Cabinas Guaranas is situated in one of the most quiet and central streets in Puerto Viejo, 200 m. from the beach. The hotel is safe and private and a lush, tropical garden refreshes the environment and view with all of its fantastic flowers and tones of green. You can see our exact location on the Puerto Viejo Satellite map.
Getting to Puerto Viejo is pretty easy. There are a number of different options. There are four public buses that leave daily from the Caribbean terminal in San Jose. Price is about $9 per person. Bus schedules sometimes sell out so it is recommended you buy your ticket in advance if you can. You can find the schedule here.
If you want to come straight to Guarana from the San Jose airport on the bus, we recommend you use our airport pickup + bus ticket service. A driver will purchase the bus tickets for the bus you select then meet your flight and bring you straight to the Caribe Bus Terminal. No hassle, no worries about not getting a seat.
If you plan on renting a car and driving, it takes about 4 hours from San Jose to get to Guarana. Remember that sunset here is between 5:30pm and 6:00pm and it gets dark very quickly which makes it very hard to navigate (road signs can be poor). For this and safety reasons we do not recommend driving from San Jose after dark so you should leave no later than 2 pm. If you are coming from Arenal it takes a little longer. The website Puerto Viejo Satellite has detailed driving instructions here.
For car rentals we recommend Adobe Rent a Car. You can check prices and availability using the form on the right. Adobe is the only rental car agency with an office in Puerto Viejo so if you also just want to rent a car while you're down here for a few days or rent a car one-way then they are your only option. Luckily, they're great and we recommend them! A 4WD vehicle is not needed to get here but if you're planning on getting of the main roads around here or elsewhere it could be handy.
If you want door-to-door service
from your San Jose or Arenal hotel to Puerto Viejo, there are several
companies which offer minibus shared ride service from San Jose and
Arenal to Puerto Viejo for about $39 per person. This
service must be reserved in advance.
There is the option of hiring a private driver who will bring you directly from either San Jose International Airport or your San Jose hotel (or any other location in Costa Rica) on your own schedule. This is a great way to maximize your vacation because it's the only way to get to the coast on the same day as your plane arrives if you have an afternoon arrival. Cost is $190 for up to 8 people. Click below to have us arrange it for you or to browse rates from other places:
Don't mind getting wet?! Another option is to take advantage of the deal offered by our whitewater rafting company. They pick you up at your hotel in your choice of San Jose, Arenal or Puerto Viejo at the beginning of the day, you get breakfast at the rafting company center 2 hours later. Your stuff is securely stored. You spend the next 4+ hours on a unforgettable river experience with exciting rapids and unspoiled nature. You have lunch on the river. At the end of the day you return to the rafting centre, pickup your stuff and are delivered to your destination hotel. So it's like getting your transport to/from Puerto Viejo for free! Want us to book it for you? Click:
Finally, if you wish to rent a car and drive, allow yourself at least 4 hours plus time for stops. You can find detailed driving instructions here.
Puerto Viejo was first inhabited by black Caribbean peoples. For this reason it has a cultural feel somewhat like Jamaica and English is widely spoken. As a tourist you will find all the amenities of a small, colorful Caribbean paradise...
And In the evening your only problem will be to choose between diverse restaurants that
offer between a delicious afro-Caribbean meal to the highest quality of international cuisine, or to go dance at one of
the exotic discos by the ocean or have a drink listening reggae or calypso music in one of the local
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Cabinas Guarana is a member of the Costa Rica Hotel Network. If you're looking for smaller properties with great reputations in other areas of the country such as San José, Monteverde or Arenal, check out their site which includes easy online booking for all member hotels.
We are all listed on this Costa Rica Travel Guide.