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Tales of a

Wayfarer: Best beach towns in Costa Rica and their hidden gems

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o matter how many times I travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua, I am always amazed at the diversity of nature and climate that can be found in such a small area. You can go from cold and rainy mystical cloud forest to hot and sunny beach in a few hours on any given day of the year. You can experience a dense jungle to near desert climate or a remote archipelago of islands to bustling First World international city – all in half a day by car! Qué loco diversidad! I recently did some traveling to several of our shuttle destinations shooting promotional videos in Bocas del Toro, Monteverde, Arenal, Tamarindo and San Juan del Sur. It reminded me just how lucky I am to be able to live and work in such a special place on this planet and that I get to call it home. No matter where your travels take you while you are in Central America, I hope you are as amazed and appreciative as I am by the wondrous beauty and diversity of this truly unique place. Happy travels,

Carlton Whitesides Director Follow us on Facebook to see our promotional video campaign for Caribe Shuttle destinations CaribeShuttle

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The Wayfarer is the first onboard magazine for a shuttle company in the region of Central America. With over eight years of experience in the shuttle service business, Caribe Shuttle is taking a step forward and presents this new magazine to all its customers, business partners and friends, as a valuable information media about their destinations and services.

Director Carlton Whitesides carlton@caribeshuttle.com Guest Writers Nena Belen Ocampo John Early Contributing Editor Ronny John Carroll Sales Executive Tanya Pedroza tanya@thewayfarermagazine.com Puerto Viejo +(506) 2750-0626 +(506) 7119-2954

Phone: +(506) 2235-7286/ 2241-2329 info@alteacomunicacion.com Project Manager Ronny Garro Ureña rgarro@alteacomunicacion.com Publisher Ma. Martha Mesén Cepeda mmesen@alteacomunicacion.com Design Coordinator Kristel Chacón Quesada kchacon@alteacomunicacion.com • Infographics Fernando San Martín fmartin@alteacomunicacion.com Pictures Cover photography: Manuel Pinto Joel Sharpe Alfredo Huerta Reyes www.shutterstock.com Print Unicornio All content The Wayfarer Magazine. No part of this publication may be reproduced without permission of the editors.


Contents Puerto Viejo

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Puerto Viejo:

Authentic Caribbean Vibrations Bocas del Toro

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Bocas del toro: Island Hopping Voyage

San Juan del Sur

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San juan del sur: A bona fide Surfer’s Paradise

Arenal

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Arenal:

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Monteverde

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San José

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Tamarindo

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Monteverde:

The Seductive Cloud Forest

San José: All Encompassing Destination

Tamarindo:

Indulge one’s desire for adventure Map & Schedule 11:00 am

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Our destinations: favorites

Puerto Viejo,

Authentic Caribbean Vibrations! In its origins it was known as Old Harbor, but later it was called Puerto Viejo, and is the favorite place for tourists visiting the province of Limón in Costa Rica, a coastal area that holds the best of AfroCaribbean culture.

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uerto Viejo is the cradle of surfing in Costa Rica. PV’s Playa Cocles hosted the Alas Latin Tour, an event that hosts the top professional surfers in Latin America. The enormous waves, found at Salsa Brava, have magnetized thousands of surfers who are constantly searching for their next greatest challenge.  Puerto Viejo is also a town filled with restaurants that have mastered the science of good eating. No tourist should leave without trying some of the traditional dishes on display daily. This coastal town

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pays respect to its roots by pumping Caribbean music through its streets. You can listen and “dancehall” too these reggae rhythms, and at night enjoy the calypso experience, a musical genre representative of this beautiful culture.  In this paradise you will also find Cahuita National Park, Playa Chiquita, Playa Negra Punta Uva, and Punta Mona in Manzanilllo, one of the largest wildlife reserves. The Kekoldi Indigenous Reserve captivates all visitors because its inhabitants tell stories of their ancestors, reminding travelers of the areas great history. 


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Puerto Viejo: Our Favorite Hotels

Cashew Hill Jungle Lodge and Om Retreat and Training Center

The sights and sounds experienced while making Cashew Hill your home, truly are beyond imagination. A tranquil, ocean view property, is located close to the heart of Puerto Viejo town but is far enough away to be nestled in a quiet, lush jungle landscape. Guests have the delectation of encountering the indigenous wild life, such as waking up in the morning to the peaceful orchestra of birds or the howl of the monkeys that share this astonishing habitat. Cashew Hill’s unique jungle location and it’s commitment to an organic experience are prevalent in the daily nurturing yoga classes, for all levels of yogi. The staff’s hospitality and willingness to help enhances your daily adventures. From the moment you arrive you are greeted with the feeling of ‘welcome to our

home’ and that kindness and eagerness to ensure an everlasting experience is the priority of The Cashew Hill family. • Private ocean and jungle view cottages with fully equipped kitchens and treetop balconies • Refreshing dipping pool • Organic gardens • Farm-to-table vegetarian cafe and juice bar • Spa and Bodywork Center • Fruit Trees • International retreat and training center • Daily yoga classes • Bike rentals • Wifi r hilllodge.co.c www.cashew 001 /2750-0256 +(506) 2750-0 e.co.cr cashewhillodg reservations@ gleLodge CashewHillJun nglelodge @cashewhillju

Casa verde

We are a friendly, family run hotel located in the heart of Puerto Viejo.  Our gardens are extensive and full of beautiful and exotic wild life and our pool is a wonderful, rainwater oasis surrounded by tropical plants and fruit trees.  We offer rooms with a/c and all have private bathrooms and balconies with hammocks looking out over the gardens.  

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Our amenities: +(506) 2750-0015 • swimming pool viejo@gmail.com • massage area casaverdepuerto • hot water dge.com www.casaverdelo • wifi CasaVerdeLodge • secure parking  • tour desk • bicycles for rent • free tea and coffee served all day


La Ruka Hostel A dream come true for two travelers like you. In 2011 a mermaid and a pirate fell in love in Puerto Viejo and started La Ruka. So, come and be a part of our little Caribbean family and let us show you around. Located just outside of downtown Puerto Viejo, where the jungle meets the beach road. Stop by and say hello. We look forward to welcoming you to Puerto Viejo.

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Good music and people Private Rooms Dorm rooms Big community kitchen Hot water showers WiFi Parking Pool Table (Free) Surf and snorkel gear

617 +(506) 2750-0 gmail.com larukahostel@ stel.com www.larukaho LaRukaHostel

Lotus Garden Strategically located 25 meters from the beach at Salsa Brava, this hotel combines the essence of the Caribean with some Asian flare, sat in a tropical garden setting. Come enjoy and relax in the middle of nature! Asian-themed, the rooms are comfortable and spacious, with king size beds, air conditioning and private bathrooms. In addition, some suites have a Jacuzzi spa bath and sofa lounges.

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• Complimentary coffee all day • Breakfast menu • Swimming pool • Wifi • Spa • Ornamental tropical flowers • Medicinal herbs and plants

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Puerto Viejo:

Our Favorite Restaurants

Stashu’s con Fusion

Considered as one of the best restaurants in Puerto Viejo. Stashu’s unique menu and environment serve as a refreshing choice for all visitors. Owners displays local art and talent in their lounge, creating a marvelous atmosphere to enjoy Stashu’s fine cuisine. Here, local and international flavors are always satisfying and are offered daily. Stashu’s has built a reputation as a provider of delicious food for their guests to enjoy while they get down to the live music vibe.

+(506) 2750-0530 Stashus-Con-Fusion

n, next 200 mts south of tow Brown, door to Soda Elena a. Puerto Viejo, Costa Ric

Bread & Chocolate Our favorite spot for breakfast has to be Bread and Chocolate! it’s a busy café found downtown. At peak breakfast hours you may have a short wait for a table, but it’s well worth it. Start off your day with a French press coffee and a fresh juice to go with breakfast. They also have a delicious sandwich menu for lunch, or a great option on a hot Caribbean day is the fresh gazpacho accompanied by a fresh squeezed lemonade with ginger. And we can’t talk about Bread and Chocolate without mentioning the CHOCOLATE!!! It’s hard to decide when considering dessert, as there are so many

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amazing options. Their locally grown cacao is made bean-to-bar in house and then turned into their delicious desserts. Whether you choose one of their chocolate cakes, their rich brownies, or their chocolate truffles, you can’t go wrong. Whether it’s to start off your morning, or to pass by in the afternoon for something sweet, we highly recommend this place! 723 +(506) 2750-0 oviejo bandcpuert erto Viejo de Pu Calle 215, Costa Rica Talamanca,


The Point Sports Bar

Puerto Viejo: Our Favorite Bars

● Beach Front Bar ● Craft Beer on Tap ● Angus Burgers ● Caribbean Food ● Daily Drink and Food Specials

Mention The Wayfarer Magazine and get a free shot of guaro. rica.com

www.thepointcosta +(506) 2756 8491

ThePointPV Viejo, Playa Negra, Puerto Limón, Costa Rica

Tasty Waves Cantina Located in beautiful Playa Cocles, Costa Rica, 1 Km South of Central Puerto Viejo, we are known for our GREAT Service, CRAFTED Cocktails, COOL Vibes and THE BEST Tacos in the Caribbean. We have prided ourselves on being your home away from home beach bar and restaurant since 2010. Join us for one of our theme nights or for a casual lunch with a killer view of the gorgeous Caribbean Sea

“All I need are some TASTY WAVES, a Cool Buzz and I’m fine.” Jeff Spicoli

• Thursday Night Trivia - 2x1 drinks and c30,000 in prizes. • Saturday Night Karaoke - $1 drinks @ 8pm. • Monday Night Movies - Free Popcorn for everyone! • Legendary TASTY TUESDAYS!!! 2x1 tacos and free drinks for ladies.

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Puerto Viejo:

Our Favorite Activities

Animal Rescue Centre, Chocolate Lady and Waterfall

3 in 1 Tour What could be better than a day watching baby monkeys, learning about chocolate, and hiking to a refreshing waterfall? First, you visit the rescue center, which offers shelter, treatment and rehabilitation to ill or wounded wild animals. Next, visit an indigenous family growing cacao trees on their land. They will demonstrate the process of cacao fruit becoming chocolate. Lastly, your tour guide will bring you to a waterfall with refreshing swimming

holes, which are about a ten-minute hike down stairs and through the jungle. While Gecko Trail Costa Rica serves as the Southern Caribbean travel experts, we also offer a wide variety of tours, activities, hotels, and transportation throughout the stunning and exciting Costa Rica.

+(506) 2756-8159 or +(506) 8483-3283

+1 415 230 0298

info@geckotrail.com www.geckotrail.com

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Pacuare Rafting Tour Exciting and fun, that’s why you have to live it! The Pacuare River is one of the best choices for your adventure treks in Costa Rica. There isn´t another tour in the country that can offer you a perfect blend of wilderness exposure and excitement, both in one day. Pacuare is world famous for its sheer beauty. A true river gorge, it is flanked by steep, green walls. Here you enjoy the feeling of total isolation from urban life and the realness of being connected with nature. You see waterfalls coming into the river from both sides as colorful, tropical birds fly right over your head. Amazing views of this virgin tropical rainforest area. It is not an overly challenging river, but it has a lot of rapids, that gives you an adventure filled with lots of fun. The 18 mile one day run includes a total of 52 828, 46-205-0 6 :1 e e fr ll office, to San José 2-6262 2 2 2 ) 6 (50 n center: phone:+ formatio in jo ie V Puerto 50-2020 oors.com +(506) 27 doresoutd ra lo p x .e www oors, a ores Outd Explorad acuare, costa ric p o ri g raftin

rapids. Few rivers in the world can offer you so many. Upon arrival to the river we will gear you up with a life jacket, a helmet and a paddle and then brief you with a full safety orientation talk. Finally, it is time to take off down the rapids! The first 4 miles consist of fun class II and class III rapids that will surely test your rafting skills and gain confidence in your team. We finish in Siquirres, at our own private Exploration Center, where you can take a shower, change and enjoy the gardens and terrace while having a beer or two and reflecting with your new friends about the great adventure you just shared.

We have daily departures from San Jose, Puerto Viejo and the Arenal Volcano, giving you the choice to start and finish at the place of your convenience.

PUNTA UVA KAYAK AND RAINFOREST HIKE This trip consists of three sections. After a safety briefing we will first embark in a magical sea kayaking journey paralleling a coast full of cliffs, caves, and the most amazing rainforest. Then we will paddle our way up river through a gorgeous rainforest where you can expect to spot monkeys, sloths, colorful birds, river turtles, bats and iguanas. Your professional guide will deliver a lot of interesting insights on this wonderful eco system. Back at the beach 28, 46-205-08 -6 :1 e e fr ll ffice, to San José o ) 2222-6262 06 (5 phone: + enter: rmation c fo in jo ie V Puerto 0-2020 +(506) 275 oors.com doresoutd ra lo p x .e www

we will take a nice break to relax, swim and enjoy some nicely presented fresh fruit and snacks before hiking to the great over view at Grape Point.

What to bring? swimming suit on, sunscreen, hut, long sleeve shirt/rash guard to cover your back, camera (ideally water proof), bottle of water, change of clothes, towel, comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent, binoculars, raincoat and a bit of cash. Includes: Transportation, service of professional guide, gear, all entrance fees, fruits, snacks and bottled water. Minimum: 2 people

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Best beach towns in Costa Rica

and their hidden gems Costa Rica or the land of “pura vida” as many people know it, is often raved about for its nature and subclimates. One can wake up to a beautiful Caribbean sunrise, go ziplining through the cloud forest, breath in the cool, crisp air of the capital city, and watch the sun go down on the Pacific side with cold a Imperial beer in hand all in one day.

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osta Rica or the land of “pura vida” as many people know it, is often raved about for its nature and subclimates. One can wake up to a beautiful Caribbean sunrise, go ziplining through the cloud forest, breathe in the cool, crisp air of the capital city, and watch the sun go down on the Pacific side with cold Imperial in hand all in one day. As much as I love the cool weather of the mountains, or the leafy, green jungle and all it’s beauty, the beach calls my name every time I land in Costa Rica. There is something special

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about the warm ocean breeze and sand under my feet. Traveling back and forth to Costa Rica for the past 5 years allowed me to check out many beach towns and experience what makes each and every one unique. Each town has its own personality and each town has something to offer. So, if you yourself are what they call a “beach bum” or just want to pick the right vacation spot for you, check out this list of the best 5 beach towns in Costa Rica and their hidden gems:


Puerto Viejo:

Set on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, Puerto Viejo or “Wolaba” as locals call it is a place where the jungle meets the beach. Palm trees line the beach and lead to white sand, and a crystal clear ocean. It is unlike any other beachside town I have ever visited. The nature here is amazing. One can see sloths, monkeys, and toucans daily as well spend a day visiting beaches from Playa Negra to Manzanillo all by beach cruiser.

Spanish is spoken as well as patois or a mix of Jamaican English. Costa Rican food such as rice and beans are given their own Caribbean flare here as they cook the rice and beans with coconut milk. It is so delicious! Attractions such as the Jaguar Rescue Center, Bri Bri chocolate house, Saturday farmer’s market, and waterfalls make this colorful beach town just more Photography by: Alfredo Huerta Reyes

One thing I love about Puerto Viejo is how it is still “untouched”. There are no franchises here. This rustic beach town relies on tourism to support the local businesses. The culture is very prevalent and celebrated being that most people on the Caribbean coast have Jamaican and/or indigenous indians ancestry.

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The colors are magnificent and this is a great time to meet others in town.

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Tamarindo:

Located on the Northwest Pacific side of Costa Rica, Tamarindo has magical waves, sunsets, and one of the best grocery stores in Costa Rica. As most of my time has been in Puerto Viejo, going to the Automercado in Tamarindo and seeing aisle after aisle of the best selections blew my mind. This is almost a mini Whole Foods and being from Austin, Texas, I take this seriously. There are also many different restaurants to choose from. So, if you are feeling like having a “date night�, this is the perfect town for that. Everything from steak to seafood to sushi. Tamarindo has quite an array of food. Tamarindo also has some pretty amazing surf spots for those who surf or would like to learn how. Playa Negra, Playa Grande, and Langosta are all beaches a short drive away and many of them have beautiful reef and lots of sea shells. What I love most about Tamarindo is the sunset hour. Everyone gets together at the beach to have a cocktail, beer, or fresh juice and watch the sunlight fade.

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Jaco is a popular destination in Costa Rica and only a 1.5 hour drive from the San Jose airport. This town has a variety of bars and restaurants to choose from and is a popular destination for weddings and bachelorette/bachelor parties. If you are looking to experience Costa Rican nightlife, this is the place. Although Jaco has a reputation for being a party town, it also has many other things to offer. Surfing is a huge sport here. There are many breaks all just a short drive away as well as tons of surf shops to take a lesson or get the essentials you need. Jaco also has many healthy food options to choose from as well as a movie theater, shopping centers, yoga studios, tours such as ATV, waterfall, deep sea fishing, and lots more.


Manuel Antonio:

Located on the Southern pacific coast of Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio is a great spot for eco travelers. This is just a 3 hour journey from San Jose and is famous for its national park and biodiversity plus hiking, waterfalls, and beautiful beaches. The town itself is small and the street is right in front of the beach full with bars, restaurants, souvenir shops, and if you are lucky you may get an afternoon visit from cappuchino monkeys. This is a great place for a relaxing vacation. Most rental houses/ hostels are located high enough that you can wake up to a gorgeous view of the ocean and see a stunning sunset.

Santa Teresa:

Although the trek to Santa Teresa consists of a 2 buses and a ferry ride, it is well worth it. It usually takes about 5 hours to get to Santa Teresa, but many people end up turning their 1 week

vacation in a 3 month stay. Santa Teresa is popular for its world class white sand beaches, trendy restaurants full with organic dishes, and horseback riding, fishing, and golden sunsets. This is also a hot spot for yoga and surf retreats and I recommend getting a rental house on the beach if possible. Each beach town is unique and each one has it’s own personality. Costa Rica is a magical country, so know that whichever beach town you choose to spend your vacation, you won’t go wrong. Enjoy! *Nena Ocampo is originally from Texas but considers Costa Rica home. Her Mexican heritage and love for Costa Rica helped her to create TuCamino Travel, a women’s only surf and yoga retreat in Central America. Her passions involve surfing, exploring nature, writing, and leading retreats. Pura Vida! www.tucaminotravel.com

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Our destinations: favorites

Bocas del Toro,

Island Hopping Voyage

Bocas del Toro is an unforgettable colonial paradise on the Caribbean coast of Panama. This fascinating archipelago is made up of nine islands which all together have mastered the art of making time stand still for its guests.

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By: The Wayfarer Magazine

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he relaxation and oneness with the ocean are at your disposal daily. The Bocas Toro’s unique landscape provides travelers with the opportunity to shuttle throughout the area in water taxis, allowing for convenient exploration from island to island. On land, bicycles are more prevalent than cars, helping to preserve the genuine purity of its beaches and jungle life. Many of the tours are guided by their natives who are true

experts in exposing adventurers to the most authentic and awe inspiring sights. The beauty and soulful spirit of Bocas Del Toro caught the eye of the Survivor series producers, who chose this wondrous natural location for filming in 2004. Bocas del Toro is a destination that must be experienced first hand as its offerings are life changing, transforming perspectives and satisfying appetites for relaxation and organic amusement. 

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Bocas del Toro: Our Favorite Hotels

Bambuda Lodge

‘As adventurers, we are constantly searching for destinations that are a ‘must see’ on our bucket list. Bambuda must be on your list. Bambuda Lodge is home to a massive ocean-view swimming pool and 150 foot waterslide from the bar to the ocean. Nestled in the rainforest overlooking a private bay, they’ve got hiking trails, kayaks, swim rafts, and a coral reef with free snorkel equipment provided. They offer dorms and private rooms to suit any budget. Declared the best hostel in Panama by Hostelworld, you can’t find a better location to see the best of Bocas all in one place, all surrounded by awesome people

and good vibes. A highlight of a stay at Bambuda is the nightly family style dinners, where all the guests are invited to eat together on huge banquet tables overlooking the ocean under the moon and stars. Bambuda also offers a variety of weekly excursions, whether it’s a night cruise on a yacht, or live music outings where all the guests explore the activities and nightlife together. If you love Bambuda Lodge in the jungle and by the sea in Bocas; check out Bambuda Castle in the volcanic mountains of Boquete in Central America’s only Castle/Hostel...’

2-4644 +(507) 696 buda.net www.bam lodge bambuda a_lodge @bambud

Palmar Beach Lodge

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The Hummingbird B&B Welcome to The Hummingbird. Escape to paradise and let us help you experience an unforgettable vacation. Offering personalized service from the moment you wake to the sounds of the jungle to the moment the waves lull you to sleep. The Hummingbird is a small, boutique, 6 room eco B&B situated on Bluff Beach, a stunning and unspoiled beach that stretches for 7KM. We are completely off grid, with our electricity being produced by advanced solar technology and water coming from rain catchment. The Bluff area is one of outstanding natural beauty. It is a perfect place

to relax as well for those who want to indulge their hobbies such as bird watching and photography. Bluff is also known as one of the most important Caribbean nesting beaches for marine turtles. Our restaurant and bar is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays), with the menu regularly changing to reflect the freshest ingredients at the time. Saturday offers an all day Argentinian BBQ and Sunday is to build your own burger day. Vegetarian options are always available.

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Mamallena Hostel Bar 34 +(507) 760-99 com ocas@gmail. Mamallenab ocas MamallenaB lon, orte Isla Co Avenida H N ro. Bocas del To

Hostel Mamallena Bocas is not just a hostel, it provides guests with quality accommodations. The owner has put his heart and soul into this beautiful place and truly understands what travelers are looking for: fun, adventure and the opportunity to meet awesome people. Mamallena’s bar signature deck is frequented daily because of its first place access to the Caribbean ocean. It has an epic view where you can enjoy the most beautiful sunsets, daily Happy-Hour, live music and bar atmosphere that you’ll love.

Every day Mamallena is committed to offering you the best possible vacationing experience while visiting Bocas del Toro. They offer private rooms and dorms, all of them with a/c and bathroom, free wifi, kitchen and breakfast included and the most important detail of all your happiness. Mamallena is your home away from home! It is also the most reliable source of information about Bocas and its surroundings, transportation and tours. Come and enjoy with us!

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Bocas del Toro: Our Favorite Hotels

Selina Hostel at Red Frog Beach People often describe experiences or places as ‘one of a kind’ however, this hostel and its surroundings are truly unique and like no other. An enchanted place, hidden between the rainforest and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, mangroves and white sand beaches come together to create an absolute gift from Mother Nature. Selina Red Frog is an authentic Caribbean experience. The structure is woven in the fabric of a natural reserve. They have a fully equipped workspace that provides guests with a quiet space to connect with the rest of the world while listening to the soothing sounds of the ocean and jungle. Enjoy local cuisine or a refreshing drink or ten after a day of vacationing. Having a blast is exhausting!

Red Frog Beach is located on beautiful Isla Bastimentos, 10 minutes by boat from the village of Bocas. Its crystal clear waters offer swimming, snorkeling, fishing, dolphin watching, and surfing. The adjacent jungle, full of exotic wildlife can be explored on foot and from the top of the trees on breathtaking canopy tours. The accommodating Selina team members will be happy to assist you in planning for the adventure that best suits your taste.

+(507) 202-7965 reservations@selina.com www.selina.com selinahostelspanama

Bocas del Toro:

Our Favorite Restaurants

Bocas Blended

Bocas Blended is a popular choice for delicious food and savory smoothies. This funky joint is what ‘fast food’ should be, quick to the table delivery of satisfying chow. Blended’s wraps and smoothies are now critically acclaimed by countless travelers, including our favorites, the Thai Rice

Noodle Wrap and the Hangover Elixir smoothie. Breakfast populars include the palatable Breakfast Sandwich or the Crispy French Toast Sticks. Bocas Blended also offers an everyday ‘Wrappy Hour’ from 4-5pm when customers can feast on any two wraps for just 10 bucks. Sit on BB’s back deck and enjoy your meal while taking in the picturesque view of the bay. ‘

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El Último Refugio After ten years of operation El Ultimo Refugio remains one of the most popular restaurants in Bocas del Toro. We are located on the South side of town over the ocean where diners can enjoy open air seating with tropical breezes and sweeping sunset views. The food is Caribbean inspired international cuisine with locally outsourced ingredients. Our seafood comes from both the Pacific and

Caribbean side and we change our menu based on the freshest ingredients we can find. Many nights we have live music with a variety of musicians from all over the world. A relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff make a wonderful tropical dining experience.

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OM Cafe & Bar In December 2001, a young East Indian woman who grew up in Toronto, Canada came to Bocas del Toro with a dream. In September 2002, Sunanda’s dream was brought to life when she opened up OM Cafe & Bar in a little street side location with the help of her mom, who, armed with her culinary expertise and family recipes, worked tirelessly to create a diverse and delicious menu. Everything at OM Cafe & Bar is made from scratch the “old fashioned” way, from the masalas, to the paneer and even homemade yogurt. If you’re not in the mood for just Indian they also have an international menu which includes dishes such as their famous Pad Thai, Red Coconut Curry and 5

Spice Fish, to name a few. OM Cafe & Bar has come a long way in its 14 years of operation. In its newest location, you can enjoy the same excellent cuisine and funky atmosphere over the water with a beautiful sunset and ocean view. Come for happy hour and enjoy great drink specials like their famous house cocktail the MARACUYA MARAVILLA! Hours of operation. Monday to Friday Happy Hour 4:00pm-6:30pm Dinner 5:00-10:00 pm

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Bocas del Toro:

Our Favorite Restaurants

Bibis on the beach

OVER THE WATER RESTAURANT AND BAR! Located At the Bucaneer Resort, Carenero Island. Just five minutes by boat from Isla Colon.

accompanied by a fine selection of delicious cocktails and a spectacular view make this beautiful place an experience that must be repeated.

Happy Hour from 4-7pm.

Come and enjoy caribbean flavors!

The wide variety of Caribbean dishes, prepared with natural ingredients,

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The Bookstore Bar Loco Dave’s AKA The Bookstore Bar “Central America’s Most Volatile Bookstore” invites you to experience cheap drinks, ping pong, Super Nintendo, N64, giant Jenga blocks and the highest quality live entertainment you will see in Bocas del Toro. Books are for sale and trade and they also provide the background for a night of adult beverage enjoyment. The Bookstore has been making alcohol affordable since 2010 with $1.50 beers, $2 shots and $3 mixed drinks. Stay tuned for weekly concerts, live comedy acts and more. The Bookstore of course is the Home of Live Entertainment and Dead Celebrity

Appearances where such deceased famous singers as Michael Jackson, Bon Scott and the King of Rock and Roll (pictured above),Justin Bieber, have performed. Open 6pm to 2am everyday. Located on 2nd Street and Avenue E, near the main park and government building.

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Bocas Bookstore/ Bar aka Loco Dave’s


Toro Loco Sports and wings and burgers and beers are always a winning combination. NFL, NCAA, NBA, MLB, NHL, Champion’s League, World Cup, Euro Cup, Golf, Tennis, Olympics, YOU NAME IT- if your team is playing, Toro Loco can most likely put your game on one of their 5 TV screens; just as long as it’s being aired between 11am to midnight.

salads, daily specials, locally made craft beers on draft and their bustling happy hour (everyday 11am to 6pm). Darts, ring toss and Twister are also available to play. Centrally located right in between the park and 1st street, you can’t miss Toro Loco while hanging out in Bocas Town. Just look for the crazy bull out front!

Toro Loco is Bocas’ only sports bar and is also known for their burgers, wings,

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Bocas del Toro:

Our Favorite Activities La Buga is without a doubt the top choice for diving and surfing in the area. La Buga Dive and Surf has taken the satisfaction of their guests to another level this season. Already gaining a reputation as the number one destination in Bocas Del Toro for divers to travel, ownership continues to improve this PADI 5 Star Dive Center. Multiple dive trips run throughout the day including the ‘must to do’ bioluminescense night dive. Whether you are a diver, surfer or

simply stop into the newly renovated La Buguita Ocean Lounge. The La Buga team appreciates their customers and offers their divers a 10% discount on their restaurant, free kayak use and a 50% discount on  SUP rentals. See you soon at La Buga Dive and Surf!

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Red Frog Beach Canopy Tour You will ascend to the top of an island’s tropical forest. The zipline is for both nature lovers and those looking for the thrill of soaring through the air. The most popular tour in Bocas! The tour consists of 7 Ziplines - 150 Feet High The well-trained, safety conscious zipline guides will make sure you have a great time. Visit the Red Frog Bocas Town for more information.

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They have 3 tours a day:10am - 1pm-3:30pm


Nobody goes to the enchanted islands of Bocas del Toro without experiencing them from the water. So let yourself be seduced by the mystical archipelago aboard a fully equipped 42’ Catamaran, with large shaded areas, fresh water rinse off, a high quality webbed net, 3 sails, 2 bathrooms and 5 star rated on TripAdvisor.

Book your day trip: jagerknights@ gmail.com, 6664-8202, at Toro Loco Sports Bar or at their dock and office located in front of the Palma Royale Hotel.

An unforgettable day of sailing is yours for only $49 which includes a delicious lunch and snorkeling gear. Cruise the islands in style, leaving at 10am and returning at 4:30 while visiting any of these Bocas “must-sees” like Dolphin Bay, Starfish Beach and the Solarte Coral Gardens. Private charters to the famous Zapatilla National Marine Park and other destinations are available if the weather permits it.

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Tales of a Wayfarer

One Hilarious perspective A travelers guide to Central America

What constitutes regular life for the locals between Mexico and Panama does not always come across as normal to visiting tourists and expats. Sometimes you have to read between the cultural lines to realize that the oddity you are experiencing might not be so strange to those living there. If you find yourself immersed in the culture of Latin American life, don’t forget to embrace the many ridiculous and trivial ‘problems’ you might encounter.

*By John Early

Never really knowing if you’re buying limes or oranges. The oranges are on the left and the limes are on the right—and yes, they might taste the same.

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Having to stop in the middle of the highway for Banana Crossing. Roadtrips in Panama can be bananas, especially when you have to stop for hundreds of them to cross the highway. (Photo: Amy Eyben)

Never setting an alarm clock because the roosters or howler monkey will already have you awake by 5am. Howler monkeys sound utterly terrifying and 10x their size. Imagine the sounds of a hyena battling a T-Rex inside a blender on high speed. That's your new wake up call in paradise. (Photo: Peter Schoen)

Instead of paving the streets, the city saves money by dousing the gravel roads in molasses. The molasses truck sprays the back roads in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. It smells nice but you'll quickly lose your sandals.

Erupting volcano’s becomes a regular weather forecast. Volcanic ash from Volcan de Fuego after it blankets Antigua in Guatemala. There are even some bars in town that have daily drink specials for when the volcano is erupting. Bugs are simply bigger and more badass in Central America. Spiders, moths, cockroaches—or even this crazy ninja warrior looking grasshopper in Puerto Viejo—all prove that nothing makes insects like the jungle.

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Tales of a Wayfarer Eating gallo pinto (rice and beans) for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A typical Nicaraguan desayuno (breakfast) always complete with gallo pinto. You learn to love the Central American staple, even when you eat it with every local meal.

Local shopkeepers prefer not sell you anything because they don’t have change and don’t want to break your bills. The Costa Rican currency:colones. It's clearly the coolest currency in the world. Who needs a dead politician on a bill when you can have a shark, sloth or monkey! (...or is that the same thing?)

Taxis will honk when they're: available, occupied, turning a corner, slamming on the brakes, saying hello to a friend, mad at another driver, see a pretty chica, playing to the music or simply sitting idle in traffic. A taxi cab in Panama City. The birthplace of the incessant car honking. (Photo: Christopher Powers) Seeing intestine, tongue or brain on your dinner menu. A street grill in Sayulita, Mexico. Maybe it was better to not know what was in those tacos...

Whether it’s Island Time, Tico Tiempo or things are running on the Caribbean Clock…you never really know how long anything will take in Central America. Apparently knowing the time in the Bus Terminal in San Jose, Costa Rica isn't that important anyway.

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Being woken up from your daily siesta because the local fruit and vegetable guy drives by shouting Spanish gibberish of the produce he’s selling into a homemade loudspeaker strapped to the top of his truck. Every veggie and food truck announcer in Central America has their own ridiculous way to announce their presence and produce. In San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, it sounds like a monotoned Spanish alien from Mars Attacks speaking one long word of fruit and veggies: "naranja-piña-zanahoria-aguacate-cebollatomate-melon-maracuya..." ~The morning daily commutes can get pretty long and intense~ Of course the long rides might be the exact reason why you moved to the pacific of Central America to begin with (Johns Surf GOPRO at Playa Maderas, Nicaragua).

Getting reverse culture shock by going back home and freaking out that you can flush toilet paper. The toilet rules in Tranquilo Bar in Nicaragua's Corn Islands. (Photo: Josh Fink).

It’s often the little differences that are the most amusing and make the biggest impact in proving you are no longer in your home country. Whether they are seen as laughable grievances, minor acculturation or  First World problems in Third World countries, the contrasts you come across should always remind you to not take traveling for granted. And who really needs to know whether they are making orange juice or lemonade in Central America anyway?

John Early is an author, musician and tour manager. He has just released his first book ‘Tales of the Modern Nomad – Monks, Mushrooms & Other Misadventures’. It colorfully captures a decade of global backpacking with a wild fusion of stories, photos, sketches and quotes with travel insight you’d never get in your guide book. For more info or to order your copy visit www.modernnomad. ca or follow on Instagram @johntearly

¡Pura vida!

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Our destinations: favorites

San juan del sur

A Bona Fide Surfers Paradise 16 beaches bathed by the waters of the Pacific surroun d this mythical Nicara guan destination that cap tivates thousands of tourists eager to enjoy the surf, fun and natural richness that make San Juan del S ur  such a charming tow n by the Bay. 

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his location provides surfers and travelers alike with epic beaches, all of which are accessible to visiting tourists. The world’s surfing community has fallen in love with the signature beaches: Playa Maderas, Playa Hermosa, Los Perros and Popoyo. This Bay Area and its connected waterways are ideal not only for surfing but fishing, sailing and yachting as well.

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San Juan del Sur: Our Favorite Hotels

Casa Andalucia Boutique B & B

For seekers of the ultimate immersion experience into the serene, yet sensory world of Nicaragua, Casa Andalucía offers a rare experience of San Juan del Sur’s magnificent landscape without being buried in the bustle of the city. With only a 10-minute walk to town and its amenities, you’ll enjoy peace of mind with Andalucia’s gated property and 24-hour security when you go out to play. Blending seamlessly with the natural surroundings and flowing beautifully from the hill, every perspective of the cottage showcases a stunning panorama of San Juan del Sur Bay.

Your stay also includes: • Free locally-sourced breakfasts • Free wifi in common areas • Free filtered water • Infinity pool • Spacious common area and communal kitchen • Eco-friendly: solar-powered hot showers, solar lighting, composting, recycling, and eco building • Concierge service via transport, daily tours and in-house massages Bask in every moment of your time along Nicaragua’s beautiful Pacific coastline at Casa Andalucia Boutique B&B.

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Nuestra Casa Boutique B&B A refreshing stay in San Juan del Sur awaits just one block from downtown and the beach. Nuestra Casa Boutique B&B is close to all the action of town yet feels separate enough to escape the stir of the city. Soak up some of the best sunset views in San Juan del Sur from the private lookout outfitted with hammock chairs. Meet fellow travelers in the spacious common area and communal kitchen. Your stay also includes:

• Free locally sourced breakfasts • Free wifi in all the rooms • Free filtered water • A/C in all rooms • Pool

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Nuestra Casa is also an eco-friendly home with solar-powered hot showers, solar lighting, composting, recycling and herb garden. Concierge service is available with transport, daily tours and in-house massages arranged on demand. Whether you are in San Juan to surf, party or enjoy the local landscape, let Nuestra Casa Boutique B&B provide a relaxing refuge during your stay. 66-4202

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Pachamama Hostel Come stay at San Juan’s first party hostel. We have over 60 beds and offer a big array of activities, from surf lessons to turtle tours. Pachamama is also the home of the infamous Sunday Funday Pool Crawl, and all of our guest receive half priced tickets for the event. Message us on Facebook to book your bed today and join the Pachamama Family.

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• Free Breakfast • Free wifi  • Lockers • Half priced Sunday Funday Tickets • Weekly Theme parties   • Beer Pong Tournaments • Daily transport throughout Nicaragua  • Daily Beach Shuttles  • Surf Lessons  • Boat Trips  • Bar open all week

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Naked Tiger Hostel Naked Tiger Hostel is one of the most popular party hostels in San Juan. We offer 5-star views at a backpacker price. Our unique spanish-style villa is 2km outside of town where it’s easy to meet other travelers, relax by the pool or go on a surf/beach day. We offer free shuttles to town from 8 am until 1am (drop off/pick up in front of taco stop in downtown).

NTH is the BBQ and sunset location of Sunday Funday Pool Crawl and guests get 1/2 price tickets! We have sunset happy hour everyday and all day happy hours on Fridays. Delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner available daily and sunset Nica BBQs every Saturday!

Come get amongst it!

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San Juan del Sur: Our Favorite Hotels

Casa Oro Restaurant and Lounge Located in the heart of San Juan del Sur— only two blocks from the beach—is your one-stop shop for accommodation, surf transport and fusion cuisine served with the best of vibes. The newly renovated Casa Oro Eco Hostel is now filled with colorful art and murals. It’s also the first eco-friendly restaurant and lounge in town. Initiatives like solar-powered lighting, recycling, composting and vertical gardens are a welcome sight in Nicaragua. Always putting their customers first, Casa Oro has not only updated the entire hotel quality hostel but they have also added a café for their guests. Surfers no longer have to leave the building for surf boards as they can rent from Oro’s on site surf shop. Their daily schedule will also keep you engaged and meeting fellow travelers.

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Yoga classes (by donation) Live music and jam sessions Movie nights Art and cultural events Amazing cocktails, craft beers and fine wines • Staff service with a smile Casa Oro has also maintained their reputation as being the best shuttle service in San Juan. All beaches, surf spots and tour transports can be arranged at reception. Neither a loud party hostel or a stuffy high-end hotel, Casa Oro invites you to feel at home as you make the most of your travels. Do not be at all surprised when your experience at Casa Oro leads to you extending your stay longer than intended. Salud, amigos!


San Juan del Sur:

Our Favorite Restaurants

El Gato Negro 2.0 Amidst the constant flux of a traveler´s life there is a need to be grounded in a comfortable space with an excellent cup of coffee. Welcome to El Gato Negro. Located in the heart of San Juan del Sur, you can always count on the town´s eminent bookstore cafe as your refuge for a reset. Open 7am to 3pm, El Gato Negro offers a healthy organic menu with

superfood smoothies and vegetarian options to compliment their coffee roasted on-site. Besides the 5000 titles of new and used books there is also a collection of essential oils, tarot cards, incense and prayer flags for sale. Open to locals and travelers alike, make sure to include El Gato Negro as part of your dulce vida in Nicaragua.

+(505) 8809-1108 ElGatoNegroNicaragua elgatonegrosjds

Barrio Café Barrio Café Boutique hotel is located in the heart of San Juan del Sur, provides the most convenient access to all activities in the area. Barrio Café has a strong reputation as one of the best restaurants in town that consistently delivers delicious food. Their gourmet menu is a reliable choice for locals as well as for travelers, and employs only local, hardworking and friendly staff. The newly renovated hotel connected to this great café is a top choice for accommodations in San Juan, modern design, optimizing comfort and cleanliness. Rooms are fully equipped with

2 Queen Beds, Plasma TV’s, A/C, fans, hot water and safe box. All guests have access to their beautiful balcony overlooking the town and the sea.

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Our Favorite Activities

San Juan del Sur Surf and Sport

Sunset Booze Cruise

Take an exhilarating cruise along the beautiful Pacific coastline adjacent to majestic San Juan del Sur. Enjoy the trips all you can drink menu which includes many national beer choices as well as local rums. This great deal lasts for the entire 2-hour tour!

Sport Fishing ­Trips

Trips include the use of Gabriela IV, Gabriela V, and Pangas. All boat options provide customers with great comfort. These astonishing vessels ensure that all fishing enthusiasts have the ultimate experience in sport fishing while they search for many different species of fish such as mackerel, jack, white tunas,

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and snapper. If you’re in search of sailfish, marlin, and Dorado you’ll head out 20-30 miles on an allday charter with calm winds.

Costa Blanca Boat Trip

Larger groups or families are guaranteed to be satisfied on this excursion as it is tailored for larger numbers. You will have a relaxing and adventurous charter during your visit aboard the boat in San Juan del Sur. Costa Blanca is a pristine protected cove 10 kms north of SJDS and a great place to snorkel, swim or just relax. On this 5 hour trip you will see the beautiful southern Nicaragua coastline, frequently receiving the gift of watching the dolphins swimming along side your craft. ‘


If you love to party, then you can’t miss the infamous Sunday Funday Pool Crawl in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua. Every Sunday, hundreds of backpackers from all over the world come together in the name of partying and a good time to make Central America’s biggest weekly pool party. The party moves around town to different locations with amazing pools, well-stocked bars, and different international and local Djs. Tickets are sold at Hostel Pachamama on Sunday starting at 9:30 am. Guests staying at Naked Tiger Hostel or Pachamama Hostel receive half priced tickets for the event. Transportation in between each location is included in the price of the ticket, as well as the famous Sunday Funday Pool Crawl tank top, and a free shot at every bar! This is a must-do event, with guaranteed fun!! We can’t wait to see you next weekend.

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Central Americas Biggest Pool Party Top international and local Djs Free Tank top 3 pools, 4 bars Free shots at every bar Free transport to all locations Party all day and night Over 400 International travelers every weekend

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Our destinations: favorites

Arenal:

An Eruptive enchanting experience! Surrounded by lush vegetation and colossal images of surrounding volcanoes, Arenal is a ‘must see’ destination in the world of adventure tourism.

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rom its impressive volcanoes to its Mother Nature made hot springs, this location is filled with experiences that are limited to Arenal exclusively. With 16 gracefully maintained conservation areas, adventures seeking a unique natural beauty previously unseen will have their desire fulfilled. The mythical Arenal Volcano is one of the protagonists of the Arenal Volcano National Park, located in La Fortuna de San Carlos. This gargantuan gift of nature is more than 700 years old and just recently became inactive. There is also the world famous Chato Volcano also known as “Cerro Chato Lagoon” with more than 3,500 years of inactivity.

• Arenal is full of viewing pleasures

such as Lake Arenal, an artificial reservoir in which an entire village is submerged, and was created to generate hydroelectric power. The experience of sailing this lake is extraordinary, because it is the largest in Costa Rica.

• Additional adventure: zip lining, rafting and the waterfall of La Fortuna, which has a drop of 75 meters are some of the options to choose from, for the adrenaline junkies 

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Arenal: Our Favorite Hotels

Arenal:

Our Favorite Restaurants

The Orchids Coffee and Te Shop

The Orchid accommodates the most impassioned of coffee and tea enthusiasts. The delicious aromas and flavors are not isolated to their café menu, however. This eatery has established a reputation of delivering savory dishes to their guests. Owners feel strongly ‘we are what we eat’ and emphasize the importance of caring for each and every dish that leaves the kitchen.

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Providing customers with a wide range of options is a mainstay for the Orchid. From breakfast to dinner, healthy options or delectable desserts, these ‘love infused’ foods will satisfy your palate.’

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Adventure Connection Adventure Connection Transfer with Tour! Save Money and Save Precious Vacation Time! Go rafting on the way and link your two favorite destinations together with our innovative Adventure Connections! Let the journey be your adventure and go rafting on the way from the Arenal Volcano to San Jose or to the beautiful Caribbean side to Puerto Viejo and Cahuita. The Arenal Volcano area is considered the Epicenter of Adventure of Costa Rica and has more adventure opportunities than anywhere in the world! Take

Our Favorite Activities

advantage of your limited vacation time and enjoy an exciting adventure while you travel from one place to the next as you explore Costa Rica. When you do an Adventure Connection you can start out in Arenal and as you travel to the Caribbean Coast, we will take you rafting on the exuberant Sarapiqui River. Our rafting trips are perfect for first-timers and those looking for an amazing adventure. We include plenty of heart-thumping rapids, a delicious lunch and fun rafting guides who truly love their jobs! Count on Caribe Shuttle and Desafio Adventure Connections for the ride of your life!

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Gravity Falls Waterfall Jumping Costa Rica’s Most EXTREME Tour! When you come to La Fortuna at the bottom of the Arenal Volcano, you’re bound to find fellow travelers raving about Gravity Falls. “Wow, that was the best adventure I’ve EVER done!”

And be treated to a delicious homestyle “Warrior’s Feast” of natural food for lunch. All tickets, gear, guides who love their jobs, and lunch included.

Or others saying “Gravity Falls changed my life! I never thought I’d be able to do something that extreme!” Don’t miss out on doing Costa Rica’s most extreme tour! You’ll rappel down impressive tropical waterfalls in the midst of deep rainforest in an exclusive, isolated canyon.You’ll challenge your inner-child as you plunge into fresh, crystalline pools, go rock climbing, swing like Tarzan and find yourself pushing your limits in Mother Nature’s most incredible playground.

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Arenal:

Our Favorite Activities

Go Adventure Arenal Park ‘There may be no better way to experience the incomparable beauty of Costa Rica than taking a Go Adventure Park tour. If you are a traveler constantly looking for adventures, your bucket list must include a journey to Arenal Volcano and its one of a kind Adventure Park. Go Adventure offers options for those travelers seeking a low key nature tour as well as choices for the adrenaline junkies of the world. Well established as a ‘must visit’ destination for adventurers passing through Costa Rica. The Go Adventure Park offers Zip Line Tours combined with rappelling, horse back ridding to Arenal Volcano or to Arenal River, Tubing and many hiking tour options such as mistico Hanging Bridges, Río Celeste, and much more.   Providing memories for life while respecting Mother Nature is a focal point of Go Adventure park and its employees. 5 star reviews from past guests/adventurers support the parks insistence that visitors are given every opportunity to have a dream experience and in doing so are always safe.

Compliment the breathtaking tours with: • Enjoy Maleku Experience • Relax at our volcanic pools • Travel on a Jungle Limo into the rainforest

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We take you to some of the most SPECTACULAR ADVENTURES and you’ll be part of an unforgettable experience . Panama is a concentrated of sun, wildlife, nature, biodiversity, mountains, ocean, beaches, culture and History… And we know it all! GET READY for breathtaking moments!

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Our destinations: favorites

Monteverde: The Seductive Cloud Forest!

Considered to be one of the wonders of Costa Rica, Monteverde and all that it encompasses tells an epic tale of nature in its most beautiful form combined with guided adventuring throughout this wondrous cloud forest.Â

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urrounded by an magical and majestic forest, gigantic trees and the wildlife that share this habitat makeup 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity. 

Whether enjoying the City of Clouds on a zip line, sliding on a canopy, walking through its various hanging bridges, or guided on a hike your soul will be enriched like the many who have visited before you.

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To enjoy these miraculous sights enter the forest and climb the hanging bridges, exceeding 60 meters in height. These bridges are found throughout Monteverde and Santa Elena allowing for the most fascinating of vantage points, helping to capture the moments to be remembered forever.

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Monteverde:

Monteverde Beer House

Our Favorite Restaurants

Whether you are a beer connoisseur or simply crave some mouth watering homemade dishes, Monteverde Beer House is the place for you. Your experience always begins with a smile from its welcoming staff. The Brew House lives up to its name by providing its customers with a variety of the finest craft beers. MBH is not only passionate about their craft beer, but also they take great pride in their food menu as well. Their signature beers and the delightful flavors are matched by their delectable appetizers, entrees and desserts. Start your meal with their signature appetizer, hummus.

Choose from mouth watering Mediterranean options that can only be found at Monteverde Beer House. Vegetarian dishes can always be found on their menu along with desserts made from scratch. Accompany any choice with one of the now famous milk shakes from the shake menu. Those that frequent MBH will tell you that it is a place where you stop in for a quick beer at lunch and can end up staying until after dinner.  Those of you that have already had the pleasure of dining and drinking at The Monteverde Beer House will love the different style of food and craft choices at their new location ‘Open Kitchen and Tap House’, centrally located in Santa Elena.

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The Orchids Coffee and Te Shop While enjoying the adventures and fascinating sights of Santa Elena, Monteverde, travelers must stop into the lovely Orchid Coffee Shop. Their menu is rich with fresh, organic choices and consistently mouth watering dishes. We LOVE The Orchid because they successfully achieve what few places can: They create many food options that are filled with healthy ingredients but taste as though you are indulging in sinful delights.

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Monteverde:

Our Favorite Activities

Guided Walk

Monteverde is famous for its lush cloud forests and myriad of birds and other wild creatures that inhabit the impressive green mountain area just South of the Arenal Volcano. The best way to experience Monteverde is to immerse yourself in the Cloud Forest and explore the various trails provided by the Cloud Forest Reserves in the area. Some of the most-expert Costa Rica nature guides reside in Monteverde and they are passionate about the wildlife found in this unique eco-system.

You will be guided along well-maintained paths that wind through deep forests and only skilled eyes will be able to point out what’s hiding up in the trees. When you finish up, have a look at the Hummingbird Gallery for the buzzing around of the irradescent little busy birds and snap your last photos of this magical location. You will then be returned to your hotel or you can be dropped off in the center of Santa Elena to check out the delicious restaurants, coffee shops and souvenir stores.

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Monteverde Adventure Connections to Guanacaste and Manuel Antonio

Looking for a way to save money and save precious vacation time? Take an Adventure Connection when you leave Monteverde and do an exciting tour on the way. Our Adventure Connections are easy to use and a great way to travel. Are you heading to Guanacaste to one of the golden beaches of Tamarindo, Samara, Nosara, Mal Pais and Montezuma? Take an Adventure Connection and go rafting on the way! Going to Manuel Antonio when you leave Monteverde? Take an Adventure Connection and go hiking in the Carara National Park or do a Crocodile Boat tour on the way!

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There are so many things to see and do in Costa Rica and Monteverde Adventure Company, Desafio Adventure Company and our other adventure partners are your go-to companies for adventures and transfers for anywhere in Costa Rica. We offer a large variety of transfers with Tour Adventure Connection options throughout the entire country and great connections with Caribe Shuttle. Check out all of our innovative transfer options.

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San José

All Encompassing Destination! Originally named Boca del Monte and Villanueva, in the year 1823, Costa Rica’s capital was officially changed to San José. Located in the center of the country, the largest city in the territory combines the best of both worlds. Within close proximity to each other, exciting city life neighbours Costa Rica’s signature mountainous pulchritude.

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istorical buildings and colonial roots are preserved and continue to pay homage to the passionate culture woven in this great city. Whether you are a History buff or a traveler seeking a welcoming, heart felt vibe, you can’t allow a trip to this city to elude you. The people of Costa Rica have built a reputation as being gracious hosts. This capital is a great attraction for lovers of excitement fuelled by its nightlife as well as countless options for the knowledgeable geek who longs for his next museum. Two of them are located nearby, such as the old penitentiary and the Bellavista Fort. 1600 pieces of pre-Columbian gold are exhibited on the underground floor of the Plaza de la Cultura, while the Jade Museum displays approximately 7,000

pieces of art, making it one of the best prehispanic art exhibitions in the world. San José is the scene of the country’s largest activity: the Festival of Light, a night parade of floats and musical bands that welcome the Christmas season. There are also monthly festivals filled with the beloved Latin flare. For example, art and culture invade downtown streets during the International Festival of Arts and Transitarte, two festivals full of art, dancing, concerts and cultural activities that bring together thousands of visitors who discover that San José is a must see destination.   Pura Vida!

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San José: Our Favorites Hotels

TripOn 2 For travelers, rest and nourishment are often overlooked. This is something that the lovely people at TripOn 2 surely understand. Upon waking up at TripOn 2, your glorious day begins with their famous big buffet breakfast which includes many different cereal choices, fresh tropical fruits, old faithful peanut butter & jam, eggs any style, fluffy pancakes, and many other seasonal options such as avocados. What a great way to fuel up your body for the day’s adventure! You will not want to leave the hostel once you have lived the pool side and jacuzzi experience. This beautiful hostel also provides its guests with a picturesque garden located next to a river which serves as a perfect setting to enjoy your book of choice. This area is equipped with TripOn2’s signature supersized hammock. The newly opened restaurant and bar offers all day refreshments and mouth watering food for guests recovering from their breakfast buffet food coma. The hostel includes free WiFi in all areas, 24 hour reception and a friendly bilingual staff waiting to assist you. Time to get your TripOn!

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HOTEL PRESIDENTE Begin your day in the Costa Rican capital with an outstanding hot breakfast buffet – included in the room rate. Stay connected at all times with free Wi-Fi access, or squeeze in a workout in their fitness room. Pedal off on one of their complimentary bicycles and explore the city at your own pace. And be sure to spend time on their green roof – a venue unlike anything in the city, with native greenery and unparalleled views. For an authentically local experience, reserve your stay at Hotel Presidente.

Imagine experiencing San Jose, Costa Rica like a local: strolling the downtown avenues, relaxing in the parks and feeling the vigorous energy and buzz provided by the edgy new boutiques, bars and restaurants opening just about every day. At Hotel Presidente, this dream becomes a reality. This full-service hotel offers an incomparable location in the center of it all, literally seconds away from the city’s most legendary landmarks, as well as a flourishing cultural vibe – all for incredible value, with no-risk booking and no cancellation fees. Designed to honor the building’s original structure while also lending a touch of industrial modernism, Hotel Presidente’s lobby greets you with an invitingly warm brick and polished teak décor; its staff is just as welcoming, reflecting the traditional, family-owned graciousness of which Hotel Presidente is rightly proud. Their rooms are among the most spacious hotel accommodation in downtown San José, ideal for business trips, weekend getaways and family holidays.

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San José: Our Favorites Bars

ChuBBs Sport Bar Restaurant Imagine watching the Superbowl or a UFC fight in a warm inviting place designed to enjoy and feel the adrenaline to the maximum level.

Since it was opened in October 2009, it has been a real success to the point that today they have several ChuBBs in various cities of the country.

ChuBBs San Jose Morazan, is a centrally located Sports Bar in downtown San Jose offering first class service.

At ChuBBs the attention is personalized, so your visit will be a pleasant and unique experience, which will leave you with the desire to come back again soon.

Ranked as one of the Best Sports Bar in the area, in this place you will not only have fun, you can also enjoy great dishes and try the best wings with their variety of sauces.

All four locations are open Monday to Sunday, from 11am to 2am. www.barchubbs.com

ChuBBs San José Morazán 2222-0835

ChuBBs Sabana 2296-5584

ChuBBs Escazú 2289-2135

ChuBBs Santa Ana 2203-0475

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Our destinations: favorites

Tamarindo:

Indulge one’s desire for adventure Tamarindo’s first inhabitants were Aboriginal Chorotegas, who left an invaluable archaeological legacy. While this incredible destination has gone through some transformations in regards to its town and what it offers travelers, this Surfing Mecca and the true wave riders who respect and love Mother Earth continue to instil the spiritual appreciation for the water, Chorotegas called it ‘nimbu’.

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amarindo is located in Guanacaste, where the best surfing beaches are combined with an impressive mountainous region sheltered in the National Park, Las Baulas. From October to February, this National Park becomes home to 50% of leatherback turtles living in the eastern Pacific, because they use these stunning beaches to lay eggs, making it a unique and unforgettable show. The development and charming atmosphere of Tamarindo has resulted in it becoming the host of the Guanacasteco Surf Circuit, an event that brings together hundreds of surf lovers and competitors annually. Completing the renowned surfing is the addition of art. A growing appreciation for art has invaded the town with the help of the Tamarindo Art Wave, another annual activity that displays award winning works of art on its beaches. The great gastronomic appeal has resulted in the Costa Rican Chamber of Restaurants choosing Tamarindo as one of the headquarters of the Tamarindo Food Wave, a culinary event that will show the best dishes of this region. If you are able to time your visit around this event you will not be disappointed.

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Tamarindo: Our Favorites Hotels

Sirena Serena Boutique Hotel & Lifestyle Retreat

Tucked away in Tamarindo, Sirena Serena Boutique Hotel bursts with personality. Our boutique hotel and lifestyle retreat offers unique luxury within walking distance to town and some of the best beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula. Situated in a luxurious tropical garden, beneath our palm and banana trees, you are surrounded by nature. What’s more, each of our six rooms is custom designed for holiday seekers: large groups, families, and single travelers alike.

Our boutique hotel hosts yoga, surf, and wellness retreats throughout the year. It is a chance to escape the ordinary and have a glimpse into the extraordinary. Surf lessons are also available for guests at a discounted rate through Kelly’s Surf Shop. We invite you to experience the authentic beauty of Tamarindo, Costa Rica in the intimate setting you can only get at Sirena Serena-the ultimate Pura Vida getaway.

+(506) 4033 8763 reservations@sirenaserena.com SirenaSerenaHotel @sirenaserenahotel Sirena Serena Boutique Hotel and Lifestyle Retreat

Tamarindo:

Our Favorite Restaurants

La Bodega Cafe-Restaurant and Organic Market

La Bodega exudes a love and passion for the food choices they offer. For those of us who love to travel and also want to maintain a healthy, organic diet while away from home, La Bodega Restaurant is the answer. Their Organic Market is the only place in Tamarindo where you can get organic produce, organic goat yogurt and cheeses, free-range chicken and eggs, the best domestic beef, local fish, and many items from the local farmer’s market, all in one place... and all at very reasonable prices! La Bodega’s respect for staying true to Costa Rican flavors is demonstrated by their commitment to using FRESH, LOCAL, and ORGANIC ingredients in their delicious dishes. Vegans and vegetarians can take refuge here as this incredible eatery has vegetarian and vegan options daily. 

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This unique cafe/restaurant not only provides its guests with incredible entrees, they are also home to a coffee addict’s dream coffee: beans organically grown in Tarrazú in the central mountains of Costa Rica. Complete your meal with a pick from their large selection of in house baked desserts. No guest should leave without grabbing at least one of La Bodega’s famous brownies. They’re life changing!

Affordable menu prices: • Breakfast: $6-$10 including an organic coffee or homemade juice • Lunch: $8-$12 including homemade plantain chips and juice +(506) 8395-6184

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Tamarindo:

Our Favorite Activities

AZUL PROFUNDO BOUTIQUE SHOPPING TOUR

What we offer: Wine, shopping and fun with friends. Fashion consultant that supplies professional fashion advise for a special occasion or a change of look. For more information please call 8729-6095 or email azulprofundoboutique@yahoo.com

Patricia Sterman +(506) 2653-0395/ +(506) 2653-0394 Azul Profundo Boutique @azulprofundoboutique

Kelly’s Surf Shop and School Live your dream, and learn to surf in the world class waves of Tamarindo! Kelly’s Surf Shop in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, offers a wide range of services for the beginner or experienced surfer. Book ahead to reserve a full vacation package, or drop in at the surf shop for surf lessons, SUP lessons/tours, surfboard rental or sales; surely this could be a trip or surfing adventure you will always remember. Kelly’s has a full-range of surfboards available for rental or as part of your surf package.

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We offer high-quality, individual surf instruction with certified and experienced instructors. We give private lessons to individuals or small groups and schedule all lessons according to tides and ocean conditions. If you are looking for an alternative adventure, we also rent bikes, kayaks and snorkel gear. We are a full tour center. Book your next Tamarindo surf lesson or tour today at Kelly’s Surf Shop!

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Border Procedures´s Guide

Border Procedures´s guide Costa Rica - Nicaragua

By: The Wayfarer Magazine

When arriving at the border: Costa Rica - Nicaragua

Step 1:

When you arrive at the first stop near the border you will be instructed by our guide to walk to a small office to pay the Costa Rica exit fee of $8. Leave your bags in the van.

Step 2: When you return to the van, our guide will give you an immigra-

tion form to fill out to leave Costa Rica. You then will drive to the Costa Rica immigration office, where our guide will escort you to the entrance. Please leave your bags in the van.

Step 3: Once everyone is stamped out Costa Rica you will get back in the van and drive a short distance to the border.

Tip: Keep all documents and stamps that you receive tucked into your passport.

Step 4: From here our guide will escort you with your bags across the bor-

der on foot. There will be a few stops to show officials your passport along the way. At the last stop you will be given a paper stamp.

Step 5: From there our guide will escort you with your bags to the immigration office for entry into Nicaragua.

Step 6: When you enter the office to the right of the door you will need to pay a $1 fee and you will receive another paper stamp. Then you will wait in line to get stamped into Nicaragua. Here you will pay a $12 fee. And get your entry stamp. Tip: Try to have exact change. And they do not take Colones. Only dollars and Cordobas. (Exchange rate: 28 Cordobas to a Dollar).

Step 7: From here you will take your bags to the next room

for customs officers to check them. Our guide will be waiting outside once that process is over to escort you to our waiting van to continue the trip to San Juan.

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Guía de Procedimientos Fronterizos

Guía de procedimientos fronterizos

Costa Rica - Nicaragua Al llegar a la frontera: Costa Rica - Nicaragua

Por: The Wayfarer Magazine

Paso 1: Cuando llegue a la primera parada cerca de la frontera, nuestro guía le orientará y le dirá hacia dónde debe dirigirse. Usted debe desplazarse hacia una pequeña oficina con el fin de pagar los impuestos de salida de Costa Rica por un monto de $8,00. Deberá dejar su equipaje en la microbús. Paso 2: Cuando regrese a la microbús, nuestro guía le entregará un for-

mulario de migración que deberá ser completado para poder salir de Costa Rica. Posteriormente, irá en la microbús a la oficina de migración de Costa Rica, donde nuestro guía le acompañará hacia la entrada. Por favor, deje su equipaje en la microbús.

Paso 3: Una vez que todos los documentos estén sellados con la salida

de Costa Rica, regresará a la microbús, en la cual se desplazará hacia la frontera, que está a corta distancia.

Paso 4: Desde allí, nuestro guía le acompañará con sus maletas a tra-

vés de la frontera a pie. Habrá algunas paradas donde deberá mostrar su pasaporte a funcionarios. En la última parada se le entregará un sello de papel.

Paso 5: A partir de ahí, nuestro guía le acompañará con sus maletas a

la oficina de migración para su ingreso a Nicaragua.

Paso 6: Cuando ingrese a la oficina ubicada a la derecha de la puer-

ta, tendrá que cancelar una cuota de $1, donde recibirá otro sello de papel. Luego deberá esperar en la fila para obtener un sello en Nicaragua. Aquí tendrá que pagar una cuota de $12.

Paso 7: Desde ahí podrá llevar sus maletas a la habitación contigua para que los funcionarios de aduanas efectúen su registro. Nuestro guía le estará esperando afuera y una vez que el proceso haya terminado, él lo acompañará hacia nuestra microbús, que estará esperando para continuar el viaje a San Juan. 2nd edition - www.caribeshuttle.com

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Border Procedures´s Guide

Border Procedures´s Guide Nicaragua - Costa Rica

By: The Wayfarer Magazine

When arriving at the border: Nicaragua - Costa Rica

Step 1: You will need to show your passport when you arrive at the entrance gate to immigration officials. Step 2: Once through the gate the van will stop at the immigration

office. Leave your bags in the van. Our guide will escort you to the door of the office. You will need only your passport and $3 to exit Nicaragua

Step 3: Once inside there is a window to the left of the door where you will pay $1 and get a paper stamp. Then you will need to stand in line to actually get stamped out of Nicaragua. This is where you will pay the other $2 as well. The van and guide will be waiting for you near where you exit the building on the opposite side.

Step 4: You then walk a few meters and there is your first Costa Rican

officer who will also check your passport. From there you will be escorted by our guide approximately 300 meters to the immigration office for Costa Rica. (If border conditions permit, you will be driven in our van directly to the office.) Depending on the current border conditions, our van may or may not be able to drive further to the edge of the border. If not you will need to take your bags from here and walk a short distance with our guide to the final Nicaraguan official who will check your passport.

Step 5: Once inside you will need to fill out an entrance form that you can get at the window.

Step 6: Once you have filled out the form return to the window with

your passport, the form and a flight itinerary or bus ticket showing your proof of departure from Costa Rica.

Step 7: After you are stamped into Costa Rica you will walk to the next room to have your bags scanned. Tip: Costa Rica will only accept a flight or bus ticket that shows your departure from Costa Rica. if your flight is from a country other than Costa Rica they will require you to buy a tica bus ticket for $29. (A return ticket with Caribe Shuttle will not be accepted).

Step 8: Our van will be waiting just outside for you to continue your journey on to Liberia or other destinations.

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Guía de Procedimientos Fronterizos

Guía de procedimientos fronterizos

Nicaragua - Costa Rica

Al llegar a la frontera: Costa Rica - Nicaragua

Por: The Wayfarer Magazine

Paso 1: Tendrá que mostrar su pasaporte a los funcionarios de migración

que están en la puerta de entrada.

Paso 2: Una vez que haya llegado a la puerta, la microbús se detendrá frente a la oficina de migración. Deje su equipaje en el vehículo. Nuestro guía le acompañará a la puerta de la oficina. Usted solo necesitará su pasaporte y $3 para salir de Nicaragua. Paso 3: Una vez adentro, verá una ventana a la izquierda de la puerta,

donde tendrá que pagar $1 y obtener un sello. Luego, tendrá que hacer fila para conseguir el sello de Nicaragua. Aquí es donde usted tendrá que pagar los otros $2,00. La microbús y el guía estarán esperando por usted cerca de la salida, en el lado opuesto del edificio.

Paso 4: Luego deberá caminar unos metros y encontrará al primer oficial de Costa Rica, que también comprobará su pasaporte. Luego será acompañado por nuestro guía a unos 300 metros de la oficina de migración de Costa Rica (si las condiciones fronterizas lo permiten, usted será conducido en nuestra microbús directamente hasta la oficina). Paso 5: Una vez adentro, tendrá que llenar un formulario de entrada que se puede obtener en la ventanilla.

Paso 6:

Regrese a la ventanilla con su pasaporte, el formulario lleno y un itinerario de vuelo o billete de autobús que muestre la prueba de salida de Costa Rica.

Paso 7:

Después de haber sellado su pasaporte en Costa Rica, deberá caminar hacia el área de al lado para el escaneo de sus maletas. Paso 8: Nuestra microbús le estará esperando afuera con el fin de que pueda continuar su viaje hacia Liberia u otros destinos.

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Border Procedures´s Guide

Border Procedures´s guide

Costa Rica - Panama

By: The Wayfarer Magazine

When arriving at the border: Costa Rica - Panama

Step 1: Please fill out the form you will be handed while on your journey to the border. Step 2: When you arrive at the border you will need to take all of your luggage out of the van.

Step 3: You will then be directed by our guide to the small shop where you will need to present your passport and pay the $8 exit fee to leave Costa Rica. You will get a receipt that you will need to show to the immigration officer later. Note: This fee can be paid in either dollars or Colones. Step 4: You will then be directed by our guide to take your luggage with

you up the small hill to the immigration office on the right side of the road before the bridge.

Step 5: Please wait outside of the immigration office until it is your turn at

the window. Note: You will need to present your passport, the form you filled out earlier and the exit fee receipt to the immigration official.

Step 6: After getting your exit stamp you will need to take your luggage

and cross the bridge to the Panama side of the Sixaola river.

Step 7:

After you cross the bridge, you will need to go into the small building on the left past the guard house to pay the $4 entry fee for Panama. Note: You will need to present your passport, the form you filled out earlier and the exit fee receipt to the immigration official.

Step 8: From there you will need to go down the hill and to the left, to the immigration office to get stamped into Panama. Please have your passport and flight itinerary to present to the officials.

Note: Your flight can be departing from anywhere in Central America to your home country. At this time Panama does not accept bus tickets as proof for exiting Panama. TIP: If you need assistance with your luggage, ask our guide to arrange for someone to help you with your bags across the bridge. Normal tip is $1 or $2 per bag.

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Guía de Procedimientos fronterizos

Guía de procedimientos fronterizos

Costa Rica - PanamÁ

Al llegar a la frontera: Costa Rica - PanamÁ

Por: The Wayfarer Magazine

Paso 1:

Por favor complete el formulario que será entregado, mientras vaya en su viaje hacia la frontera.

Paso 2: Cuando llegue a la frontera tendrá que tomar todo el equipaje

de la buseta.

Paso 3: A continuación, será dirigido por nuestro guía a la pequeña tienda en la que tendrá que presentar su pasaporte y pagar el impuesto de salida de $ 8 para salir Costa Rica. Obtendrá un recibo que tendrá que mostrar al funcionario de Migración más adelante. Nota: Esta tarifa se puede pagar en dólares o en colones.

Paso 4:

A continuación, será dirigido por nuestro guía para llevar su equipaje con usted hacia la pequeña colina donde esta la oficina de Migración en el lado derecho de la carretera antes del puente.

Paso 5: Por favor, espere afuera de la oficina de Migración hasta que

sea su turno en la ventana. Nota: Usted tendrá que presentar su pasaporte, el formulario que relleno anteriormente, su itinerario de vuelo saliendo desde Centroamérica a su país de origen y el recibo de pago a la salida de Migración.

Paso 6:

Después de conseguir su sello de salida, tendrá que llevar su equipaje y cruzar el puente hacia el lado de Panamá del río Sixaola.

TIP: Si necesita ayuda con su equipaje, puede pedir a nuestro guía para que alguien le ayude con sus maletas a través del Puente, la tarifa es de $ 1 o $ 2 por maleta.

Paso 7: Después de cruzar el puente, tendrá que entrar en el pequeño edicio de la izquierda más allá de la caseta de vigilancia para pagar la cuota de inscripción $ 4 para Panamá. Nota: Trate de tener la cantidad exacta, ya que por lo general no tienen cambio. Paso 8:

A partir de ahí tendrá que ir cuesta abajo hacia la izquierda, a la oficina de Migración para obtener su sello en Panamá. Por favor tenga su pasaporte y itinerario de vuelo para presentar a los funcionarios. En este momento Panamá no acepta billetes de autobús como prueba para salir de Panamá. Nota: El vuelo puede ser saliendo desde

cualquier lugar en Centroamérica en su país de origen.

Paso 9:

Después de recibir su sello en Panamá, favor caminar de regreso por el mismo camino y bajo el pequeño puente en donde nuestra camioneta estará esperándolo para continuar con el resto de su viaje a Bocas del Toro.

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Border Procedures´s Guide

Border Procedures´s guide Panama - Costa Rica When arriving at the border: Panama - Costa Rica

By: The Wayfarer Magazine Step 1:

When you arrive at the border you will need to take all of your luggage out of the van.

Step 2: You will then be directed by our guide to the immigration office to exit Panama.

Step 3: After getting your exit stamp our guide will then direct you to the office up on the bridge where you will need to pay the $4 exit fee. Note: Please try to have the exact amount as they often do not have change.

Step 4: From there you will walk across the bridge to the Costa Rica

side of the Sixaola river.

TIP: If you need assistance with your luggage, ask our guide to arrange for someone to help you with your bags across the bridge. Normal tip is $1 or $2 per bag.

Step 5: As you get to the Costa Rica side the immigration office is the first building on the left. Step 6: You will be handed an immigration form to fill out before you

go to the window. Note: They do have pens, but it’s best to have your own.

Step 7: After you fill out the form, wait in the line outside, until it is your turn to go to the window.

Step 8:

At the immigration window you will need to present your passport, the form you filled out and a flight itinerary/ticket showing your exit from Costa Rica. Note: Flight tickets can be departing from any-

where in Central America but needs to be back to your home country.

Step 9: After getting your entry stamp you will be directed by our guide down the hill to our waiting van to continue your journey to the Puerto Viejo area.

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Guía de Procedimientos fronterizos

Guía de procedimientos fronterizos

PanamÁ - Costa Rica Al llegar a la frontera: Panamá - Costa Rica

Por: The Wayfarer Magazine

Paso 1: Cuando llegue a la frontera tendrá que tomar todo el equipaje de la buseta.

Paso 2: A continuación, será dirigido por nuestro guía a la oficina de Migración para salir de Panamá.

Paso 3: Después de conseguir su sello de salida, nuestro guía a continua-

ción, le dirigirá a la oficina en el puente en el que tendrá que pagar el impuesto de salida de $ 4. Nota: Por favor, tratar de tener la cantidad exacta

ya que a menudo no tienen cambio.

Paso 4: Desde allí se puede caminar por el puente hacia el lado Costa Rica del río Sixaola.

TIP: Si necesita ayuda con su equipaje, solicitar a nuestro guía ayuda para que alguien le asista con sus maletas a través del puente, la tarifa es de $ 1 o $ 2 por maleta.

Paso 5: A medida que vaya hacia el lado de Costa Rica, la oficina de Migración es el primer edificio a la izquierda.

Paso 6: Se le entregará un formulario de Migración para llenar antes de ir

a la ventana. Nota: Tienen lapiceros, pero es mejor tener su propio.

Paso 7: Después de llenar el formulario, espere en línea hasta que sea su

turno para ir a la ventana. Nota: Los billetes de avión pueden ser desde cual-

quier parte de América Central, pero tiene que ser de nuevo a su país de origen.

Paso 8: En la ventana de Migración tendrá que presentar su pasaporte,

el formulario que fue llenado y un itinerario de vuelo / billete mostrando su salida de Costa Rica.

Paso 9:

Después de conseguir su sello de entrada, será dirigido por nuestro guía por la colina a nuestra buseta esperando para continuar su viaje hacia Puerto Viejo. Importante: Si tiene algún problema en Migración en ambos lados de la frontera, por favor pregunte a nuestro guía que le ayudará en la comunicación con los funcionarios.

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Map & Schedule Our Routes Time

6:00 am

Arena / La Fortuna

Duration

Price

6 hours $65 6:00 am 3 hours

Liberia

1

San Juan del Sur

NICARAGUA

$35 1

From:

SAN JUAN DEL SUR

1

6:00 am

Puerto Viejo / Cahuita

13 hours

COSTA 2

$120

Liberia

la Fortuna

21

San José

Tamarindo Monteverde 6:00 am

1

6

Monteverde

$70 6:00 am

32 San José 4

9:15 am 3 hours

Arenal / La Fortuna

$65

$50

35

7 hours

7 hours

6 hours

Tortuguero

5

3 Tamarindo

6:00 am

RICA

$40 9:15 am

San Juan del Sur

2

3 hours

Check our website for a complete list of routes: www.caribeshuttle.com

$35

9:15 am

From:

Tamarindo

LIBERIA

1.15 hours 6:00 am

$25

10 hours

7:00 am

Liberia

1.5 hours

5:30 am

Monteverde

$25 7:00 am

San Juan del Sur

3 hours

Bocas del Toro

$35

6 hours

$76

Puerto Viejo/ Cahuita

6:00 am 2:00 pm 4 hours $50

$55 From:

4 SAN JOSÉ

3 From:

TAMARINDO

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Arenal / La Fortuna

5:00 am

San Juan del Sur

7 hours $70

7:00 am

5:00 am

4.5 hours $50

Liberia

4 hours $45

7


11:00 am

From: 5

ARENAL / LA FORTUNA

6:00 am

Liberia

6 hours

8:00 am

Bocas del Toro

4 hours $38

From:

12:30 pm

San José

CAHUITA

6:00 am

12:00 md

8

$60

San Juan del Sur

6:00 am

$60

1:00 pm

Puerto Viejo/ Cahuita

Tamarindo

$50

3 hours

6 hours

$40

6:00 am 4.5 hours

Arenal / La Fortuna

4 hours

6 hours

$50

$65 8:00 am

Tortuguero

5 hours $75

5:30 am

Liberia

3 hours $35 11:00 am 5:30 am

From:

San Juan del Sur

MONTEVERDE

Arenal / La Fortuna

7 hours

6 hours

6:00 am

$60

8:00 am 12:00 md

Bocas del Toro

$65

6

4 hours $33

32

8

9

7:00 am

9

Cahuita

From:

36

10

San José

PUERTO VIEJO

Puerto Viejo

12:30 pm 4 hours $50

Bocas del Toro

8:00 am 7

10:00 am

Puerto Viejo / Cahuita

From:

TORTUGUERO

Tortuguero

5 hours $75

5 hours $75

8:00 am

PANAMÁ

6 am

10 hours

8:00 am 12:00 am 4 hours $33

6:00 am 11 hours $85

Arenal / La Fortuna

San José

$76

Puerto Viejo / Cahuita

From:

BOCAS DEL TORO 10

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