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A "calypsonian" paradise!!!!
In a nutshell
Best kept secret in Costa Rica
When heading to or from the southern caribbean all traffic must pass through the Tuba Creek Checkpoint. Generally the officers do not stop traffic heading to Cahuita & Puerto Viejo but when leaving almost everyone will be stopped. Make sure you have your passports ready as they will be asked for. The police at the checkpoint are friendly & if you pass through often they may just wave you on your way. A couple of years ago there was at least one officer killed at the checkpoint by a thief in a stolen vehicle. This has made the officers a little more wary & maybe in some cases not so friendly. If travelling by local bus be prepared for the whole bus & all its passengers to be thoroughly checked out.
Written Mar 22, 2009
I wanted to go see the dolphins and hired a tour at Roberto's tours in Cahuita Costa Rica. The tour included complementary breakfast before departure, 3 hours at boat to see the dolphins and snorkeling afterwards at the coral reef.
First I was charged $150 in advance with a 7% surplus for using my credit card. Then I was made to come at 5:45 am because that was the time dolphins "were close". At the time no one was there. 20 minuts afterwards a guy appeared and told me that there was no breakfast because the made (a 12 year girl) didn't come. Then I walked a mile to get into a old and fragile open fishing boat and with only one safety jaket for every three persons.
After 3 hours there was no sign of dolphins at all and everyone got sea sick because of the cruising speed, the sun and the hunger. The guy confessed that because the whole week it was raining dolphins went to Boca in Panama ... Why the heck then they sold me the tour in first place!?!?!?
Then I tried snorkeling: dirty water (again because of the rain days before) and we had to go to the least attractive spot. Nevertheless that it was a mere 5 feet deep I could not see almost anything. It was the most pittyfull and the least gratifying experience. It was so humiliating: a "gringo" swiming in a dirty soup trying to see a lonely and disgraced fish in dirty dead piece of coral.
When I was back I asked for a refund. After all I didn't get anything I payed for and they knew it beforehand. I got a rotound NO for an answer and when I insisted they (the three guys there) started to scream and swear at me!!! Un f...g believable!!! Obiously I am not coming back EVER! I better spend my next vacations in Baja.
Written Feb 22, 2008