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Taxi cabs in Puerto Viejo

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Taxi cabs in Puerto Viejo

We will be in Puerto Viejo next week and have a free day. We were hoping to go to the Pure Jungle Spa in Puerto Viejo, but where we are staying is a bit too far to walk there. We are staying at the Mother Dear cottages which are near Banana Azul and some of those hotels. Would it be pretty easy to get a cab to take us to the spa? We don't speak Spanish, not sure if that will be an obstacle. And how much would we expect to pay for a cab to take us about 3km?

Also, since we have that free day in Puerto Viejo, does anyone have any recommendations for exceptionally beautiful beaches in the area? Preferably one that is safe for wading/swimming in as well?

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1. Re: Taxi cabs in Puerto Viejo

For swimming go to Punta Uva. For taxi, I am sure folks at Banana Azul will call you one for you.

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2. Re: Taxi cabs in Puerto Viejo

Jimmy and Debbie from Mother Dear will also have no problem getting you a taxi. It is a great day trip to take bikes to Punta Uva. The roads are all flat all the way there and lots to see on the way.

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3. Re: Taxi cabs in Puerto Viejo

Congratulations you are staying in one of the best places in Playa Negra…Mother Dear…great people…they will find you a nice ride…if you need a great nature guide…ABEL BUSTAMANTE…you ask about him at Arrecifes cabins in Punta Uva…great simple place…by the beach…

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Edited: 16 January 2017, 01:05
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4. Re: Taxi cabs in Puerto Viejo

You are saying you will have a free day, but what else are you doing in the area?

The Jaguar Animal Rescue Centre by PV is open 6 days a week;

Manzanillo Ara project - green Macaws reintroduction station: http://thearaproject.org/visit/ , between Manzanillo and Punta Uva, they fly them 4-5 pm when it is not raining, you need to phone them to reserve your visit;

Also see http://www.natureobservatorio.com for a hike with a visit to the glass tree house;

Rent river kayaks / check out if there are any sloths up around the Sloth Point on the beach in Punta Uva.

Cahuita National Park (you do not necessarily need a guide inside, but snorkelling in the park requires a guide).

If you want more lengthy jungle hiking, there is the Gandoca-Manzanillo Reserve which is accessed behind Maxi's restaurant in Manzanillo, S. of Puerto Viejo, the end of the road. Abel's (mentioned in 1 earlier reply) house is there by the main Rd., before its last turn toward Manzanillo. Hiking inside the G-M Reserve is recommended only with a guide. If arranging a guided tour, ensure you specify the max # of ppl the guide will bring with him. Our private tour turned into sharing a hike with a family with 2 little kids, which was an unwelcome surprise for us and had not been mentioned to us in any form during the advance booking or the previous night phone call to confirm the meeting point. There are safety concerns in the area - see the reviews https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review… and forum posts, such as https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowTopic-g164406… and more recent ones.

Many places, incl. hotels, rent bikes there. Check the bikes well before agreeing to take them and make sure you have been given a lock for each of them.

For taxis info in the area, see https:/…bus-to-puerto-viejo.php . There are also local buses, Mepe, which run fairly frequently up to PV and about once an hour to the Manzanillo end. The Puerto Viejo satellite site shows photos of S. Caribbean tuc tuc taxis, too. They are like cute open golf carts on wheels.

Edited: 16 January 2017, 01:43
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5. Re: Taxi cabs in Puerto Viejo

Thank you all for the helpful replies and links! While we are in Puerto Viejo we are also seeing the Jaguar Rescue Center, doing a chocolate tour, and hiking to a local waterfall, not sure which one. Gecko Trail has arranged our trip and tours. Funny story, we were originally supposed to go to Costa Rica Jan. 14-23 but the day before we were supposed to leave I got sick with the flu and have been in bed with 102 degree temps. So we had to push the trip back a week. Gecko Trail has been wonderful in basically re-scheduling our whole trip. But we did end up with this free day, which is no biggie I think we are going to go check out Punta Uva as you all have suggested and the spa.

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6. Re: Taxi cabs in Puerto Viejo

Have found you the exact link to the page where the photos of taxis and Tuktuks in S. Caribbean are - https:/…caribesur (look lower on that site), it also contains the phone # for booking a taxi directly, but usually, the hotel owners or restaurants can call you one. Have the bus schedule handy, too. Very inexpensive for getting between the towns there. You just stand and wait for a bus on the main road, anywhere, if outside the main point.

Remember that it gets dark in CR after 5:30-6, and if planning on having dinner somewhere out at night, you will need a taxi to come back to your hotel.

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