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England
posts: 488
reviews: 1
Need Car?

Is it necessary to hire a car to travel around in Puerto Viejo and other nearby places? Is it also easy to find parking at the beaches?

We were thinking to travel from San Joes to Puerto Viejo by car. But we are not sure if we need a car in Puerto Viejo. We may get a bike to travel around there. How about going to Cahuita.

If we go to Bocas, we have to leave our rental car somewhere before heading there, right?

Colorado
posts: 180
reviews: 11
1. Re: Need Car?

You can do without a car around Puerto Viejo. It's not a trivial ride from Puerto Viejo to Cahuita (14 km each way but totally flat) but certainly doable if you like to cycle.

You cannot take a rental car across the border so you would have to have secure parking for it while you visit Panama.

Puerto Viejo de...
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2. Re: Need Car?

Although handy to explore the area, you won't need a car. Many people use bicycles or taxis to get around. To go to Cahuita you can easily get a bus. If you rent a car to drive to Puerto you will have an additional fee for the company to pick it up. It is easy to find parking space when you take a car to the beaches but make sure you don't leave anything in the car.

You are correct about Bocas, you can't take a rental car over the border.

Puerto Viejo de...
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3. Re: Need Car?

Just a comment on using a bicycle to go to Cahuita, yes, that is absolutely possible but better not. You will share the road with fast going traffic.

England
posts: 488
reviews: 1
4. Re: Need Car?

Thanks! will we be given the bike lock when hiring a bike?

Is it safe to leave the bike anywhere or near beaches?

Puerto Viejo de...
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for Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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5. Re: Need Car?

You will get a lock, if not ask for one and if they have none, go somewhere else. When you use the lock things should be ok. Have fun!

San Jose, Costa Rica
posts: 43,081
6. Re: Need Car?

Agree do not even try to go from Puerto Viejo to Cahuita by bicycle...way to many cars and most of them moving fast...

roadadvisor

England
posts: 488
reviews: 1
7. Re: Need Car?

Thanks,

We were thinking to spend 3 nights in Puerto Viejo, 3 nights in Punta Uva? We can go to Cahuita from either PV or PU by taix/bus, as it is in the middle between PV and PU, right?

Is it too much to spend 6 days in these areas, as we will be heading to Bac for 3 days after this?

Puerto Viejo, Costa...
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posts: 1,486
reviews: 37
8. Re: Need Car?

There is a place right at the border to park your car while travelling to Bocas. I have parked there many times. I think it was $6 day?

Many people that have stayed with us have broke up their stay with a few days at a beach hotel and a few days at a jungle hotel. If you have a car, you will have no problem getting anywhere. Bus is totally acceptable in getting to Cahuita. Runs on the hour.

Here is a link to information about traveling from Puerto to Bocas. puertoviejosatellite.com/transport_bocas.php

You will also see link their for local PV transportation.

Cheers, Colin

Hotel Banana Azul

San Jose, Costa Rica
posts: 721
9. Re: Need Car?

I'd personally recommend having a car if it's in your budget. It really frees you up to explore a range of beaches and attractions in the area.

I'd also say, if you have a car, there's really no need to spend 3 days in Puerto Viejo, and 3 days in Punta Uva. For all intents and purposes, everything between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo feels like one basic area. I'd choose a hotel that you like and fits your budget, and just stay put. Ride bikes one or two days, if you like. Colin's hotel is wonderful.

Be very careful and aware of your belongings, parked rental car and park bike anywhere along that area, especially isolated stretches of beach.

A great mountain/jungle hotel to break up yr trip would be Selva Bananito Lodge. An excellent and unique eco-lodge.

Slovenia
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reviews: 57
10. Re: Need Car?

The towns on south part of the Caribbean coast, from north to south, are Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, Punta Uva and Manzanillo. All of them are connected with a local bus, although not so many during the day and even fever into the night. There is plenty to do in that area, I have been there twice fpr 6 days, once in Punta Uva area (without car) and once in Playa Negra area (with car). And yes, Colin runs a remarkable hotel, great vibe and fantastic staff.

Edited: 4:12 pm, November 05, 2012