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Finca Tierra is near Playa Cócles beach, just outside of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (or Puerto Viejo de Limón) in Limón Province, Costa Rica, Central America. Information about our village can be found here.
Our official address is: 'Playa Cócles, Calle Ole Caribe, 2.8 km adentro siempre a la izquierda, Finca Tierra'.
GETTING TO FINCA TIERRA FROM PUERTO VIEJO:
Once in Puerto Viejo, continue on the coastal road, Hwy 36, for ~3 km to Cócles. After you pass, on the left, the Cócles soccer field, located between speed bumps in the road, then about four city blocks further along look for our Finca Tierra sign on the left. Turn right at the upcoming intersection, onto "Olé Caribe Road".
Finca Tierra is 2.8 km (~1.75 miles) on this road, near its end. Follow the signs, always bearing left at forks in the roadway. We are located after a farm called "One World". From the coastal road, it’s about a 30-minute walk or a 15 to 20-minute bike ride.
Whether coming by van, car, or taxi, in order to make it the last 300 meters (~.2 mile), you must have a 4-wheel drive vehicle. 4x4 taxis which we recommended are Frank 8546 7655 for arrival.
If you have a 2-wheel drive vehicle, look for the gate posts just before the road starts a long descent. Park in the farm entrance parking lot and walk the last 300 meters.
GETTING TO PUERTO VIEJO, AFTER LANDING IN SAN JOSE
To travel from San Jose to Finca Tierra we recommend that you checkout Gekotrails, and consider their hassle-free transportation services. Gecko Trails offers, at about $50 for one person or about $32 for two, a package where a taxi will meet you at the airport with your public bus ticket already purchased, and take you to the bus terminal. They also have an express shuttle van from the airport, at about $59, or a shuttle van from your hotel, at about $50.
The most common way to travel to Costa Rica is through San Jose's, Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), located near Alajuela northwest of San Jose. To get from the San Jose area to Finca Tierra, you have four options:
1. Shuttle bus service from your San Jose hotel to Puerto Viejo on Interbus Online is about $52. If you chose this van service, you'll need to exit the shuttle at the Puerto Viejo bus station, outside Hotel Maritza. Right across the street is the taxis station, where you can find a 4-wheel drive taxi able to make it up the hills to Finca Tierra.
2. Public bus service, MEPE, to Puerto Viejo from San Jose costs about $10. It departs from Terminal MEPE Atlantico Norte, located in the Barrio Mexico of San Jose. "Parada del bus de Mepe, para Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, antigua parada de bus de San Carlos." To ensure that you get a bus ticket, plan to arrive at the station at least 30 minutes before your intended departure time. Make sure that your ticket is to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. The bus station in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is ~6 km (~3 miles) from Finca Tierra.
3. Car rental is a possibility, but only for confident drivers, as many roads in the Southern Caribbean region are unpaved and full of potholes, and highways numbers and streets names are not well marked. Small, four-wheel SUV models are recommended. Keep in mind that the full cost with insurance will be about twice as much as the advertised rental price. Alamo has an office near the airport, and it's the only international car rental company with an office in Puerto Viejo.
4. Taxi service from San Jose airport to Finca Tierra is around $150, and must be negotiated at the terminal.
MEPE BUS SCHEDULE:
San Jose to Puerto Viejo: 6 am - 10 am - 12 pm* - 2 pm - 4 pm
Puerto Viejo to San Jose: 7:30 am* - 9 am - 11 am - 4 pm
*These buses pass the intersection of Olé Caribe Road, from which Finca Tierra is located ~3km (1.5 miles).
MORE TRAVEL INFORMATION:
Check out the Puerto Viejo Satellite Travel Section, as well as their other sections to find out more about the area. http://www.puertoviejosatellite.com/
RECOMMENDED HOTELS AND HOSTELS IN SAN JOSE:
Hotel Aranjuez, hotelaranjuez.com, San Jose Center - from $32
Casa del Parque hostelcasadelparque.com from $10 dorm
Vida Tropical, vidatropical.com, 10 min from airport - from $36
RECOMMENDED HOTELS AND HOSTELS IN PUERTO VIEJO:
Pagalu, pagalu.com from $13 dorm
Hotel Puerto Viejo hotelpuertoviejocostarica.com from $16 private room
La Ruka, larukahostel.com from $12 dorm
Azania Bungalows, azania-costarica.com from $80