There are a number of different options for getting to Relax Natural Village in Cocles (Puerto Viejo de Talamanca):
Relax Natural Village is located at Puerto Viejo, Limon on the southern part of the Caribbean sea. Puerto Viejo is a small town and its laid back atmosphere, beaches, cultural mix, make it a popular destination for visitors to the region.
The Atlantic coast offers unspoiled beaches, forested mountains, coconut palms and pineapple and banana plantations. The wild beauty of the area and cultural diversity make the Caribbean an alternative destination for those wishing to avoid the more touristy areas of the country. Limon is the least populated province of Costa Rica and the slow pace makes this a great place to relax, swim, sunbathe, and snorkel off beautiful white and black sand beaches. The ethnic mix of the Limon province is comprised of African Caribbeans who make up one third of the population and the indigenous communities of the Bribi living in the foothills of the Talamanca mountains. There is also a large Chinese population. It is the cultural influence of these ethnic groups which adds to the flavour of the Caribbean zone.
Puerto Viejo is all about eco-tourism. Your hosts can direct you to trustworthy local agents who can provide snorkelling tours off the coral reefs, horseback riding, surfing lessons, kayaking, fishing expeditions, dolphin tours, visits to Indian reserves and a sloth sanctuary and nature walks in the national park.
Map Route : San José Airport to Puerto Viejo
If you are driving to Relax Natural Village you should take the Limon highway #32 from downtown San José. The drive takes approximately 5 hours, depending on weather conditions and traffic.
GPS coordinates are: LAT (N) 09:38:39.455 LON (W) 082:43:59.966
The first part of the trip takes you through the mountains of the Braulio Carrillo National Park which offers stunning vistas but can often be rainy or foggy so drive with caution.
The second part of the trip is through scenic lowlands where you will see banana and pineapple plantations. At the outskirts of Limon you will see a sign for Cahuita and Puerto Viejo.
Turn right at the Texaco station and continue for 1 hour heading south along a scenic route that runs adjacent to the Caribbean Sea.
There are various ways of getting to Puerto Viejo. You may rent a car from one of the major international car rental agencies either from San José International airport or one of their downtown locations. Bookings may be made on-line through the agency reservation system.
The most economical way of getting from San José to Puerto Viejo is by busdeparting from the “Atlantico Norte” bus station daily at 06:00, 10:00, noon, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm. The trip takes about five hours. You should buy your ticket in advance if travelling on the weekend, holiday or during the peak tourist season.
We can also reserve for you transportation on Private Shuttle Company (hotel to hotel shared van service). You will be picked up at your hotel in San José and taken directly to Relax Natural Village. There is a fixed schedule departing San José daily at around 8am and the fare is around $52 (american $) per person one way (5 hour drive). This service is also available to and from Fortuna/Arenal at around $60 per person one way. Private Shuttle Company departs La Fortuna daily at around 6:30 am and from Puerto Viejo to Fortuna at around 11:00 am (6 hour drive).
Please contact us if you would like to reserve the shared van service between San José/Arenal and Puerto Viejo.
Bus : San José Bus Station: “Atlántico Norte” (MEPE)
Terminal Atlántico Norte (B point on map)
New Address: Avenida 9, Calle 12, Barrio México
Map shows how to go from old bus station “Los Caribeños” (A) to the new bus station “Atlántico Norte” (B)
|Schedule (San José – Puerto Viejo)||Schedule (Puerto Viejo – San José)|
Price: 5785 (San José – Puerto Viejo) colones (aprox: $ 9 USD | 7,00 Euros)
UPDATED OCTOBER 2018
San José bus info: (+506) 2257-81-29 | Puerto Viejo bus info: (+506) 2750-00-23