Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui Services & Facilities
With a selection of supermarkets, pharmacies, shops, banks, a post office and restaurants, Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui has many of the amenities of a larger city.
English is not widely spoken in the village, with the exception of hotel personnel and tour operators. A couple of pharmacies have bilingual staff that can dispense medications without a doctor’s prescription.
Cell phone reception is hit or miss around town. Some of the more remote lodges do not get reliable signals. Travelers can rent a cell phone in Costa Rica for use on their trip. Several car rental companies rent cell phones for around $10 per day.
Pay phones are scattered along the main road next to the taxi stand. Pre-paid phone cards can be purchased in local pharmacies or supermarkets for both local and international calls.
There are several Internet cafes with high-speed connections that charge less than $1 per hour. Some mid-range hotels have free Internet in their lobbies, and wireless is offered in a couple of the more upscale hotels, attractions and restaurants in town.
Banco de Costa Rica, Banco Popular and Banco Nacional all have branches in Puerto Viejo. Each has a 24-hour ATM machine that dispenses both dollars and Costa Rican colones.
A full-service gas station is located on the outskirts of Puerto Viejo. Several others can be found near Horquetes and on the road toward La Virgen, San Miguel, Vara Blanca and Alajuela.
Located on Puerto Viejo’s main street. Open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; closed 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The clinic provides 24-hour care and ambulance service for minor injuries only. Tel: 2766-6212. For all major emergencies in Costa Rica, dial 911. The nearest major hospitals are in Alajuela and San Jose, which are an hour or more by car.