Many visitors borrow or rent bikes to tour the road between Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo. The road is paved and vehicles give wide berth to bikers and pedestrians. However, a few kilometers east of Punta Uva you run into a couple hills. Because most all these bikes are one speed you'll be tempted to pick up speed to get up any hill. At one point you come to a bridge between two hills. DO NOT TRY TO SPEED ACROSS THIS BRIDGE! IT IS NOT PAVED! You can't tell until you are on top of it. Several tourists have been rushed to the clinic after serious accidents and as of September 2012, nothing has been done to correct the problem. The problem is only made worst by the fact that most places lending the bikes not having helmets to lend. Ironically, I was told these were the only few hills on an otherwise easy landscape to traverse so I recommend walking bikes up hills and not ruining your vacation.
Punta uva beach is about 6 Km south of Puerto Viejo. Its a beautiful beach with a reef that runs right up to the waterline. However, it seems to a be a focus for petty thieves.
If you want to go snorkeling, find someone else who wants to do the same thing, then take turns swimming and watching your stuff. And don't leave your stuff under the trees- put it right outon the beach where its easy to watch. The thieves will sneak up through the bush and snatch anything not in plain sight.
Alternative: Punta Uva is too good to miss. Just be careful. And don't take anything too valuable.
We've always heard that many restaurants have 2 menus...one with tourist prices & one with prices for locals. We have several very close friends that in PVdT & they confirmed this when we last saw them in Dec. 2008. Our one friend is black (born in CR but lived in the US for years) & her hubby is a white US american. Her & her hubby recently moved back to CR full time & on occasion when going out for dinner sat a different tables from each other. Sure enough....she got a menu with way cheaper prices than her hubby did. There's not much you can do about this I wouldn't think but be warned......if you look like a tourist, you will be paying higher prices.
Hi ,Warning: in puertoviejo is planty of killers,the just kill people when they arrive end desappared their bodies,nobody will talk about this!not the police,not a giournalist not in the news,because they scare that because this the people will live the place! personallyone daY i SOW THE FLOOR IN THE HOTEL(VERY POPULAR) PLANTY OF BLOOD AND WHEN i ASK ABOUTH NOBODY TALK........THEN i ASK TO LOCAL LADY :WHEN THEY KILL SOMBODY HERE LAST TIME? AND SHE START TO TEL ME AN ORRIBLE STORY LIKE ABOUTH 6 PEOPLE KILLED IN LAST 2 MONTH OSLO 2 GIRLS KIDNAPED IN THE DAY WITH A CAR AND ROBBED, RAPED, END KILLED ON THE BEACH .OLSO 2 JOUNG BOYS IN THE CENTER KILLED BY GUN JUST FOR 15 DOLLARS...AND SO ON!SOMPLACE LOOK TO BE NORMAL TO WHAIT PEOPLE TO KILL AND DESAPPEREDFOR WHAT THEY HAVE IN THE POKET.
Be careful walking on Playa Negra sand , the black sand holds the heat in big time! Don't even try to cross it in bare feet...you will be sorry! It is excruciatingly hot! Even the sand that flips up as your walking can be unbearably hot!
If you travel by bus make sure you take all your carry alls with you if you leave the bus during the break, snack stop. We saw a guy toss a video camera that was left momentarily aboard to his friend outside ...and zip!! they were both gone!!
This is true for all over Central America or anywhere for that matter!
Although Punta Uva is a serene peaceful place to visit. Both times that I visited, I was subjected to theft. On the first occasion, I had some items stolen from the beach while I was surfing. On the second occasion, I was staying in at my friend's lodge, and our cabin was broken into with a machette. The robbers took all items out of the room except our clothes. The police caught the people who stole our items on the beach the following day, and they beat and released them. Needless to say, it is important to make sure that your items are in a safe place.
Not much you can do about them and this is one of the reasons that PV is not my favourite- had a lot FEWER sandflies in Cahuita in my experience.
Repellent may help but certainly won't get rid of all of them. Was eaten alive in Punta Uva by these things.
Take note of the fires that go on in the forests along the beaches. Many locals burn trash and scrap wood in these fires to get rid of excess waste, and so you may find yourself amongst one and catch a whiff of whatever nasty stuff is burning. The smoke will make your eyes burn.
If you are really opposed to the Rasta/Reggae lifestyle this may not be the place for you. While no one accosts you or flaunts it in your face..you may be approached if you look the type. Once youv'e been asked & have said no, that's it, no one will push it further. Marijuana is a part of the culture here & if you are looking for it you will find it & you aren't no one will bother you.
Even if they tell you its made with purified water...best to skip the ice! The one time I didn´t I lived in the bathroom for 3 days!!