We're happy to do some shopping for you so you're ready to enjoy the house and the beach as soon as you arrive. A service fee will apply.
As well as managing the most diverse and highest quality selection of rental houses in Puerto Viejo, we are also happy to offer the following services on request:
- Shopping services: have us stock your fridge before you arrive so you are all ready to relax when you get here.
- Cell phone rental: we can rent you a cell phone with a local number so you can easily make all your local calls and arrangements.
- Tour, transportation and assistance with booking of accomodations in other parts of Costa Rica via our partnership with Gecko Trail Adventures
Looking for something else? Just ask!
Puerto Viejo is located near Limon on the Southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica (very close to the Panama Border. Don't go to the other Puerto Viejo, Sarapiqui).
Puerto Viejo Vacation Rentals is located just Northwest of town at Playa Negra (Black Beach), away from the main road and traffic. We're just past Hotel Banana Azul, Click here for an excellent area map which shows our location.
If you are arriving by one of the shuttle companies such as Interbus, specify Banana Azul as your dropoff point and we're a short walk from there.
On arrival our property manager will be on hand to greet you and orient you to the house and area.
Puerto Viejo Area
The beach is within just a few minutes of here, there you can walk and explore the nearby jungle with its undisturbed shores. If you are looking for some Caribbean pura vida energy and its wide array of colorful locals and travelers, downtown Puerto Viejo is a 20-minute walk on the beach or a short taxi or bicycle ride away. There you can stroll thru souvenir shops, find fun classes, learn how to surf or just take it easy with some yoga stretches. You will also find delicious typical cuisine at neighboring soda's or enjoy some Caribbean fine dining and people watching at one of the 25 or so restaurants. There are plenty of activities and tours to fill your days. Please ask us and we would be happy to recommend some local sweet spots.
You will also find grocery stores, pharmacy, internet cafe's, bike and scooter rentals, tour and excursion offices, liquor store, a bank and lots of shopping.
Our tour partner, Gecko Trail Adventures, can help you make arrangements for your entire Costa Rica trip including transportation to Puerto Viejo or around the country, packages to Arenal and Monteverde, Tortuguero, Bocas del Toro and more, and all sorts of fun activities from Canopy tours to Whitewater rafting to Scuba diving and much more. You can also visit them at their office open daily at nearby hotel Banana Azul, just a few minutes north from us along the beach, where you'll also find a restaurant and bar.
Transport planner: bus, shuttle, private driver
Click the button below for your desired route:
Coming from San José
To get through San Jose the best thing to do is to ask your car rental agency or hotel for directions to Route 32 to Limon. You can also hale a cab driver and ask to follow them to Route 32 for $10. This will save you a lot of time if you get lost instead of driving around.
Take Route 32 out of San Jose for about 3 hours to the city of Limon. Before you get to Limon you will see a sign for Route 36 to Puerto Viejo.
Turn right on Route 36 and travel for about 45 minutes until you come to a "Y" in the road. Route 36 turns to the right and a sign will direct you straight to Puerto Viejo. Take this road for about 10 minutes until you see the ocean straight ahead.
Right before you get to the ocean there is a road that only goes to the left. There is a small grocery store on the right and a bus stop shelter on the left at this intersection. Turn left on this street and follow the signs towards Banana Azul.
We will include final directions to the house you have rented with your confirmation.
A 4WD vehicle is not necessary to reach us but you might appreciate it when exploring the area if you get off the beaten track.
Detailed driving directions for the route to Puerto Viejo including an alternative route are available here.
By direct public bus: leaves daily from Terminal del Caribe at 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm & 4 pm. The bus trip from San Jose takes 4 to 5 hours. Cost is about $9. Full information on the bus and schedules can be found on the transport page on www.PuertoViejoSatellite.com which also has a wealth of local information on the area.
Although we are located before town, we recommend going all the way into town and taking a taxi the 3 kms back to our place, especially if you are coming in late. Tell the taxi driver to head toward Hotel Banana Azul and from there your house, apartment or B&B is just beyond.
Shared Ride Shuttle / Minibus
Shuttle door to door service: Interbus and several other shuttle companies operating on a scheduled minibus service with A/C which will pick you up in San Jose or Arenal (right from your hotel) and bring you directly here. Rates start at about $35 per person (a little more from Arenal and always half price for kids).
Use the transport planner to see shuttle schedules and prices as well as other transport options. You can also make a reservation. Shuttles must be booked in advance. Private transport companies will bring your directly to your house rental. Shuttle companies will drop off at their nearest stop which is Banana Azul.
You can also have a private driver make this trip for you. The cost is $195 from San Jose for up to 8 persons and they will go on your schedule at your convenience. They will also meet your flight at the international airport and bring you straight here. Or you can book point-to-point transport from any point in Costa Rica. Use the transport planner to book this service.
Coming from San Jose International Airport
If you want to come directly from your flight at the San Jose International airport to Puerto Viejo, we recommend either a private driver or getting your bus ticket in advance. You can do the latter with the taxi/bus service - the driver meets your flight at the San Jose airport and has already prepurchased your tickets for your selected bus departure. Use the transport planner to book this service. The shuttle services generally leave San Jose to early to meet international incoming flights.
No, you don't actually travel here on the river but the rafting site is located between San Jose or Arenal and the Caribbean and the company will pick you up in one location and drop you off in another. So it turns a day of transportation into a truly memorable day.
The whitewater rafting trip on the Pacuare River has consistently had the highest reviews from all our guests. Trip includes pick up in San Jose or Arenal at your hotel, 4 hour, 18 mile rafting trip, eats and drop off at Banana Azul.
You can also do trip on return from Puerto Viejo to San Jose or Arenal. Single day river trips cost $99 per person. They take care of all belongings and valuables. Click here if you'd like more information on the rafting trip options or to have us book one for you.
The website Puerto Viejo Satellite is the best place to start to find out more about the area.
Another good website is greencoast.com which is aimed specifically at supporting sustainable tourism in the area.
You can become a fan of Puerto Viejo and post photos, comments and question on the Facebook Puerto Viejo page.
Looking for a place to stay in San José? We recommend the Costa Rica Guesthouse.