These are the latest comments and questions from our visitors about the Puerto Viejo area and the topics covered on the site
jesse blake from Lake Tahoe, California
Pacuare River Trip
Please we have two questions:
Can we do river trip on return from Puerto Viejo (staying in punta uva) FEBRUARY 17 ? We fly in Feb. 7 and need transportation to puerto viejo.
Do you have a recommendation for a overnight stay (hotel) in SJO, (we usually stay at Hotel Robledal in Alajuela). So we need pick-up in San Jose Feb. 8 and want to do river trip Feb 17!
on our return from Puerto Viejo. Any problem?
Thank you...we will book once SJO hotel is confirmed!
January 15, 2009
John from Mission Viejo , CA now in CR
I Love PV
The wife, 12 month old daughter and I try to go out to PV as much as we can put business keeps us in the vally of Costa Rica. I just got back from a little weekend trip out there with a client and sold him a property in PV. He was in love the first day and spent only one day finding his gem. The roads are in very good condition and the police have stepped up their game on getting rid of the rifraf, not that it was ever that big of a deal. I am very happy to see how the town is making progress. I will NEVER go to the Pacific in Costa Rica. Thats all I have to say about that. Keep up the good work PV'ers.
January 15, 2009
Jeremy from San Francisco, Ca
I love the place. I spent some time with my partner in August. The hospitality was amazing. We loved the beach too. Very private so we were able spend some quality time together and our bananas...
January 01, 2009
Brittany from Oceanside, CA
I would have no problem retiring to Puerto Viejo someday. If I got there sooner, that'd be great too. Last time I was there, there was no ATM in the town. As someone who's lived in American towns that have had them my whole life, I had sort of assumed there would be one, but that's not the case, so travelers should be aware of this, unless that's not the case anymore. It's a really great little town though, and I can't wait to get back there.
December 30, 2008
Doug Dosdall from Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Banco de Costa Rica (with an ATM) opened a couple of years ago so that's a big help, it was a hassle before that showed up. Rumour has it that another bank is considering opening here too. Which would be nice since once in a while the BCR ATM is out of money. Now the big thing missing in Puerto Viejo is a gas station...one day!
December 30, 2008
Tamara from New Jersey
Thank you Gecko Trails!
I left a note for you at Banana Azul – but just wanted to make sure you knew how much I appreciated your help. My trip to Costa Rica was amazing… and after friends saw my pics I think I’ll be “selling” my itinerary to others and sending them your way. Thanks again – happy holidays to everyone that helped or I met (Kurt, Colin, Roberto, Doug)
December 28, 2008
Alaine from Puerto Viejo/West Texas
I can tell you that Mauricio and Colocha are among THE most trusted members of our community. They were founders of our little nonprofit, ATEC, and have held positions on nearly every board of directors for associations and community group in the Puerto Viejo area. No one I would trust more.
Plus I love their cabins, built in traditional Caribbean style, close to the beach, just the right distance from Puerto Viejo.
December 11, 2008
Arnaud from Brighton, GB
Chimuri beach cottages
Hi, I'm planning to come to PV in June 09 and have emailed chimuri beach cottages about renting one of their places. Only thing is, they are asking me to wire them my deposit so I have no safety net should I turn up and it not exist/they've not taken my booking. Anyone stayed there? Anybody know them?
December 09, 2008
Doug Dosdall from Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Chimuri Beach Cottages
Hi Arnaud - Yes, Colocha and Mauricio at Chimuri are great people, I wouldn't worry about sending them a deposit in that way. Enjoy PV! Doug.
December 09, 2008
Rosie from Charlotte
i love this place
My sister and I visited Banana Azul in early April of this year. It was the most relaxing time of my life. The staff is awesome. The food gets an A+. We would walk back around 3:00 from the beach just to see what was on the dinner menu. I never knew you could get so much for such a reasonable price in a hotel. I can't wait to go back and bring the whole family. We miss you Michele!
November 21, 2008
sarah laccabue from San Francisco, California
for the past two days i have basically been back in arcata (minus the overcast gross weather). everywhere i go there are hippies and some of the streets smell like weed. right back at home!
it is beautiful though. hot weather, sun and ocean. we are staying at the banana azul in puerto negro and the 13 room hotel basically has a private beach so yesterday we all layed out and played in the warmest ocean water i have ever been in. i layed on the hammock and read my book. it was perfect!
November 16, 2008
Jamie from Key Biscayne, FL USA
Is it difficult to find work in PV? Do I need a work visa or are there under the table opportunities? I am currently a teacher, but would love to try something new......nature/adventure/culinary
November 13, 2008
Rob Yablonski from Manitoba Canada
hey guys remember me....????
Colin and Roberto...Just wanted to say Hi and see how things are going....your business card fell out of my Spanish dictionary the other day...lol Is Rick working out there again???
Thought I'd check and see if you hired a massage therapist yet???
Give me a shout back and lets keep in touch...
Roberto the Canadian
November 10, 2008
Jennifer & Ken Bool from Courtenay, BC, Canada
Our 15 day stay at Banana Azul was not long enough. This is truly a tropical paradise with amazing hosts, Colin and Roberto, friendly and most accommodating staff and the landscaping is truly a work of art thanks to Rick. The included breakfasts were varied and excellent; best hamburgesas and sandwiches for lunch; the dinners were all fabulous. In fact, they were so good we only ventured into Puerta Viejo once for dinner and only because the restaurant is closed on Sundays . . .not one meal was a repeat. They arranged a river raft expedition not to be missed (still pumped from it) and an overnight trip to Tortaguero which is a remarkable jungle adventure. This was one fantastic holiday and if you are planning on going to Puerta Viejo, Banana Azul is unique, comfortable, very clean and the place to stay. WE LOVED IT!
November 08, 2008
I wanted to say how fantastic the personalized treatment I received was, how it was so great to speak French for the first time in twenty years, how you handled each and every detail to make my first open water dive a lifetime event!!!
I feel like I met good friends down there.
So much appreciated your friendship, understanding, and concerns.
R Broussard D.V.M.
October 25, 2008
Rickey Broussard from Ingleside Texas
I cannot imagine that a stay in Peurto Viejo with Roberto and and Colin as the keepers of any vacation cannot be anything but perfect.
We celebrated a birthday with the best of touches, our trips and excursions were flawlessly planned, and the entire thing was a dream vacation. We intend to return. Why stay five star when you can get down to the basics at Banana Azul. I hated to return home.
October 19, 2008
The Gordons from San Diego
Our Journey to the Edge of the World
We were in complete awe at the fact that we were literally in the middle of the jungle. We pulled up to our hotel gate, no radio and windows rolled down. You could hear a combination of the end of a tropical thunderstorm, the waves and the loudest bugs/crickets we’ve ever heard.
We strolled up to the open air common area and checked in. Nina checked us in and took us up to our rooms. The 12 room hotel is newly built, all wood and very open and airy – almost a hostel like feel. Our room has large doors out to our massive patios with our table, chairs, relaxing chair and hammock. From our bed with the doors open you can hear the distinct sound of calm ocean waves lapping against the shore. Then Nina said a magical phrase that was music to our ears – “When you’re ready head down to the bar for your welcome drink.”
October 12, 2008
margo Wilkinson from austin texas
My boyfriend and I stayed here in August and had a great time! The owners are more than helpful and are always smiling! The rooms are open and large and so is the bathroom with a big shower! The porch is surrounded by plants and there is a hammock and a comfortable chair on it! The kitchen in the hotel is for everyones use and they even have coffee set up really early, which I loved....I get up at 6:00! It is right down the street from Bread and Chocolate.....yummy!!!!!!! The beach is a 5 minute walk. Try the little soda next to the dive shop too......great view and nice ladies that run it! . It is ALL GOOD in Puerto Viejo! You feel at home there!!!!!
October 06, 2008
Puerto Viejo, another little Paradise
I can't recommend enough Banana Azul. Hidden amongst the rainforest ,on the edge of the Carribean Sea, stood this idyllic and gorgeous hotel made of natural resources. The team are from Canada and serve your every need, including a special request to have dinner on our terrace. Truly a memorable moment, dinner with Frederique and Julia , a couple from the states , also ex students of Maximo Nivel. Under the stars with the sounds of the ocean..with the occasional yell from a mosquitoe bite...ahh...muy romantica..heheh.. Don't worry, no marriage proposals for our Amy!!!
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October 03, 2008
TommyZ2020 from California
Thanks for the memories, you guys are AWESOME! Keep up the Great Work! TommyZ2020
September 07, 2008
Alex Gunn from Canada
Biking & Working in PV
I am considering spending a winter in PV. If someone is not a surfer, is there good biking(even good trips on rough roads, ie bike into Panama)? Can you get a good mountain bike and parts in SJ or should I bring mine with me?
Also, in Canada, I am a certified accountant. Is there any casual work down there to keep the brain working?
August 25, 2008
I stayed at Banana Azul with my brother for three days and it was amazing. The staff was awesome, the rooms (garden bath suite) was beautiful. All the detail they put into this hotel made it an outstanding experience. The locations is perfect, nice and quiet yet close enough to the town of puerto viejo. You get the best of both places. The only negative thing was having to leave! I will for sure be back.
August 25, 2008
Danny Partin from Charleston SC USA
gas stations near puerto viejo
I noticed the last post said there were no gas stations near puerto viejo,actually there are somenear bribri on the way to the panama border''
August 22, 2008
rosie from D
hows the weather in PV now?
honestly, i am going there august 30th-sept 7th
is it raining too??? especially with the hurricane from the gulf
August 20, 2008
playa chiquita warning
hi there - just looking into the playa chiquita warning - my hubby and I are coming in Oct 08, and I am wondering if this is resolved, and/or if we need to be concerned about our bungalow safety (Punta Uva). Don't want to be neurotic, but forwarned etc etc... THANKS !
August 14, 2008
Brandi and Sarah from Portland, OR
Wow, Tortuguero was amazing--definitely recommended. We saw 3 types of monkeys (white faced, howler, and spider), a cayman (smaller version of a croc), TONS of birds, a river otter, a sloth and a green turtle laying her eggs. Book your hotel ahead though as the place we found wasn't so clean although it was all we could find available.
July 09, 2008
Colin and Roberto it took me while to write you and tell you how special you made my last trip to Costa Rica. Its been 2 years and I think about it constantly. my day on the black sand beach and nights in the hammock with the ocean tickling my ears. The bats and the monkeys. Your and Robertos Hospitality is more than I could have hoped for. It is my Most favorite memory. I hope the construction is done and there will be room for me again some time soon. I now have the link and will send a few friends your way.
July 09, 2008
Florine from New York, USA
Don't buy the hype..Costa Rica is great in June! It's hot and humid, but there are less tourists during this time.
Billy & Cathy at Pachamama were very nice and accommodating. The B&B is very close to the beach (Punta Uva) and it's quiet. Punta Uva beach is the BEST beach in the area and if you are a beach lover, I would suggest that you stay in Punta Uva.
The only negative is that there were not a lot of cafes to choose from in the area ( you gotta go to Puerto Viejo). Mate Latte is probably the best place to catch breakfast/lunch and the staff is very nice there (Thanks Heather for the good conversation). I didn't try Jungle Love cafe... but all the locals said it was good.
Overall my stay was very positive and I enjoyed myself as a solo traveler. I felt safe and relaxed during the entire time.
July 03, 2008
Brent from Forest City, NC
My wife and I attended a wedding in Puerto Viejo on Father's Day 08. This was the first vacation of my life where I truly didn't want to come home. Aside from missing my dogs I would have been happy finding a local job and staying put. The vibe is great. The people are great. The non-locals are travelers not tourists. I suggest we let the tourists ruin the Pacific side and keep the travelers coming to the Caribbean side. Shhhh, don't tell anyone how great Puerto Viejo is. When the word gets out someone will try to develop it.
June 19, 2008
RazorbackTraveler from Fayetteville, Arkansas
Two day rafting trip
I just got back from CR. The rafting trip was AWESOME! I must recommend that you do the overnight trip. You get to do so much more than the one day trip and get to go through several more miles of river. We were lucky enough to be the only two on the overnight trip and ended up with three personal guides, who made us several meals including a candle light dinner overlooking the river.
June 18, 2008
john from santa ana, costa rica
"loved it, loved it, loved it." My wife and I are from Southern California and have spent many years traveling all around the caribbean. Puerto Viejo is a "Little Saint Martin." on this side of the Caribbean The drive to Puerto Viejo is spectacular. You drive through the true National Rain Forest. We have lived on the pacific side and found what I like to consider "Sodom & Gomorrah". My wife and I have not made PV home, but plan to do so in the near future. We've lived all over Costa Rica so we know alot about Costa Rica living. We run our own real estate company in Santa Ana, Costa Rica and would be more than happy to help you find your gem.
June 12, 2008
Gennie from USA
How long does the bus take to get from San Jose to Puerto Viejo? Thanks for your help!
June 10, 2008
JUDY from MESA, AZ
THANK YOU, CATHY AND BILL, FOR THE MOST WONDERFUL VACATION I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED. PACHAMAMA ACCOMMODATIONS WERE JUST WHAT I WAS EXPECTING; RUSTIC AND RELAXING. SITTING OUT ON THE DECK AMONGST THE WILD LIFE AND RAIN FOREST WAS LIKE NO OTHER. WE LOVED OUR DAILY WALKS BUT IT SURE WASN'T NECESSARY TO SEE ALL THE WILDLIFE WE WERE HOPING TO SEE. THE MONKEYS, TOUCANS, BUTTERFLIES, AND BIRDS WERE PREVALENT RIGHT OFF OUR PORCH. ALSO, SHOULD YOU JUST MENTION A POSSIBLE NEED IN CONVERSATION, CATHY AND BILL MADE IT HAPPEN WITHIN MINUTES. EVEN RECEIVED THE FIRST OFFICIAL FACIAL AND REFLEXOLOGY TREATMENT FROM CATHY WHILE SITTING IN THE PEACEFUL AND TRANQUIL SURROUNDINGS. THE DAILY BREAKFAST PROVIDED HAS MADE ME HIT THE GROCERY IMMEDIATELY UPON RETURNING HOME IN HOPES OF RELIVING THE EXPERIENCE EVERY MORNING!! :) A RETURN VISIT WILL BE IN MY FUTURE. CATHY AND BILL, YOU ARE THE BEST!
June 09, 2008
Mary Ann Ley
cost arica trip
please contact me before I prepay for the cost of the transportation as I want to make sure this is possible. thank you
June 06, 2008
John & Kate from Denver, CO, USA
Rare is the vacation spot so great that a revisit gets planned immediately upon returning home. Such is the allure of Punta Uva, the finest beach we've ever set eyes on, and home of Pachamama.
It seems that every travel book uses the same gorgeous photo of Punta Uva Beach, so we were curious as to where exactly it was and how far we would have to travel to get there. Let's just say it takes longer to grab one of the free bikes Pachamama offers than it is to walk across the street. It is THE place to stay for those who rue the "travel" to the beach.
Pachamama's appeal is difficult to nail down to a single aspect, but Bill's breakfast is missed even more than the gorgeous sunsets. In addition to the quality restaurants a short walk from home, Bill & Cathy's dinners are better than all of them. It was fun checking out the local fare, but the real flare is on site. To completely blow us away, they helped us celebrate (completely to our surprise) with the finest pineapple upside-down cake I've ever tasted courtesy of, (get this...) their 10 and 13 year-old son and daughter. Seriously, the Ritz should do so well.
Accomodations were divine. Beds, pillows and sheets straight out of the good ol' US of A and decks on each and every property right in the middle of the jungle. Thank God there was no cable television!!!! The only interruptions are the howler monkeys and the fresh fruit truck (my heaven's.... the fruit).
Location, location, location. Paramount to real estate, it is what works for staying at Pachamama. We did not want to travel the entire country on hot buses staying in different places every night, but did want to see the many sights (and sounds) of Costa Rica. For our one week stay we surfed (well, tried) at Playa Cocles, snorkeled the coral inlets and visited the rain forest in Manzanillo, went caving on the back side of Punta Uva's point, and kayaked up the river to see the monkeys -- all within 3 miles of Pachamama!! There is no gear to rent as it is all on site, free of charge (that's masks & snorkels, bicycles, kayaks, etc).
Thankfully the medical supply cabinet @ Bill & Cathy's is not third world (they had all the supplies necessary for minor surgery to remove our coral reef splinters acquired in Manzanillo).
In closing I wish to address our friends here at home who, being the worldly travelers that they are, informed us that we were going to Costa Rica, "For the rainy season." Yes, it rained. Beautiful, beautiful rain. It smelled as good as it tasted, and was even better to sleep to. We were only awarded between 7 and 12 hours of absolutely gorgeous sun EVERY day during this "rainy season", causing me to wonder when, then, is prime time? I imagine as soon as you arrive, whatever time of year that happens to be.
P.S. As cool as the rafting and canopy zip-line tours are (also easy day trips from Pachamama) visitors would be remiss to skip the Sunset Cafe @ Punta Uva Beach -- a two-minute walk from Pachamama -- home of the greatest cocktails we've ever had. Twenty minutes may seem a long wait for a daiquiri, but just trust us on this one.
June 02, 2008
Doug Dosdall from Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Not many places have it, most people prefer just to enjoy the breezes, it rarely gets very hot. But there are a couple places:
Hotel Puerto Viejo
May 30, 2008
angel from west palm beach
Need air conditioning for health issues
Are there any hotels in the area that have air conditioning? We will be visiting friends that work at Earth University and stay in Guadiples
Help they have travelled
May 29, 2008
JONATHAN from SEGURA
NO ESTOY DE ACUERDO CON HACER EL TIPO DE PROPAGANDA DE LOS PELIGROS DE MANEJAR EN COSTA RICA CON LA FOTOGRAFIA DE LA VAGONETA SI ESTE ANIMAL PASO POR UNA LINEA FERREA ESTOY CONSIENTE QUE EN MI PAIS NO HAY ESTRUCTURA VIAL PERO TAMBIEN E VISTO MAS DE UNA ANIMAL EXTRANJERO CONDUCIENDO EN LOS CAMINOS DE ESTE PAIS
May 27, 2008
Anita Cairns from Canada
Ahhhh Pachamama..a month since our return to Canada and I think we still talk about coming back, wishing we were back, how quick our stay was, and what can we do to get back faster. Bill and Cathy, our second stay was just as great as the first!! Thank you for your hospitality, the great spot you shared with us and especially for "disturbing" us whenever there were any cool bugs or animals to see around the property. We're having a hard time being back to reality as it really got under our skin the last time and hope to see you again some time soon!!
May 22, 2008
Meg from Nashville, the states
You are so right on about those questions. I've only been living in Costa Rica for about 4 months, but i always tell new people i meet or travelers i meet that puerto viejo is my favorite place. I love it there. I think the better part of its charm is that its not full of luxury hotels, resorts, golf courses and the like. Ugh. Anyway, so for that reason, the weather, the people, the laid back vibe, and the beaches, Puerto Viejo is my favorite place in the world and you hit the description spot on. Thanks for bringing to light some truths and not so truths about the place and hope i see you around!
May 10, 2008
Doug Dosdall from Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
RE: packing up and heading ...
Kendra, Good luck on your move here!
This seems to be a common enough question and networking is definitely the way to go down here to find a long term rental.
I've created a new Long Term Rentals category on the Forum. You should post there as well. There's a whole "Puerto Viejo Classifieds" thing there that you and others can use.
April 21, 2008
Kendra from Berkeley, CA.
We're packing up and heading to Puerto Viejo
I am a mother of 3 young children and I have made the decision to move to Puerto Viejo at the end of June. We have a friend who has been traveling to PV for 8 years now and who also has family there. I feel that although it is "do-able" that life in the States has become exhausting with the stress of over-inflation in housing, gas, and food. I have been inspired to move and experience life so that my children will appreciate the world they live in. I am looking for a long term house to rent. Does anyone have any suggestions, contacts or advice. It would be greatly appreciated.
one love. K
April 21, 2008
Doug Dosdall from Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
I'm not sure if this is current, but the phone numbers at least shouldn't have changed:
email@example.com or at (506) 2750-0754 or 2750-0075.
Note that my understanding is that it is no longer an official Waldorf school but still follows similar methodologies.
April 17, 2008
karen from dallas texas
I'm a former Waldorf music teacher. I have also taught English as a foreign language, in Germany. Lived 8 years in Norway too - plus a year in New Zealand. I'm fed up with the U.S. and intrigued with Costa Rica. Would someone please give me contact info. for the Waldorf school in (near?) PV? Thanks so much!
April 17, 2008
Tami from Mesa, Arizona
Hotels on the beach
Hi Colin, I have heard about you from others on CR forums. We are planning a trip in 2009 and Puerto Viejo is one of our destinations. Are there any beach front hotels reasonably priced? We are also going to over to the Pacific side to see the volcano's. Where is the best rain forest to do a tour? Caribbean side or Pacific? Thanks in advance.
April 13, 2008
Ruchi and Tonylee from Brooklyn, NY, USA
What can we say? It’s been 2 months since we left the loving arms, pure bliss, fantastic hospitality, and the new family that we found at
Pachamama, the luscious beach-jungle palace in thee indescribable paradise that is Punta Uva. And we are still high, reeling, and plotting our imminent return.
Our first time in Costa Rica we absolutely found our second home at Pachamama, aka Bill & Cathy Land, thanks to the kind generosity, 5-star meals, and impeccable attention to detail that these fabulous hosts bestowed upon us happily, graciously, and seemingly without effort.
On our first night, Bill greeted us with frozen umbrella drinkys, gave us the grand tour, put us on their/ our bikes (for the week), told us to take our flashlights and sent us off into the night to a great restaurant with live jazz. Riding our bikes over the fantastically bumpy road in the pitch black with a ceiling of stars that outnumbered the black space in the sky, we realized we were somewhere special. That was just the first 10 minutes of our nine-day stay and it only got better.
What just hit us? Sensory overload, as we swing in our hammock, drinking from the nectars of the jungle while the rainforest sings right off our back porch. Coming from NYC we had no clue what to expect and our expectations were completely blown away with the subtle and delicious intensities that unfolded right before our smiling, blissed out eyes. Did we say bliss? BLISS BLISS BLISS!!!
Yes, you can have so many different adventures as described on the website ( http://www.pachamamacaribe.com ) which these guys will easily set up for you. We did a few things for sure. But mostly we just chilled the whole time either in our bungalow or at OUR beach, Punta Uva—means Grape Point—5 mins walk from Pmama by the way (or was it 3?) or at OUR beach restaurant/ bar Ranchito (strawberry daiquiris anyone? I had 50). We sun basked, body surfed, and giggled incessantly as any stress in us vanished
in the gorgeous, warm and gentle surf of the Caribbean Sea.
Your search is over!!! Pachamama is perfect and Bill, Cathy, Cassidy, Liam, Lucy, and Linda are the reason. Thank you guys so much for a superfantastic and memorable homecoming! Pura Vida fo sho!!! Did we mention bliss? See you soon.
Lovelovelove, Ruchi and Tony.
P.S. The sound of laughing you might hear in the middle of the night is not directed at you, its just the horny lizards looking for love…
After all Pachamama is for lovers!!!
Enjoy the best, most satiating, relaxing, exciting, life affirming
April 11, 2008
Siamak Christian und Yvonne (Germany)
Wir waren letztes Jahr (2007) in Costa Rica. Das Banana Azul gehört definitv zu den empfehlenswertesten Häusern an der Karibikküste. Besonders gut war das Frühstück. Der Strand ist prima und wenn man im Frühsommer da ist, hat man ihn auch so ziemlich allein. Tagestouren von hier ins Inland sind ebenfalls eine großartige Sache. Für eigene Trips sollte man auf jeden Fall einen Geländewagen mieten (durchgängige Straßenschäden).
April 11, 2008
Amy from Seattle
Sean & I just got back from our spring break trip to Costa Rica! We went to Puerto Viejo, and stayed in a beautiful hotel called Banana Azul. Before I left, I was telling my mom about the hotel, and the Canadian guy Colin who runs it. She said, "Oh, is Colin your friend or Sean's friend?" And I said, "Neither. I just read his blog."
Wouldn't that be funny if we could speak hyperlink? Anyway, the hotel was just as amazing as I'd dreamed!!
April 03, 2008
Jonathan from Cleveland, Ohio
Jamming In Paradise
Started going down in 1997 for Honey Moon. Was going to purchase property and regret it. We have farm in Turrialba.(Which is nice place to stop on way to Beach)At least twice a yr go to Puerto Viejo. it so much a better scene than Pacific. It is like he wrote you can just say NO!We being repeat timers it is amazing how much more stuff we find when we go. Hope to be back in June.
April 01, 2008
joaqun from madrid, spain
Puerto Viejo es el puto paraiso, realmente el puto paraiso...
April 01, 2008
Peg & Steve
Just returned from paradise....Banana Azul is simply amazing! Not enough superlatives to describe our stay. The scenery--breathtaking. The food--scrumptious. The people--kind, helpful, and so much fun. Colin & Roberto are the consummate hosts. Their place attracts the most wonderful people. We will be back! Thank you for an unforgettable vacation.
March 19, 2008
Luke from Oklahoma
Thought we would let you know we have travled all over the caribbean, south america and europe and have bought property in PV and love it there. I liked your comments with the exception of Oklahoma not being desirable. I would think that you have never been to Oklahoma and if you had you would know that it is a very affordable and wonderful place to homebase out of. Most importantly Oklahoma is a beautiful place and has a few lefties of its own.
March 02, 2008
Tina and Jim
Private Shuttle Service
I wanted to thank you for the wonderful service when we were in Costa Rica. Our driver, "Peter" was an excellent tour guide and very prompt in pickup us up when we arrived and departing. Peter was kind enough to return to the airport to deliver some things my husband left in the van. Thank you once again for your service.
February 26, 2008
Lance and Adrienne from Petersburg, Alaska
So as you are reading the reviews on this one of many available bungalows in the Punta Uva area, I would like to say.....Stop reading any more reviews!.......... because you have found the best place to stay in all of the Puerto Veijo-Manzanilliio area. My wife and I visisted the PV area after we were married on our honeymoon. We stayed at many different bungalow type accomidations, and found, by far, Pachamama exceeded all the others by far. Yes its not right on the ocean, but one of the best beaches in PV is a 5 minute walk from the bungalows. These bungalows are nestled in a non manicured jungle right on a little river which you can kayak from your front door to the beach or up into the jungle to see howler monkeys and sloths. Bill and Kathy are the owners, and they are super accomidating without seeming like they are trying to sellyou every canopy tour in the book. They will give you snorkels, bikes, boogie boards for the duration of your stay for one price, and not charge you per use rentals. Breakfast every morning to your porch, tasty and great coffee, make sure you request the Salsa Lizano with your eggs. Punta Uva is a beautiful beach, secluded and not many folks around, pretty good snorkeling too!!. You can ride your bike to Manzanillio, or PV, and Bill will fix your flat tires every time with a smile. I guess we really liked the privacy and "do your own thing" feel. Definately spring the extra dough for the big house bungalow, great fully stocked kitchen, nice bedroom (most comfy bed we found in all of coasta rica), and bathroom. Suprisingly, we had no bug problem while staying there (the other places we would wake up and be covered in ant bites).
OK Basically this is the most tranquil place we ran into in all of the PV area. Hope you like it!!!!
February 24, 2008
Brian Craig from Flagstaff Arizona
Have most people been happy with this trip, ie the hotel and catamaran?
February 01, 2008
When we arrived at Banana Azul, we first couldnt believe this place is "real". It is in the rainforest and as well at the beach, the view to the garden and to the sea is fantastic and the sound of the birds and the other animals just amazining! We have never found such a great place before. Colin and Roberto are the so unbelievable frinedly and helpful, the food is fantastic and Puerto Viejo is a very nice town with good restaurants and great beaches nearby!
January 21, 2008
Fran Keally from Madison, USA
My husband, two teenaged daughters and I spent a tranquil week in the house at Pachamama between Christmas and New Years Day, hanging out in the hammock, listening to the birds and monkeys and seeing a blue Morphos float by every now and then. Everyday we rode the bikes into Puerto Viejo or Manzanillo and Bill was there every morning to make sure we had what we needed on our way out and to greet us on our return with some ripe bananas or a homemade bakery item. It was easy to catch the bus every evening into town for a fabulous dinner at one of the restaurants. I highly recommend Pachamama. Bill and Cathy know the area well and can help you with all your coastal plans.
January 20, 2008
Jill & Jacob from Hermosa Beach, CA
If you’ve never been to Costa Rica, than look no further. Pachamama is like a home away from home, that is, if you live in a jungle. As soon as we arrived in Punta Uva, I knew we were in for a treat. Surrounded by a thick canopy of trees and nestled on the coastal beaches, Pachamama offers everything a traveler needs. There’s a river to the right, activity in the trees above and “Pura Vida” everywhere. The House and Bungalows blend into the flora and fauna, giving you the true sense of being “Away” from it all. Our stay in the Bungalow was spacious and accommodating, with views overlooking the breathtaking rainforest. Add hot water, fresh linens and a hammock for those daily siestas, you’ll never leave your room and with Bill & Cathy’s excellent homemade cuisine, your pallet will never want to leave either. A Pachamama breakfast is complimented with the sounds of Howling Monkeys, colorful Toucans who come down and visit, beautiful Butterflies float by in the air and with any luck, a sloth might cross your path. With plenty of areas to explore, the towns of Manzanillo and Puerto Viejo are a scooter or bike ride away. A local bar and restaurant sits right on the surf and is a lazy walk back to your room. And with all of the zest and fanfare of the locals, you'll be sure to find your own adventure and Pachamama is a great way to start one.
Pachamama truly offered an amazing experience and comes with the highest of recommendations.
January 16, 2008
Cash and Jordana
What a find! We were faced with a canceled cruise and found Banana Azul on accident searching Google. Roberto and Colin are the nicest people you could ever want to spend a week with, and the property itself is the best blend of inactivity and adventure one could ever hope for. The food, the service, the tours, and especially the staff made this one of the best vacations we have ever taken. Even as we drove back to the airport, we knew we would be back soon. See you guys in a few months!
January 15, 2008
Kevin Hogan from Chicago
I was extremely impressed with the tranquility and serene nature of Pachamama. Bill and Cathy went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that my stay was a complete success. Listening to Howler Monkeys, and sleeping in such a natural setting made me completely awestruck. I would recommned Pachmama to any of my friends or peers, and truly look forward to my next stay. Not to mention the unparalleled breakfast as well. Truly Incredible.
January 10, 2008