Transport planner: bus, shuttle, private driver
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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 then continue right for a few more minutes along Playa Negra (black sand beach) until you get into town.
Continue down the main street of town past the Banco de Costa Rica until you again reach the waterfront where you'll go right and follow the beach.
Drive staight on for about 500m, you will first pass the famous Salsa Brava on your left, than Rocking J's also on your left and the 'Pure Jungle Spa' on your right. There you will see our sign on the right side of the road. Turn in this entrance and follow it, until you reach our parking lot.
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 Atlantico Norte,San Jose 9th Avenue, 12th Street at 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm, 4 pm. and 6 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.
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 $40 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.
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 Aiyana Lodge.
You can also do this 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.
Costa Rica directory at www.travel-info-costarica.com.