with a bag of food for the road on the day I was leaving which was a great surprise and treat). I was travelling alone so safety was very important to me and I felt very safe at the Sueno Grande. She also gave excellent recommendations on things to do in the area. It was close to the beach and within walking distance from town. I would stay again if I had the opportunity.

June 24, 2017

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joel

hola buenas tardes me parecio bien interesante su reportaje, pero lo que masllamo la atención fue la parte que se refiere a los taxímetros, me gustaría saber si me pueden mandar mas información de cuanto cuestan, quien los vende (direcciones)etc.
Me despido y espero respuesta gracias.

June 11, 2017

Comment on Bar Va a Seguir

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

This restaurant has been reported as permanently closed.
Este restaurante ha sido reportado como permanentemente cerrado.

June 09, 2017

Comment on Mother Dear

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Mother Dear has been sold and effective June 30, 2017 the space will be operated by the new owners as a women's retreat.

June 06, 2017

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Esteban Piedra

Hay algún sistema de educación abierta para concluir bachillerato que no sea en un colegio? Mejor dicho, institutos de educación abierta.

May 24, 2017

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Craig Webster

Sueño Grande is a wonderful new B&B in the idyllic setting of Puerto Viejo. The pool is the perfect respite and the ocean is a short walk away. There are a number of nearby restaurants and plenty to do within an easy bike ride. Jody has plenty of ideas for things to do and is helpful from the moment you get to the airport in San Jose. The rooms are spacious and as nice as anything you would find in the US or Europe and better than nearly anything else you will find in Costa Rica. If you like comfort along with hanging out at the beach, or adventures, Sueño Grande is the place for you.

May 11, 2017

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

The main bus station in Puerto Viejo is right downtown here. There are a few earlier stops you can request though. And if you're taking the noon bus it goes all the way to Manzanillo so will stop at various points along the route such as at Cocles, Punta Uva etc.

April 24, 2017

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Authrene Ashton

If I take a bus to puerto viejo from san jose from the terminal atlantico norte where do I get dropped off in puerto viejo?

April 23, 2017

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SP

I just returned after spending 7 amazing days in PV! Best place iv been to in my entire life, PURA VIDA!!!

April 18, 2017

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Ricardo Rojas

Buenas!!! Me gustaria saber como puedo hacer o buses agarrar para llegar desde san jose hasta bocas del toro, es decir desde donde salen las lanchas o taxis, y si se ocupa el pasaporte para realizar el viaje??

April 18, 2017

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

This school has been reported as permanently closed.

April 10, 2017

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Natalia Ibañez

Buenos días! Tenía una duda sobre los autobuses para llegar de Guabito a Almirante, porque al principio comenta que hay autobuses directos, con coste aproximado de 10 $ y que dejan en el mismo Almirante, y en el siguiente párrafo dice que "Para seguir el viaje en bus público, hay que encontrar la parada del bús hacía Changuinola (aprox. 30 minutos) y luego tomar un bus de ahí a Almirante (30 minutos más)". ¿Podría aclarar mi duda, por favor? Muchas gracias, estoy segura de que su información nos será de gran utilidad.

April 10, 2017

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Melissa

We spent a week in Costa Rica. Only a few days in Puerto Viejo but it was our favorite place we've ever been. It was so friendly and laid back. Everyone made us feel welcomed and safe.

March 31, 2017

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Sarah

Tip: don't put your backpack or personal belongings in your basket of the bike. Guys on mopeds with drive close to you and try to snatch whatever you have in your basket. Witnessed this on my ride from Cocles to Punta Uva

March 30, 2017

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Kender Salas

Buen Día! Algún hotel recomendado para pasar la noche, serca de la frontera.... y parqueo para dejar el carro al lado tico... el número que está en la info del parqueo, no contestan!!! Gracias!

March 29, 2017

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Toma en nota las horas de la frontera! Es cerrado a las 5 hora de Costa Rica. Mejor para pasar la noche en Puerto Viejo o San José y toma un shuttle o bus el día antes. O podría considerar un vuelo San José a Bocas.

Las taxis compartidos en Guabito esperan a la frontera y son aproximadamente $10 por persona.

March 22, 2017

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Cecilia

Hola

Pensamos ir en bus un domingo. Salir de San Jose 2pm y llegar a Sixaola 7:30 pm. Cruzar la frontera. Tomar el taxi a Almirante y luego un taxi aquático a esas horas para llegar a Bocas esa noche aunque sea tarde. Usted me puede dar horarios de la frontera y de los aqua taxis?

Gracias muchas y saludos!

March 21, 2017

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Elizabeth

Unfortunately, PV was in the news again this last week with a murdered Canadian from Toronto (http://news.co.cr/canadian-tourist-stabbed-to-death-in-puerto-viejo-limon-costa-rica/57473/). My husband and I traveled to CR from Toronto in November with our 2 children and we did not feel unsafe, although we did not travel to the east coast. We flew in/out of SJ, drove down to Dominical, up to Rincon de la Vieja and over to Playa Coco. It was a fabulous 3 weeks with thoughts of possibly purchasing a property. Be smart, and ladies, don't do anything or go anywhere you wouldn't in Canada or the US. I would agree it's 100% common sense. Don't take any chances!!

March 14, 2017

Comment on Pizzeria Pulcinella

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Pizzeria Pulcinella is closed until April due to an illness in the family. Best of luck and we await your return!

February 23, 2017

Comment on Cafe del Mar

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

This restaurant has been reported as permanently closed.

February 23, 2017

Comment on Villa Luz y Sombra

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

This house is no longer being operated as a vacation rental.

February 12, 2017

Comment on Transportation between Bocas del Toro and Puerto Viejo

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

All the information above applies; you just take a quick lancha (passenger boat) from Bastimentos to the main island where you then choose whatever method you like as described in detail above to get to Puerto Viejo. The shuttle tickets you can purchase here include transport from the main dock on Isla Colon to your hotel in Puerto Viejo. I'm not aware of any border problems at this time, not sure what you're referring to.

February 01, 2017

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

This property has been closed and is being remodelled and will be reopened in the future as a Selina Hostel.

January 11, 2017

Comment on Jhosmar Gym

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Tino

Hi Monica lets me know if you are still planing to open a gym there, I am looking myself to open a gym. I have been an active (competition) bodybuilder and powerlifting before, and personal trainer too. So maybe a good option to open a gym there incase enough clients...

January 08, 2017

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

The Pacific has clearly defined rainy and dry seasons, the Caribbean not so much. Generally it rains for a bit then the sun comes out and it is glorious! Often the rain is at night at well. March is one of the drier months on the Caribbean Coast so it's an excellent choice! On the other hand, the dry season on the Pacific Coast MAY be ending by March; usually it's January to March and pretty reliably sunny but when it ends it is definitely rainier than the Caribbean.

December 27, 2016

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Ma

Hi,

My fiancee and I plan to stay for the first week of March near Manzanillo (Caribbean coast). We are based in London and love Costa rica's incredible biodiversity but mostly really miss the sun.
Do you think it is a good choice or if the sun is our n.1 priority we should go somewhere else?

I saw the charts you attached in your answer but I don t realise what it represent on a daily basis..

Thanks in advance for your answer

Marina

December 27, 2016

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

This restaurant has been reported as closed.

December 21, 2016

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Fatima

Hello.... Can you help please? How can I reach Puerto viejo from Tortuguero by public transport or shuttle. Thank you. Fatima

December 15, 2016

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

I don't know anything about Panamanian SIM cards but the boat drops you off at the Bocas Marine Tours dock which is in the main Bocastown which is the main settlement on the islands. Easy walk to lots of places that will sell you a SIM card and any other supplies you need then you can go back to the dock for a transfer to Solarte.

November 22, 2016

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April

Where do the water taxi's from Almirante to Isla Colon drop you off at? Would it be near the southern tip near the airport? I'm asking because when I arrive in Isla Colon, before moving on to Isla Solarte, I would like to purchase a local mobile SIM card. Someone mentioned I could do this at the Rosa Blanca pharmacy. I also see on the "Bocas Marine Tours" photos you have, the sign also says "Digicel" which is another mobile provider. Anyone have any experience with the mobile providers in BDT (more specificaly Isla Solarte if possible). Or would it be easier for me to purchase my SIM card when I arrive in Almirante?

November 22, 2016

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Puerto Viejo Satellite

Flying is not expensive. If you want to visit Bocas del Toro as well then I'd recommend you fly from Panama City to Bocas. There are several small Panamanian airlines (such as Air Panama) that do this route inexpensively. From Bocas grab one of the shuttles to Puerto Viejo and then on to San Jose. Alternatively you could fly to Changuinola, get a shared taxi to the border and then the bus to Puerto Viejo. Of course, you can fly directly from Panama City to San Jose too but that tends to be pricey and I'm assuming since you're on a Puerto Viejo site you are interested in visiting our Caribbean Coast!

November 15, 2016

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simone

Hi,

I'm looking to travel from Panama City to San Jose - wondering what would be best way,(not spending 16 hrs on a bus)? I am only coming to Panama for 2 weeks from, but i really don't want to leave without spending around a week in CR. I can't see anywhere that i can take a water taxi to

November 15, 2016

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