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Come visit us:
Playa Chiquita de Talamanca
Costa Rica, On the Caribbean Ocean
Five miles South of Pureto Viejo
Next door to Shawandha Lodge
Directions from San Jose
Route : From San Jose through Guapiles, Siquirres, Limon to Playa Chiquita
Driving to Puerto Viejo is really easy (except for road conditions at times). You will have to find the highway to Limon. It has easy access from downtown and once you are on that highway, it is almost impossible to get lost.
Please note that if you have not left San Jose by 2:00pm in afternoon, you will be driving part of the way at night. We do not recommend this for first time travelers in driving in Costa Rica. Roads do not have lines. Rain can be bad and there are potholes and people walking/cycling that you can not see very well.
You will first go through the mountains and will be very high up. It is likely that you will encounter fog (clouds) and rain. Please drive with your lights on. Half of the local drivers do not.
The road from there to Limon (approx 2 hrs) is practically straight with no hills. It is small towns and banana plantations. Please note there are many trucks as Limon is a port city and this is the truck route. Also note, you will see a sign or two for Puerto Viejo on the way to Limon. This is not the correct Puerto Viejo. You have to reach Limon and drive down coast. Also note on this stretch, there are many speed traps and local cops love foreigners as it can mean a free lunch.
When you hit Limon, just before you enter city centre you will see a sign (at the Colono Station) where you turn right to go to Puerto Viejo. From that sign you just follow the coast all the way down (approx 1 hour). The drive is beautiful but mind the pot holes.
After about 1 hour of driving, you will come to the little town of Hone Creek. At that point the main paved road continues on to the Panama border at Sixaola and a road heads about 5 km into Puerto Viejo (the last 2 kms of which are unpaved). Just before Puerto Viejo you will find Playa Negra. To get to the communities of Cocles. Playa Chiquita, Punta Uva and Manzanillo, drive through Puerto Viejo and continue following the beach road.
Playa Chiquita is about 5 miles south of Puerto Viejo. At this time there is no signs telling you are in Playa Chiquita. (they are coming) As you enter Playa Chiquita one of the first restaurants you will see is Miaflora, the next one is Jungle Love, Our wi-fi cafe of Resto-Bar: La Biela, Just down the road from there you will see Shawandha Lodge on the right hand side of the road. The stables are on the next road to your right with the stables on the right hand side of the road.
Have a safe and fun trip.