Puerto Viejo De Talamanca

Published: March 23rd 2014
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How To Get There


We tried to get the 10am direct bus from Gran Terminal del Caribe. We walked there from out hostel, queued up to get tickets and found the bus actually leaves from Terminal San Carlos. There were a few other people there who were in the same situation. One couple had been told the wrong terminal by their hotel and we relied on the Lonely Planet which is wrong. If you to get the direct bus go to Terminal San Carlos.

We didn't have enough time to change bus stations and buy tickets for the direct bus and there are only 4 a day so we decided to go via Puerto Limon. This bus does leave from Gran Terminal del Caribe. You need to buy tickets from the offices behind the shops. We caught the 10:30am bus which cost 3,155 colones and went directly to Limon arriving at 2:50pm.

In Limon you need to change bus stations to get the bus to Puerto Viejo De Talamanca. To get to the other bus station exit the bus station behind the shops, turn right, walk past the baseball stadium and turn right down the road. The bus station is on your left. Less than 5 mins walk and just the other side of the stadium.

There are several buses which either end in Puerto Viejo or stop there on the way to Manzanillo or Sixaola. We caught the bus at 3;30pm costing 1,800 colones and arriving in town at 4:30pm. You can walk to plenty of hostels from the bus stop.

Where We Stayed

Hotel Puerto Viejo - $24 for a private room with shared bathroom. Hot showers and kitchen. When we stayed it seemed several people didn't want to wash their dishes and I had my material 'bag for life' bag and some biscuits taken from the kitchen. The gas bottle ran out in the kitchen when we were cooking breakfast and the receptionist did not seem too interested. 5 mins later we asked again as nothing had happened and were informed the boss was at the beach and they can't do anything about it. During checkout they had hardly any change, no US $ and they had to raid the coffee money to give us change in coins which was not the best as we were heading to Panama that morning. I felt sorry for the people who tried to checkout next as they had completely run out of change by then.

What We Did

Visited Guabito-Manzanillo National Park - We rented bikes in town for $5 a day. It is a 12km easy cycle to Manzanillo. Unfortunately it chucked it down our whole cycle. It is free to walk around the park and there is a beach and a jungle path. We didn't see any wildlife in the park however the rain slowed to a drizzle for our cycle back and we saw a few toucans and monkeys from the road. You can stop off at a few beaches on the way back.

Where We Ate

Costa Rica is expensive so we only ate in the hostel. There are a few supermarkets in town. Litre bottles of beer are available in supermarkets for1,170 colones with a 500 colon deposit for the bottles. Bring the empties back with your receipt to get your deposit back.

Where We Went Next

Next we went to Panama and were glad to see the back of Costa Rica. The border crossing will be in the next post.


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