COSTA RICA, CARIBBEAN COAST
Costa Ricans will all agree that the Caribbean side of the country has a culture of its own. Coconut in every form is a main ingredient in local cuisine. Besides the dominant Spanish language, the dialect used by many is patois -a.k.a. Patuâ- a Creole English with a strong Caribbean twist. Reggae music is played all day, and all around, people's energy seems to be in sync with the rhythm of the peaceful waves gently kissing the golden shore. While most travelers tend to visit the Pacific side of Costa Rica for its larger array of lodging options, the South Caribbean of Costa Rica attracts people who search for a laid-back atmosphere and crowd-free beaches. There are no tall buildings erupting past the rainforest canopy; from the shore all you see is a long stretch of sand bordered by evergreen jungle on one side and clear water on the other, all topped with a brilliant blue sky.
Le Caméléon is set in Playa Cocles, a beautiful sandy beach just 3 km away from the delightful coastal town of Puerto Viejo.
Located in the province of Limón, on the shores of the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a beach lover's paradise.
Here amidst the exotic flora and fauna, lies a vibrant seaside town with gorgeous, isolated beaches, crystal-clear water, and some of the most amazing surfing opportunities. This lovely town lies 34 miles south-east of Limón and 10.2 miles south of Cahuita. With its relaxed atmosphere and its own unique blend of Latino, Afro-Caribbean and Bribri indigenous cultures, Puerto Viejo is a lovely place to have a unique and relaxing vacation. Puerto Viejo has a wide variety of small international and local bars and restaurants. With its gold sandy beaches, tropical vibe and many interesting attractions nearby, such as the Cahuita National Park, Talamanca Indian Reserve and Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, visiting Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a great opportunity to experience the charms of Costa Rica.
HOW TO GET HERE
Puerto Viejo is approximately 250 km from San José's Juan Santamaría International Airport. If you have decided to drive over on a rental car or taxi, the trip should take about four hours, or roughly five hours if you travel on public transportation. Here's a list of your options with the approximate schedules and prices. Please be aware that Le Caméléon has no control over these prices or schedules since they are set by completely independent companies.GPS Grid Reference: 9.643877, -82.728123
We are merely presenting information to you to help you in your planning. Please contact our concierge service if you would like us to arrange anything for you.
1. Car Rental.- Rental cars can be arranged impromptu at the airport or in advance through major car rental companies.
Prices can range between $40 and $95 U.S.D. a day, depending of course on factors such as the type of car, the length of the rental and the insurance you choose. Although the road to Puerto Viejo is paved and smooth, we recommend hiring a 4x4 for any secondary road adventures you might take while you're here.
2. Taxi.- A private taxi will probably cost around $230 U.S.D.
3. Shuttle service.- Several companies offer shuttle services between San José and Puerto Viejo at fixed times and prices.
They have the advantage of being faster than public transportation (no stops) and more comfortable with air conditioning and much fewer people.
Prices vary depending on the company, but can range between $20 and $40 U.S.D.
4. Public bus.- The bus to Puerto Viejo leaves from the MEPE Bus Terminal. From the airport it might be a $30 U.S.D. taxi to this terminal and then about $10 U.S.D. for the bus fare to Puerto Viejo. Buses depart at 7:00 am. 9:00 am. 12:00 pm and 3:30 pm.
Driving directions from San José to Le Caméléon: Take Highway 32 and follow it north towards Limón, through Braulio Carrillo National Park, Guápiles, Siquirres and Matina. Just before getting to downtown Limón you will see a sign on your right towards Cahuita and Puerto Viejo. Take that road to the right and follow it south all the way to Puerto Viejo, bordering the coastline. Once you've arrived in Puerto Viejo, all you have to do is continue south on the coastal road for 3 km towards Manzanillo. You will find the hotel on the right hands side, 150 m after the Football Soccer field of Cocles.