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Arriving in Hone Creek fom Puerto Viejo: the highway goes North toward Cahuita and Limon or South to the Panama border at Sixaola. Photo by Lisa Valencia

Need something special? You might need to go to Hone Creek, Bri Bri or Sixaola

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Hone Creek, Bri Bri and Sixaola don't tend to be big tourist draws on their own as they aren't beachfront (some Hone Creek properties are just a short walk to the beach). Instead they are local service and transportation hubs that a traveler may need to pass through.

Most travelers will pass through Hone Creek on the way into Puerto Viejo as this is where they leave the main highway 36 which goes from Limon to the border with Panama at Sixaola. The only gas station in the South Caribbean is located here. There is also the public and best equipped medical clinic as well as several larger supermarkets and hardware stores. Many local residents who work in the hotels and restaurants in Puerto Viejo live in Hone Creek. There are also several places to stay in Hone Creek which tend to be either good value or feature larger properties where you can get away from it all.

Bri Bri is the administrative center for the canton of Talamanca where Puerto Viejo is located. Some police and investigative services are located here.

Sixaola is the town at the border to Panama and so travelers heading to Bocas del Toro or other destinations in Panama will pass through here. See the travel to Bocas page for more information.

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Hone Creek Gas Station

Only full service gas station for miles.
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Police and Medical Services

Hone Creek Clinic

Nearest Public Clinic to Puerto Viejo.
 +506 2756-8022, 2756-8024
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Hardware, Building Supplies, Nurseries

Colono Hone Creek

Large building supplies and hardware store
 +506 2713-1300
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Hotels - Hone Creek

Cabinas Sax's Caribe

Hotel with 4 large rooms, each with own entrance and bathroom; common washing machine and kitchen. Situated in a park with lots of plants and animals. 5 km from Puerto Viejo, 2 km from Playa Negra, 1 km from supermarket, clinic and petrol station; road asphalted.
 +506 2759 9246, 6034 6078
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Hotel Hawa

Offers nine rooms, 3 bungalows plus a 3 bedroom/2 bath house. Five standard rooms have ceiling fans, cable television, and hot water. Four deluxe rooms have added amenities of air conditioning, dvd and cd players. Three private bungalows come with the same amenities as the deluxe rooms and also include a combination of breakfast nook, kitchen areas, bars, private porches, barbeque areas, and put you much closer to Costa Rican wildlife. For larger parties a three bedroom 2 bath bungalow is available. Restaurant, Bar.
 +506 2750 0594
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 Average room rate: $50
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Rancho Tranquilo

Organic Farming and Lodging
 2756 8198
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Samasati Retreat and Rainforest Sanctuary

Perched on a mountain ridge overlooking the Caribbean Sea, offers guest house and casita accommodations just minutes away from the beaches of Puerto Viejo. For over 20 years they have hosted retreats, workshops, guest artists and travelers. Stays include vegetarian buffet served in an open air restaurant. Also available on site are healing massage treatments, jacuzzi spa, nature trails, waterfall with natural pool, daily yoga classes and a meditation hall.
 800 563-9643 (USA Toll free), 2537-3418 (Costa Rica)
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 Average room rate: $105
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Villa Mena Apartments

Furnished apartments near the mountain and not far from the beach. Two apartments for 2 persons and 1 for up to 5 persons. All have A/C, equipped kitchen, parking, cable TV and hot water.
 8304 5966
 Average room rate: $50
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Landmarks, Beaches


The town of Bribri is the administrative centre for the region and has services not available elsewhere such as a veterinary clinic, copy centre. Transporte Bocatereños buses between San Jose and Bocas del Toro, Panama stop here.
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Hone Creek

Community at the turnoff to Puerto Viejo which has a number of services including gasoline station, a public clinic, car rental, school, hardware and more. Also the place to catch more frequent buses to Sixaola, Limon, Cahuita or BriBri which do not enter Puerto Viejo.
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Border with Panama. Crossing is open 7am to 5pm (8am to 6pm in Panama time) with a 1 hour lunch closure. The photo is of the bridge linking Sixaola with the Panamanian town of Guabito.
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Real Estate

Samarcanda Gated Community

A community of people sharing a vision of eco-sustainable living with nature. Lots with stunning ocean and forest views starting at $50,000. 1, 2 and 3 bedroom home-designs to choose from. Your dream home in the jungle for only $200,000 - $300,000 to use as a primary residence or a Costa Rica vacation home. Features 30 home sites; 21 lots are available for sale.
 8844 2895
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Carisur Spanish School

School, accommodation (cabina) and tours
 +506 6092 8700
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Supermarkets and Other Groceries

Pali Supermarket

No-frills supermarket in Hone Creek
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Super Negro

Large supermarket
 +506 2750 0154
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Tours and Activities

Aiko-logi Tours

Aiko is a private 330 acre nature reserve near the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. It is nestled in the first ridge of the Talamanca mountains close to the border to Panama. The beach villages of Puerto Viejo and Cahuita are just 20 minutes away, but Aiko is the perfect place to get away from it all. They invite you to visit this untouched ecosystem! The basecamp is built only of natural materials and can be rented on a nightly basis.
 +506 2750 2084, 8997 6869
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