How do I get to Puerto Viejo and Cabinas Los Almendros?
Cabinas Los Almendros is located in downtown Puerto Viejo, on a quiet street, just steps from a beautiful beach protected by a reef so it is safe for children. We're a short walk to a large international variety of restaurants, bars and more. See our location on the Puerto Viejo Satellite Map
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limon (there is also another Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica named Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui so don't get on the wrong bus!) is located on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica not far from the Panama border.
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There are a number of different options for getting to the Puerto Viejo area:
If you'd like to drive to Puerto Viejo, the route is fairly easy once you're out of the confusion of San Jose and the road is in good condition and paved until the last 5 miles or so into town. A 4WD vehicle is not needed to get down here but you may want one once you're here to explore more.
We are an authorized rental car agent for Poas Rent-a-Car so we can set you up with a rental car once you're here if you like.
The public bus is the most economical (about $8pp) and is quite easy. It leaves 5 times daily from the Caribe Sur Bus Terminal in San Jose at 6am, 10am, Noon, 2pm and 4pm. And there are also additional frequent buses as well that go to Limon where you can transfer to Puerto Viejo. One disadvantage here is that these buses do sometimes sell out and you can only buy tickets in person at the bus terminal so if you can get there the day before to get your tickets, that is best.
Shared Ride Shuttle
Shared ride van services are comfortable and pick you up right at your hotel and will bring you right to Cabinas Los Almendros. They travel around Costa Rica on a scheduled basis. There are several scheduled daily services to Puerto Viejo from San Jose and from Arenal - please click the link below to see schedules and rates. They will not transport pets, you will need the private driver option (see below) for that.
We're happy to book your shuttle transporation for you whether to or from Puerto Viejo or to or from any other destination in Costa Rica.
If you're coming straight down to the coast from your international flight and would prefer not to spend the first night in San Jose, the best option is often a private driver that meets your flight and will bring you directly to Cabinas Los Almendros.
There's no waiting for a scheduled departure, no luggage restrictions (they use a roomy 10 passenger van and even bigger vehicles are available if you've got a big group) and no stopping along the way for other passengers. Price is $190 for the van from San Jose Airport (or from a San Jose area hotel) to Puerto Viejo. They also can take you from any other place in Costa Rica (e.g. Arenal to Puerto Viejo or vice-versa).
With a River Rafting Trip
For the adventurous, an unforgettable way to get to Puerto Viejo is to book a rafting trip down the Pacuare river. The one-day trip is $99 pp but they will pick you up and drop you off at your choice of San Jose, Puerto Viejo or Arenal! If you're coming from San Jose, your day will start at about 6 am at your San Jose hotel, then you'll spend the full day in the adventure of a lifetime and arrive into Puerto Viejo in the evening. There is no additional cost for being delivered to a different city than you got picked up so it's like getting your transport for free! You even get lunch. They also offer a 2 day option with an overnight along the river. Some of the other tours we offer also include a similar transportation option.
Leaving Puerto Viejo?
It's not over yet... one final option, best for leaving Puerto Viejo and getting to your next destination, is to book a multi-day package which includes transportation from Puerto Viejo to San Jose or Arenal. Our multi-day packages include transport from Puerto Viejo and give you the option of ending your trip in San Jose or Arenal (depending on the package).
For example, our Bocas del Toro, Panama package can include a flight back to San Jose, our Tortugero package ends in San Jose and our Arenal Volcano package ends in Arenal which is a convenient location for continuing your Costa Rica trip on the Pacific side or the north of the country.
Getting Around in the Area
Once you're here, it's pretty much flat. So a great way to get around is to rent a bicycle. Lots of places in town rent them for a few bucks a day. Ask us at the office to recommend a place.
There is some local bus service between Puerto Viejo and the smaller communities southeast of Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita, Punta Uva and Manzanillo. And there's a little more back in the direction of Cahuita to the northwest.
Taxis are also available.
Check out the Puerto Viejo Satellite transport page for detailed information on your options for getting around in the area.