These are the latest comments and questions from our visitors about the Puerto Viejo area and the topics covered on the site
Marilia from Brazil
From Pavones (Pacific Coast) to PV
Hi, I´d like to know how I can get to PV from Pavones. I suppose it has to be through Panama instead of going back to San Jose, but could anyone please tell me which cities I have to go to? And if there are any shuttle services to take from here to there too? This site answears a lot already, by the way. Thank you.
February 08, 2011
Connie from USA
Safely in Puerto Viejo
Hi. I really enjoyed your write up. Our family lived in Playa Chaquita for a yr and a half a couple of yrs back. We had our six sons with us. I always felt completely safe to let them run about, biking into town, going to stores and intermingling with locals. It was such a rich experience for all of us.
February 08, 2011
marianney from Denver, CO
do the beaches compare to Caribbean islands?
Thanks for this write up! I have been wanting to check out the Caribbean side because I prefer the calmer waters and softer sand beaches that is typical of the Caribbean islands and Mexico's Riviera Maya. Would you say that the sand and water are comparable to that? I can't say I like the look of the Pacific beaches (from photos) but have not been there yet first hand to know for sure.
Also, my fiance says the surf is not as consistent there. True?
February 07, 2011
Marilia from Brazil
Rent around Black Beach
Hey, thanks a lot for these site, I read all of the comments and learned a lot. In fact I contacted the school mentioned before and it looks great.
SO, if anyone knows about rent for an apparment, house or cabina with kitchen for not more than US 300, please let me know. I´m thinking about spending some months in the area (close to Black Beach would be better). thanks a lot.
February 05, 2011
Kailee from Ashland, OR
An inviting paradise with all the comforts of home
One of the most important things to me when I travel is having warm and professional hosts. This is especially true when you are in a foreign country. As an innkeeper back home, I guess you could say that I have high expectations. I can truly say that Jim and Debbie fulfilled my expectations and beyond. The lodging also exceeds expectations. When I have stayed in cottage-style rentals in the past, I would often notice that the dishes, etc. were kind of funky. This is untrue for Mother Dear; whoever cleans does it immaculately. I recommend staying here for a comfortable, safe and enriching experience.
February 05, 2011
Uno de los mejores restaurantes italianos en los que he degustado una excelente comida, 1000% recomendados
February 04, 2011
Terri from Austin, USA
Right on Collin
Love your comments Colin. I spent a month two different years in this community. The people are amazing, the climate is the best ever and I have never been healthier and happier than when I spent time in Puerto Viejo.
It does take a certain type of person to love this country...if you want to bring Western America there...stay home where you already have it...if you want to fall in love with the country, it's people, it's beaches, the food, and want to just slow down...don't miss this trip on your bucket list in life.
February 02, 2011
Can anyone recommend some inexpensive/affordable places for long term rentals? I was wanting something with at least 2 bedrooms, hot water, internet access, and privacy. Something off the beaten path with lots of opportunities to enjoy nature, but safe. We won't be coming down for several months, but I would love to go ahead and get in contact with someone and make plans! Also, does anyone have an opinion or experience on long term car rental, buying an inexpensive 4x4 in CR, or shipping a car from the States? Thanks!
February 02, 2011
Larry & Donna from Winnipeg, Canada
We were warmly welcomed by Debbie and Jimmy and shown to our meticulously clean, spacious cabin filled with all the amenities required. You could eat off the floor!! We arrived late and they were kind enough to stock our fridge with items to tide us over to the next day. The location was fabulous with an approx. 15-20 minute walk to town. The ocean front cabins provided a wonderful view to the ocean and beautifully landscaped grounds. Debbie and Jimmy were very accommodating and wonderful hosts. Honey and Tiny were friendly too!!
February 01, 2011
Joanne from Ontario, Canada
We stayed next door at Casa Las Brisas and were able to use all of the amenities of Banana Azul. The staff were very helpful when we were trying to decide what to do and how to do it, the facilities were very clean and the food was great. I can't speak for the rooms but our experience as guests was very good.
January 30, 2011
Stephanie and Leyton from Osoyoos BC Canada
When we decided that we wanted to visit Costa Rica we based our trip around visiting the Jaguar Rescue Center. It is truly a great thing that is being done here. Our favourite was the baby sloth named chocolate chip. We highly recommend visiting the center.
January 27, 2011
Mary Little from Costa Rica via Michigan
I was tempted the first time by the whole pig roasting in front of the Beach Hut on a Sunday morning. I went back for lunch and everything was wonderful. Then I took my friends there the next time I was in town. We were ever so lucky that it was sushi night. Not only was the sushi very fresh and well rolled, there was also a salad of marinated baby squid and seafood croquets. I was in love with it all.
I need not rave more but only say I go back everytime I'm back in Perto Viejo. Keep up the fine food in the perfectly relaxed environment!
January 26, 2011
Cathy Geard from Ontario, Canada
Thank you to Maythe for making my son's and my trip through Costa Rica safe and enjoyable. Your hardwork, patience and understanding our situation was greatly appreciated. Everywhere you booked us was exceptional, our transport worked out perfectly. I felt safe and happy travelling on my own with a 12 year old son.
Arenal was fantastic both the hotels and volcanoe tours. The boat-jeep ride fun and a exceptionally beautiful hotel in Monteverde. The towns and people both friendly and safe.
We are back now in Canada and would like to thank you for your time and hardwork putting together a wonderful package for us. The last week of our trip turned out amazing and fun, leaving us with great memories of Costa Rica.
Cathy Geard and Mike
January 18, 2011
Philip from Illinois
My girlfriend and I decided to get away for our anniversary last year, and after doing some research ended up booking a few days at Cabinas Guarana. The rooms were clean, great location, the staff was incredibly friendly, and in fact, we ended up riding the bus from San Jose to Puerto Viejo with the owner and some of her friends sitting right in front of us! Once we arrived in Puerto Viejo, although it was only a few blocks, our new friends even offered to lend their taxi giving us a ride with our bags. All in all, a good choice at a good price.
January 16, 2011
Joy from Kerby, OR
Pita and hummus and gyros, oh my!
Such a great find, in such an out of the way place. Who would have expected to find excellent Mediterranean cuisine in little Punta Uva? With wonderful ambiance, too?
Our favorite place near Puerto Viejo.
January 15, 2011
Marcelo from Porto Alegre
Fiquei 30 dias atras de ondas, viajando de carro pela Costa Rica, a criminalidade é mito, só encontrei um povo muito camarada, "pura vida" como dizem por lá. Pavones, Jacob, Tamarindo, Playa Negra, são todas lindas. Quanto a alugar carro, bem, opte por um 4X4 é mais seguro. As estradas são ruins sim mas nada é pior que o interior do nordeste brasileiro, viaje durante o dia.
January 13, 2011
Marleen from Holanda
Le Blanc is now LUNA NEGRA
Hotel Le Blanc has been take over by two dutch girls and has had a mejor facelift. Its new name is: LUNA NEGRA. The place looks awesome after some very necesary remodelations and renovacions. The failing hot showers are beeing put in, the cabinas have been painted, the beds have brand new sheets, the curtains are new and the towels too. The resaurant offers breakfast and a daily dinner special and the bar is open untill 10 pm. On Thursday nights there is a backgammon tournament and hotel guests and locals are always welcome to join us for a cold beer or cocktail, while gazing at the beautiful black beach afternoon lights and rising stars and moon. Hope to see your soon at the LUNA NEGRA in black beach, Puerto Viejo!
January 11, 2011
Barry Stevens from Puerto Viejo
School in Puerto
Courtney - There's a Waldorf School in town - contact Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org
January 11, 2011
Daryl and Tessa Gottlieb
The staff at Gecko Trails, especially Nina, were truly a gift from God. My wife and I were planning our wedding in Puerto Viejo from the United States, so, as you can imagine, there were countless issues regarding transportation for ourselves and our guests, not to mention the task of organizing our rehearsal meal and multiple excursions.
I can't say enough about Nina. We exchanged well over 100 emails, and engaged in multiple skype conversations, in the months leading up to our New Year's Eve wedding. She was not just responsive to my questions, but alwasy quick to offer suggestions or input regarding our plans. She was our "boots on the ground," as it were, and I can confidently say that our trip, and those of our family members, would not have been the success it was but for the professional and caring assistance of Nina.
We also had the opportunity to honeymoon at Banana Azul, where Gecko Trail has a kiosk set up. The staff members there were awesome as well, always willing to provide restaurant suggections, input on excursions, and even their weather predictions.
This is an honest company, and run like a well-oiled machinge, from top to bottom. Trust them with your plans, and you will not go wrong.
January 10, 2011
Carin and Greg from Bocas del Toro, Panama
Selvin's food was AMAZING
What can I say, we were blown away by the food, and it was very reasonably priced. Presentation, flavors, etc., were TOP CHEF quality. Don't miss it.
January 09, 2011
Maxine from San Francisco, CA
I only wish I had booked for a longer stay!
Jimmi and Debbie are the most gracious hosts I have ever had! I was welcomed with open arms and they had even grocery shopped for me (I'm a vegan so it's no easy task.). I felt as if I were family being welcomed for the holidays. The cottage itself has everything you could ever possibly think of wanting. The property has a majestic feel that is indescribably forcing you into a state of completeness. The location is perfect so that you have access to everything but can get away when you like. I spent 80% of my 10 day vacation relaxing on the patio listening to the symphony of birds and Caribbean Sea wash away my cares. I only wish I had planned to stay longer.
January 09, 2011
Ed from St. Louis, MO USA
Incredible service by Mauricio
Found Gecko Trail Adventures through a Google search for gay-friendly travel. Any reservations I had about booking every aspect of my travel in Costa Rica with a company I was not familiar with was immediately put aside. Mauricio was my agent at Gecko and did an amazing job of recommending various hotels and activities. Considering how many times I had to change my itinerary in the months before my trip, I am indebted to him for 1) keeping me organized 2) making all the hotel, transport and activity arrangements for me 3) being incredibly responsive to my questions. My transports included private driver in San Jose (airport to hotel) as well as the Interbus shuttle system (shared shuttle with ~7 other people). Be forewarned that car travel in parts of CR can be rough/bumpy, since the road system is not as well-developed as in the States. Shared shuttle is a nice, cheap way to go, plus gives you the opportunity of meeting some other adventuresome travelers (in my case, mostly students, Europeans, those wanting to save a little money).
Things that I would highly recommend that were suggested by Gecko/Mauricio: 1) splurging for a stay at the Tabacon Hot Springs Resort (http://www.tabacon.com/). The incredible service at the resort and the hot springs are not to be missed. None of the other hotels in the area can boast as large a variety of hot springs (most only had 1 or 2 hot spring pools, Tabacon has easily over 15 hot spring pools to lounge in). However, it's a tough hotel to get into, so plan at least 6 months in advance. There is also a nice buffet dinner at Tabacon, which is nice to do after a couple hours in the springs. But put your reservation in for dinner early, it's a pretty place. The spa is also very nice. I slurged on a 1.5 deep tissue massage, which was conducted outside in a private cabana surrounded by the hot springs. 2) White water rafting through Desafio (http://www.desafiocostarica.com/). Highly experienced guides who were very much into our safety on a class 3-4 river. Travel and a nice, picnic-style meal to match the rugged activity afterwards. 3) Sky Tram/Sky Trek (zip line) through Sky Adventures (http://www.skyadventures.travel/index/index.html). I wish I would have known beforehand that there was a tree-top restaurant at this place, so that I would have scheduled more time afterwards to enjoy it. But the zip lines were long, fast, and unlike other companies, you don't have to do any braking, the zip guides do the braking for you. 4) Hike through Manuel Antonio National Park. Pay the fee for a professional guide, they will notice wild animals and flora that you would easily miss if you did this hike without a guide. Unfortunately, because of the recent rains in the area, did not get to see all the trails that were available.
Things that weren't as nice about my stay: The California Hotel (http://www.hotel-california.com/) was a little disappointing. It was more rustic and a bit run down, though fine for spending time just hanging out at the beach. Unfortunately, it's a little bit further out from the beach than some of the other hotels of its type in the city of Manuel Antonio. I had ordered a king sized bed. What I got was a kingsize bed frame with a queen mattress on it. In addition, there is desk clerk between 10pm and 6am, so guests are pretty much on their own (e.g., if locked out of room, etc.). Otherwise, the desk staff were helpful and breakfast buffet was included and reasonable (fresh fruit, eggs to order, toast, juice, coffee). If you're looking for higher end accommodations, it looked like the Parador (http://www.hotelparador.com/) was the nicest in this town (didn't stay there, but got to see it when my shuttle bus stopped there before the Manuel Antonio nature hike). If you do plan to stay in Manuel Antonio, I would recommend staying closer to the beach. There is one bus line that goes between MA and Quepos. Small hotels, shops and restaurants line the single main road between the two villages.
January 07, 2011
Drew White from Washington, DC
When the impossible needs to be done, I will be turning to Gecko yet again. They were able to get me a last minute room in Puerto Viejo on New Years Eve thanks to knowing of a cancellation within minutes after it happened. Booked the room from a pay phone in Bocas Del Toro and they made it seemless. They were also able to arrange transportation across the country. Strongly recommend to make you trip and life easier.
January 06, 2011
Liz Hirsch and James Hetherington
I want to thank all of you who helped us put together-and save-our trip to Costa Rica. You are the best!
Thank you for setting us up with Exploradores. They were awesome. Can't think of a better guide than Laura. Our jungle experience was so interesting, full of fun and great adventure. Can't believe the number of animals we saw at the RanaRojo and on our boat trips. Special thanks to Laura for getting us included on another trip through the jungle after she returned to the base camp with the others in our initial group. Will never forget cruising down the canals sneaking up on caymans and crocs and watching the kingfishers dive-bomb for fish.
The one booking that I made for myself was an absolute disaster......bungalo suggested by the management of Banana Azul because their place was full. It was so awful that we decided to leave after just one night. Our entire time in the area would have been horrible if not for Gecko Trail. I forget the name of the wonderful woman who was at the Gecko Trail kiosk at Banana Azul who witnessed my "melt down". She totally saved the day by finding us rooms at the Namuwoki!!! It is enchanting! Wish we could have spent more time there. Loved the setting, staff and almost every second we spent there. Playa Chiquita and surrounds are so much more our style than Puerto Viejo. We met delightful people, saw amazing animals from our porch and on the four hour jungle tour you arranged for us. Ricky, the tour guide, was one of the high points of our trip.
Feel free to use me as a reference for anyone who asks. We love Gecko Trail Adventures.
January 05, 2011
Tammy Matthews from USA
Costa Rica Tours
I booked a whitewater rafting trip, hoseback riding on the beach and Zipline/canopy tour. All were fabulous!
All my guides were very professional, punctual and always put my safety first. I have already recommended Gecko to friends and I have only been back 4 days!
January 04, 2011
Lydia Fourmy from San Francisco, USA
Costa Rica November 2010
Karen from Gecko Trail Adventures was our helpful assistant in booking a trip to Costa Rica. Gecko Trail Adventures employes "travel agents" who can assist you with planning your entire trip or a portion of it, depending on what you want to do and where you want to stay. A fee is not charged for the service provided as the agents make their commission from the hotels and tour companies with whom their company partners. It is a carefree way to do business and to create a travel experience to suit your specific needs. I highly recommend Gecko Trail Adventures.
My significant other actually came across Banana Azul online and that is how we found Gecko Trail Adventures. All of our communication with Karen was via email and she was always quick to reply to our queries. If she was not available, someone else would reply that he or she could assist or let us know when Karen would be back in the office. Karen was efficient and concise in her communication. She would break down the prices for us per activity and hotel and would suggest alternates as she saw fit. For example, she suggested rather than stay in San Jose the first few nights, to take a shuttle from San Jose to Manual Antonio to start our adventure there and spend the last couple of days in the city. Great idea! We took her up on that.
It rained so much when we were there that complications arose due to the weather. The shuttle service, Interbus, that was contracted for us was excellent, always there for us when we needed them, even if a bit delayed from the rain. One of our drivers had to park his van and walk to get us because of a sink hole, but there he was, smiling and laughing and helping us with our bags, but this is for another review. I simply want to emphasize that Gecko Trail Adventures has excellent business partners. Due to the rain, we had to rebook our river rafting trip. Our calls and emails were always answered professionally and promptly and a sense of enthusiasm was displayed to help us. As a result, our rafting trip was cut to one day and we spent an extra day in the Caribbean, and the refund for the difference was completed no questions asked.
Again, I highly recommend Gecko Trail Adventures as a means of planning your trip to Costa Rica. I will be using this service again when I return to South America.
January 04, 2011
Carol Meeds from Playa Chiquita, Costa Rica
Theft... ho hummm blame the victim!
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, "katya" wrote:
> So if you find yourself unhappy in a place look for somewhere else that you
will find happiness.
Gee if I felt that way, I never would have been part of the 60's movement and we
would still have blacks in the back of the bus and separate water fountains and
no service at some restaurants... Women would not work at many jobs, nor be able
to go out in public in slacks... rivers would still be on fire from chemical
pollution, birds eggs would be failing from DDT,
I have gotten four replies off line. Most have said the same thing..accept it
or leave. HOGWASH!!! One person asked not to be quoted because she was known.
(Really? You will write your opinion to me, but you don't want the people who
know you to know what you think openly on a discussion list? Really?)
One person said that visited here for a whole week and told me I was wrong. She
found it nice here. I have lived here for four years. I too find it nice here.
It does take living here and talking to ones neighbors to find out just how much
and how frequent crime is here. I just want the culture of thieving to be
un-acceptable. And I want to be part of changing it!
My point about the litter was mis-understood. The litter pick-up (and painting
the speed bump) were the only concrete act that came out of the Playa Chiquita
anti crime task force meeting that I attended earlier in November. Funds had
been raised earlier for three security guards to patrol that small section of
the beach. Where were they? Why are these kids still in the same bushes year
after year? Why did the effort to stop crime stop. Why are there no signs on
the beach warning people? Why isn't it talked about?
And I will not accept it! I will rally for change. I have been told, that the
Ticos were nice gentle people until the evil Spaniard conquistadors came here
and set a bad example. Then the culture changed. I am disappointed that
instead of being part of an effort to change the culture once again, the gringos
here have surrounded them selves and their stuff with bars and locks, guns and
alarms and say it can't be changed. Not nearly so passionate about stopping
crime as they are about getting their favorite TV channels back...Now that
generated a letter writing campaign and an article in the newspaper...Theft...
ho hummm blame the victim!
I will accept concrete suggestions for my campaign. Where shall I direct my
letters? What posters and flyers shall I make and post? Where can I find some
others who want to play with me and make change happen?
December 27, 2010
Jim Hobson from San Francisco, USA
Gecko saved my butt!
When I shattered my collarbonein a freak accident halfway through my trip, Maythe at Gecko arranged transportation halfway across the country to the main hospital in San Jose, as well as accommodations until I could return home. Not only did they do this for no extra charge, but I even got a small refund for the part of the tour I couldn't finish. Hands down, Gecko is the best!
December 22, 2010
Lovely soft pita breads and killer salsa laced with coriander and cumin. Yum!
December 12, 2010
I have a very special studio in cocles for rent $250 the week, great location, 200 yards from the beach, restaurants nearby, beach lounge too, full kitchen, hot water, tropical indoor outdoor garden, no tv, contact me email@example.com, available in december until the 30th.
December 07, 2010
Barbara Wood from Colorado Springs
List of suppliers for home construction
Can anyone recommend a list of suppliers in the Puerto Viejo, Limon or San Jose and vicinity areas for purchasing low flow toilets, ceramic tile, wicker furniture, water catchment tanks, bamboo flooring etc., items one has to take into consideration when building/furnishing a home.
December 05, 2010
FlyFishingGal from Basalt, CO
Stunning Cabana on the Beach
We knew that Mother Dear would be a special, stunning place, but it exceeded our hopes! We stayed there for the first few days of November. We were awed by the gorgeous woodwork of the building itself, as well as the thoughtful items included in the cabina. The owners, who treated us like family, thought of every detail that we could need. We wandered from there on a tarpon adventure but wished we could just come back to Mother Dear at the end of the day. Next time we will! Actually, to think that giant tarpon over 120 lbs live just a town away and they will take a fly, makes us want to come back to Mother Dear as soon as we can! We loved walking on the beach there, swimming in the warm water, and riding bikes into PV. The constant sound of the waves outside Mother Dear make for some of the best sleep of the whole vacation and it is a wonderful way to wake us every morning. We will recommend this spot to anyone looking for a relaxing, lovely vacation in a unique part of the world.
December 02, 2010
Meg Lee from Boquete, Panama
How much do your yoga classes cost?
November 28, 2010
Michael and D'Angelo from La Fortuna, Costa RicaHey Everyone! I gotta say, this could be one of our BEST videos to date. We're in Puerto Viejo Costa Rica on the Caribbean side of the country and we're visiting the Jaguar Rescue Center a few minutes from the center of town. We had been wanting to visit the rescue center form some time because we both love the animals, especially the sloths and the monkey's and the margays and the toucans and even the snakes. So, we were like 2 kids in a candy store and we got some GREAT footage. Check it out and I think you'll AGREE. If you're in Puerto Viejo Costa Rica you're not going to want to miss visiting the Jaguar Rescue Center... and why wouldn't you, even your admission price goes to help the animals.
Puerto Viejo Costa Rica Animal Rescue Center
November 27, 2010
Casey and John from Basalt, Colorado, USA
Debbie and Jimmy, we knew that Mother Dear would be a special, stunning place, but it exceeded our hopes! We stayed there for the first few days of November. We were awed by the gorgeous woodwork of the building itself, as well as the thoughtful items you included in the cabina. You thought of every detail that we could need. We wandered from there on a tarpon adventure but wished we could just come back at the end of the day. Next time we will! Actually, to think that giant tarpon over 120 lbs live just a town away and they will take a fly, makes us want to come back as soon as we can! Thank you for being such great hosts and guides. We loved walking on the beach there, swimming in the warm water, and riding bikes into PV; Casey will stay on hers next time. The constant sound of the waves outside make for some of the best sleep of the whole vacation and it is a wonderful way to wake up every morning. We will recommend this spot to anyone looking for a relaxing, lovely vacation in a unique part of the world. Best wishes, Casey and John
November 23, 2010
Texas Ticos from New Braunfels, TX
Costa Rican Paradise Retreat
We are certain our week at Mother Dear will prove to be one of our favorite and most memorable vacations. From the moment we arrived we were pleasantly overwhelmed by the warm and sincere hospitality extended to us by our hosts James and Debbie. The property is paradise, but they insured our experience was truly superb. They went to great lengths each day to help with connecting us to local sites, guides, directions, restaurant recommendations, etc. We were also really impressed with how accurate the information on the website was. The pictures truly depict the property and accommodations. The cottage is beautiful, spotlessly clean and well stocked. We loved sleeping to the sounds of the ocean and local wildlife. The close proximity to the beach was why we decided on Mother Dear, and we were not disappointed. Many of the other properties say they are on the beach but fail to mention there is a road and other properties between them and the beach. Mother Dear has a beautiful and unobstructed view. We were also a little concerned about the lack of air-conditioning and all the talk of bugs. However, neither turned out to be a concern. The cottage is so well-ventilated and equipped with fans that it was always cool and comfortable. There are bugs in Costa Rica... it's the jungle...but they were not a bother to us and we didn't have a single bite! Our experience was truly wonderful. My only fear is it will not be available the next time we want to book because I know others will be returning and spreading the word!
November 23, 2010
Jürgen from Germany
Komme heute frisch aus Puerto Viejo und habe das Center zweimal besucht. 12 USD Eintritt, welcher komplett den Tieren zugute kommt. Einmalige und gute Sache, die hier im Namen der Tiere geleistet wird und für mich ein Mussbesuch. Wo kann man schon mal einen Brüllaffen oder ein Faultier auf dem Arm haben. Klasse !!!!!
November 19, 2010
bill harralson from Minneapolis, MN
Marina and I spent a couple weeks up and down the Carib side, staying the first couple nights at Mother Dear. We found the cottage to be new, clean, beautiful and secure. You can't imagine the gorgeous wood they used in building this beach house. Jimmy and Debbie were fantastic about making out stay memorable. (We got in late and everything was closed, so they even left some munchies a few 'cold ones' in the fridge to relax with). The beach was unbelievable, complete with occasional visits by wild horses. After leaving, we stayed at several other nice and interesting places in the area. But for our last few days in CR, we decided to go back to Mother Dear. We loved it so much and cannot wait to go back.
November 18, 2010
Jade Wah'oo Grigori from Sedona, Arizona USA
Personal PV eperience
I have spent time in PV a number of times and always have found it to be a valuable experience. Sure, follow the safety procedures outlined elsewhere in these comments, be prepared, be friendly and respectful to the locals... including those whom you might deem to be questionable of character. I have found, by affording that respect, I was less apt to be bothered by that 'element' and greeted rather than harassed. Restaurants reflect both the Tico and expat-Italian presence in abundance. The beaches are wonderful, the ocean warm, with snorkeling, swimming, surfing and pleasure boating all right there. Hmmm... I think it is time to get back to PV!
November 17, 2010
Domingo Spears from Limon, Costa Rica
Loco Natural Lovers
To all Loco Natural Family out there... Great changes are coming up with a better atmostpher and more love. Don't miss it... You have to check it out....
November 16, 2010
Shams from Chicago, IL
We went to puerto viejo for our honeymoon and Gecko made the trip easy and smooth...which is exactly what you want during a honeymoon. I had to make some changes after I got there due to an injury and they made it very simple and where understanding. They even set up a pick up from a friends house, and where very accommodating. I'm the type of person that usually likes to do everything on my own, but I booked through Gecko because I was busy wedding planning. After using them once I would definitely book through them again just to make my life easier.
November 16, 2010
Doug Dosdall from Vancouver
I have taken a taxi from the border and the price is around what you say either direction, just make sure you negotiate the price beforehand. A taxi is particularly efficient if you are staying south of pv like in Punta Uva as the can go over the backroad and not all the way around via hone creek. However I took the taxi before the shuttle services were available so to me if you're willing to pay $40-50 for a taxi to get you 1/3rd of the way why not just book the shuttle?
November 16, 2010
And further to my comment above ... It also looks like taking a taxi to the border is another option (around $40?)
Has anyone done that? Is it faster / easier than the bus?
November 16, 2010
Javier from Costa Rica
Mi esposa y yo pasamos un maravilloso fin de semana en el Hotel Banana Azúl, cálida y amigable bienvenida. Nuestra estadía fué cómoda y confortable. Definitivamente es un paraíso de descanso.
El personal administrativo y de servicio altamente calificado e identificado con el debe ser de un Hotel merecedor de 10 estrellas.
La comida simplemente exquisita y la cena acompañada de Calipso los hacen únicos.
Las habitaciones muy limpias y ordenadas, Garden Bath Suite muy romántica y acogedora
November 15, 2010
Shazia from Canada
PV to Bocas
What have you found to be the best public bus to take from PV to the Panama border? It seems like many of them hit the border during lunch closures, or too late. We'll be travelling on a Sunday. Right now I'm considering the 8:30am PV departure.
We only arrive in PV the night prior so we were hoping to at least catch a glimpse of PV before heading out again.
November 15, 2010
My wife and I had an overall good time in Puerto Viejo last year, but the amount of "petty crime" is insane. My advice is to not bring anything valuable with you or anything sentimental you don't want to lose. If you are a photographer, just bring your point and shoot camera.
Over three days at different hotels, one photographer friend got a disk drive stolen out of his room safe and lost a ton of photos. Another couple friends got robbed twice in two days. The first being someone broke through their window in the afternoon while they were outside, the other being pickpocketed on the street.
I was constantly paranoid about my laptop and photo gear, the extra picture quality wasn't worth the stress. Next time I'd just bring some extra flashcards and my little tiny point and shoot and call it good.
November 14, 2010
Jodi from Saskatoon, Canada
Pagalu was the best hostel that my friend and I stayed at during our trip. Met many great people, the facility was extremely clean, bright and welcoming. The kitchen was equipped with great cookware, and lots of it. Our room was clean and the bed was very comfy (altho the bottom sheet didn't fit properly) If I ever end up in Puerto Viejo, Pagalu will be my hostel of choice. I highly recommend it :)
November 14, 2010
Sonia Galvez from Santa Maria, US
transportation on Easter Sunday 2011
We have our trip scheduled during Semana Santa, will the public transportation be reliable to get us to San Jose Airport on Easter Sunday? Or would Monday after Easter be a better day to leave?
November 14, 2010
Michael and D'Angelo from La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Puerto Viejo Costa Rica - COOLest Restaurant Koki Beach
Hey Everyone! Koki Beach is a restaurant pretty much in the center of Puerto Viejo Costa Rica, which is located on the Caribbean side of the country. Koki Beach is one of those COOL restaurants you just want to hang out in. Great place for conversation, drinks and of course a good meal. Since Puerto Viejo has a huge Jamaican influence, many of the restaurants are pretty much the same as all the others. NOT so at Koki Beach, they don't even play reggae. Anyway, Check OUT the video to see a little more of Koki Beach.
November 11, 2010
Alison Reinarz from La Flor, Costa Rica
Debbie and Jimmy thank you so much for a restful and productive weekend!! As always the cabin was perfect and doing a Spay and Neuter clinic at the same time was Super!!! Jimmy came up with the idea of helping the neighbors by offering a low cost Castration clinic on the property; it was perfect and helped 19 cats and dogs. The veterinarians, animals and all the owners enjoyed the ocean views. It was a great get-together... so calm and pleasant. And many thanks to those who donated money to help pay for the street dogs.
Jimmy and Debbie want to offer their place again in three months to help the community and its animals... Thank you for your good hearts!!
Alison and Al Reinarz
November 10, 2010
Jenn from South Carolina, USA
snorkeling in January
My bf and I are going back to Puerto Viejo in January, and we want to go snorkeling again. Since January is right in the middle of the best time to surf, will the water conditions be so bad that snorkeling is out of the question, or are there sometimes calmer days where it might be a possibility? (FANTASTIC website btw!!!)
November 08, 2010
Paul-Dominic from Las Vegas, USA
I didn't know what to expect when I arrived in Costa Rica much less Puerto Viejo, Limon. This was my first time in this country and I was determine to have a great time and meet wonderful people, that is just want happened at KOKi Beach. I had an experience that I will never forget. I spend what turned into nine hours of FUN and good times at KOKi Beach on Saturday night and have five words to describe this place…unique, energized, quality, friendly, and FUN!
If you’re looking for service unlike any other in Costa Rica then KOKi Beach is the place to be, but there is more, the food is amazing and the owners are on hand making your visit a most memorable one. I met wonderful people from all over the world and had great conversations getting to know them; this was brought on by the environment that owners create there from the staff to the bright colors and the open air design.
I recommend the Yucca chips with guacamole, Grilled Lobster, and the Playa Grande stew but I guarantee you that no matter what you order you will not be disappointed in the quality or presentation of every dish. KOKi Beach has a full menu/bar and what I would call a welcoming and more than comfortable vibe, making your visit a most pleasurable one. I highly recommend KOKi Beach for dinner and drinks, but be forewarned you may just leave with a handful of friends more then when you arrived.
p.s. I’m not sure what “cwgenest” is talking about, I’m from Las Vegas...and trust me we have GREAT establishments there and KOKi Beach would fit right in. Maybe, just maybe, cwgenest is mistaking this “place next door” with KOKi Beach…btw the “place next door” went out of business, so I’m sure he was.
Las Vegas, USA
November 08, 2010
Doug Whisler from Reno Nevada USA
Weekly or Monthly room rates
I am looking for a place for 7 or 8 days in January 2011. What are your sheapest rates. I like AC? TV Lockbox with short walk to beach in Puerta Viejo or Manzanilla. In the future I would like to come for 2 months. What are your monthly rentals (cheap) Thanks Doug
November 07, 2010
Mau from Carago
Wonderfull Place, Pura Vida los mejores pan-cakes
November 07, 2010
Norman Niles from San Jose
Best place in town !
It's hard to miss Koki Beach when you drive through the Town of Puerto Viejo as with its appearance on the local scene it definitely beautified the town!
I remember PV from before this place opened their doors for business and have to say that Koki Beach upgraded the quality of dining and entertainment in this town.
The place has a very thoughtful, eco-friendly design with a touch of modernism. Righ-on with the current trends in eco-friendly tourist towns.
Very personable owners and staff make the experience of dining great. Their menu has something for everyone and all dishes I had there were excellent.
Oh, yeah, since I live in San Jose and come down to PV quite often, I have become a regular.
It wouldn't be Puerto Viejo anymore without Koki Beach!
November 05, 2010
Ramin from Puerto Viejo Costa Rica
hola soy estudiante de esta escuela i me interesa mucho aprender en esta institucion me encanta porque tiene buenas profesoras y estudiamos bien ademas esta bien cuidada tenemos centro de reciclaje y esta bien limpia asi que matriculen sus hijos aqui el proximo ano!!!!!
November 04, 2010
Great article on KOKI BEACH and the concept in the design magazine Su Casa. Check it out on the Su Casa website
November 04, 2010
Michael and D'Angelo from La Fortuna, Costa Rica
BEST Hotel Puerto Viejo Costa Rica Banana Azul
Hey Everyone! love, Love, LOVE this hotel in Puerto Viejo Costa Rica which is located on the southern Caribbean side of the country. The hotel's name is Banana Azul and it's just a couple minutes (in a car) north of Puerto Viejo. We're not saying their couldn't be other GREAT places to stay, but everything factored in like price, staff, service, food etc, it's the one we like BEST so far. Check out the VIDEO to see why. ENjoY!
November 02, 2010
Cahuita National Park was truly fabulous. Fewer people and more wildlife at this park. The trail was easy and well shaded. We saw many sloths, monkeys, snakes, turtles, lizards, bats, King Fishers, hummingbirds, insects, crabs, and more.
October 31, 2010
I'm getting married in December in the Puerto Viejo area, and am looking for a manicurist. A saw several spa treatments listed, but no nails. Any local contacts? I was hoping I wouldn't have to go to Limon and back for this.
October 29, 2010