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Emergency contact information

With Semana Santa about to start and all the crowds it will bring, it's a good time to make sure you know how to contact emergency services. Remember you can call 911 for any emergency and here are the contact numbers for non-emergency services or check our safety page for more information. Thanks to the Chamber of Tourism and Commerce Caribe Sur and the Munipalidad de Talamanca for the graphic and reminder.

Apr 12 2019 View story

Pics of some of the newly renovated rooms

From Coco Loco Lodge. They look great!

¡Habitaciones remodeladas a Coco Loco Lodge! #PuertoViejoTopPick

Apr 1 2019 View story

Lots of great safety tips here

Including from local Colin Brownlee of Banana Azul. And a very unique use for a diaper!

Mar 30 2019 View story

International Airport in Limon funding is approved!

Terminal de aeropuerto de Limón tiene luz verde!

Mar 21 2019 View story

The Sloth Conservation Foundation is embarking on a major reforestation project in the South Caribbean

The future depends on what we do now - and if we want to see a future with sloths in it, then we need to give them their homes back. The forest that the sloths rely on for food and shelter is being destroyed at an alarming rate, yet we won't lose hope! The Sloth Conservation Foundation is embarking on a major reforestation project in the South Caribbean - each one of these saplings will be carefully grown, planted and protected for future generations!

Mar 21 2019 View story

The lifeguard program at Playa Cocles is expanding!

Great news! Guardavidas del Caribe Sur have hired two new lifeguards Andrés & Jerry who will be working Punta Uva beach for the moment Saturday and Sunday only. And they are working now at Playa Chiquita Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Remember that this program operates only because of your donations, it receives no government funding. If you'd like to help contact them at

Mar 18 2019 View story

Viajeros con niños / Visitors with children

No soy experto pero quiero escribir una articulo sobre lugares y cosas para hacer para viajeros con niños en la zona, Por ejemplo, los mejores playas, actividades y lugares. O servicios para niños como cuidado de niños, cursos, transporte, etcétera. Ya tengo una lista básica de lugares pero que piensen ustedes?

I'm no expert but I'd like to write an article about places and things to do for visitors with kids to our area. For example: the best beaches, activities and spots to go. Or services like babysitting, short courses, transport, etc. I already have a list to start but what does everyone think? What are your ideas to include?

Feb 28 2019 View story

If you've seen or heard great green macaws on the South Caribbean coast it is almost certainly due

to the work of Ara Manzanillo. These birds were virtually extinct but now are starting a comeback due to their reintroduction programs and support of nesting sites and chicks. Help them continue this great work with a donation or support the cause by visiting their Manzanillo fieldstation.

Feb 13 2019 View story

Some beautiful photos from this article in Denmark's Svenska Dagbladet newspaper

And some recommendations for a few of our favorite places: KOKi Beach, Banana Azul and Congo Bongo Ecolodges. If you don't happen to read Danish ;-) try Google translate.

Jan 29 2019 View story

The school Caribe Azul Centro de Aprendizaje Independiente in Playa Chiquita closed in December

But the community responded quickly and two new places are opening soon in their space. Centro Comunitario Morpho is a community space dedicated to creativity and learning for adults and children and their grand opening is Feb 1. Jardín Infantil Las Semillas is a school and childcare for kids aged up to 6 and they are registering now for classes beginning Feb 4.

Jan 29 2019 View story

Speeding on Route 256 killing animals, reshaping mobility

One of the charms of Puerto Viejo has always been that from Puerto Viejo south to Manzanillo there have always been more bikes than cars making it a safer space for cyclists, pedestrians and wildlife. But since the road became a national rather than municipal road the improvements have made it a lot smoother but also a lot faster. Hopefully CONAVI will start listening.

Jan 26 2019 View story

Have some time to help out?

Beach cleanup this Saturday on Playa Negra. Sponsored by Banana Azul.

Tiene tiempo para ayudar? Sábado vamos a limpiar Playa Negra.

Jan 23 2019 View story

Mark your calendar for some world class surfing action

Saturday Feb 2 is the latest version of the Puerto Viejo Open Pro tournament.

El 2 de febrero es la próxima torneo de surf. Puerto Viejo Open Pro en Playa Cocles.

Jan 23 2019 View story

New house rental option near Punta Uva!

Los Proyectos Moderno is a two bedroom house perched on a secluded five acre lot and surrounded by infinite pristine nature. You’ll enjoy endless spectacular views as you discover all the amazing wildlife Costa Rica has to offer. Great place to get away from it all and disconnect -- it has everything you need but there's no wifi, no tv -- the animals walking by will be your entertainment.

Jan 22 2019 View story

Sueño Grande B&B at the beach now has a house rental option too

In addition to the superb suites at Sueño Grande Bed and Breakfast! The tropical wood home sleeps 4, offers one king and one queen bedroom, a kitchenette, private seating area, spacious bath with hot water on demand. Ocean breezes blow through the screened windows and the ceiling fans keep the house pleasant for a good night’s sleep. #PuertoViejoTopPick

Jan 18 2019 View story

Puerto Viejo Deep Dive: Cancún crossroads, preserving culture forged by hardship

Interesting article on the history of the area. The title is a bit misleading, there really isn't a proposal to make Puerto Viejo into Cancun but instead lots of info on how the area got its unique cultural makeup.

Jan 18 2019 View story

Flights from Costa Rica to Bocas are hung up in regulatory approval in Panama

We announced with excitement on Nov 29 that a new airline, Skyway, would be taking up the San José to Bocas del Toro route that was left unserved after Nature Air stopped flying. But unfortunately, they've been unable to get approvals from the Panamanian government. See their letter below. We'll let you know if and when they do begin.

Recibimos noticias que los vuelos entre San José y Bocas del Toro no están operando porque faltan los permisos del gobierno de Panama. Si ellos empecen a volar vamos a informarles. Ver la mensaje de Skyway abajo.

"Les informamos que la ruta a Bocas del Toro ha sido suspendida hasta nuevo aviso. La suspensión de la ruta se debe a un cambio de regulaciones del Gobierno de Panamá. Por lo que no estaremos operando los vuelos regulares o charters a este destino por el momento. No tenemos una fecha definida de inicio, por lo que les mantendremos informados. Lamentamos mucho el cierre de la ruta, pero sale de nuestras manos completamente. Esperamos poder reactivarla pronto!!"

Jan 15 2019 View story

Warning to swimmers!

There have been numerous sightings today of Portuguese man-o-war jellyfish (pictured) at various locations on the South Caribbean coast including Puerto Viejo, Cahuita and Manzanillo. Do not touch them or try to remove them from the water to take a photo! If you are stung: neutralize the poison by removing the remains of the tentacles from your skin. You can try to wash the area with alcohol or salt water. Never use fresh water because it intensifies the effects. It is also not recommended to use vinegar, something that does work with the common jellyfish. Hot water is Hot water is better than cold if possible. Use after a cortisone cream after washing.

Atención bañistas: Esta especie conocida como carabela portuguesa han sido vistas en gran cantidad esta mañana en la costa del Caribe Sur. Si me pica: Lo primero es actuar para neutralizar el veneno retirando los restos de los tentáculos de nuestra piel. Según el lugar donde nos toque y en función de la distancia a un puesto de socorro o a una farmacia, se puede intentar lavar la zona con alcohol o con agua salada. No usar nunca agua dulce porque intensifica los efectos. Tampoco está recomendado usar vinagre, algo que sí funciona con la medusa común. No conviene aplicar agua fría, sino preferentemente caliente y usar después de una crema con cortisona.

Jan 13 2019 View story

Talamanca Canton has banned plastic straws!

It's official; the local government in Talamanca Canton has banned plastic straws! A small step for us to use organic straws but a big step for the wildlife affected by them.

Jan 13 2019 View story

Stunning new property video

From Congo Bongo Ecolodges showing the lushness of the Manzanillo area and the pristine nature of the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge where they are located. #PuertoViejoTopPick

Jan 12 2019 View story

Some ideas for your next trip to Puerto Viejo!

Article from Matador network

Jan 5 2019 View story

An Artists’ Guide to the Paradisiacal Beach Town of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Vogue covers Puerto Viejo!? I don't high heels and little black dresses will take over from flip flops and tank tops. But lots of info and photos!

Jan 2 2019 View story

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

How will you ring in the new year? Share in comments below and let us know what's on offer! Don't have plans yet? Check the PV Restaurants and Bars page for a zillion options!

Dec 31 2018 View story

360° aerial view of Puerto Viejo

Amazing! So why aren't you here now?

Vista Aérea 360° de Puerto Viejo! ¿Así porque no estas aquí ahora?

Dec 5 2018 View story

When you're too comfortable to leave the hotel...

Sometimes nature will come right to you. In the garden at Banana Azul #PuertoViejoTopPick

Nov 29 2018 View story

Want to live here in paradise?

Check out this new listing in Cocles. Brand new build, 2 bedrooms, 2 full bath, steps to the beach. Contact Caribe Sur Real Estate for more info!

Nov 28 2018 View story

It is so clear today that from the viewpoint in Manzanillo your can see Isla Uvita

It is off of Limón, some 70km distant.

Hoy había una excelente visibilidad y desde el mirador de Manzanillo se podía ver Isla Uvita situada frente Limón, unos 70 km de distancia.

Video by/por La Kukula Lodge.

Nov 26 2018 View story

Excellent travel tips

From the experts over at Caribe Fun Tours to make your trip to Costa Rica stress free!

Nov 22 2018 View story

Visiting Costa Rica is more fun if you learn to speak like a Tico!

Check out this guide to "Costarriquenismos" from the awesome folks at Gecko Trail Costa Rica

Nov 21 2018 View story

Want to Renew & Replenish?

This Costa Rica retreat in May includes delicious fresh whole local food, excursions that will fill you with wonder, awe and positivity, local speakers/dinner guests & mentors will help you see how differently life can be lived and daily classes that include, dance, rejuvenating breath work and mediation. And is hosted by Louise of Casa Luna Beach House and Nina of Gecko Trail Costa Rica so we know it will be wonderful!

Nov 19 2018 View story

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