The drive from La Fortuna to Puerto Viejo takes approx 5 hours, so we were picked up by the Interbus bright & early to set out on the road. Since all of the roads are two-lanes and not very good for passing, when a semi drove across our lane and landed in the ditch, it added an extra two hours onto our drive. The joys of the road! We rode the whole way with two other people & the dude had a laugh that sounded like Seth Rogen’s, which I mistakenly pointed out to Mik and then we both couldn’t stop noticing it. For 7 hours… At least the drivers were great and we got everywhere we wanted swiftly and with all of our luggage.
Interbus pitstop for breakfast:
Spacious, clean vans:
One of many river crossings:
Our first view of the Caribbean! (on this trip, anyway):
We actually left La Fortuna a day early, anxious to get settled into Puerto Viejo and relax for the remainder of our trip. Nothing was available that night at Banana Azul, so we arranged to stay next door at Casa Las Brisas until our room was ready. It was only $70/night, so I went in expecting very little of the place and was delightfully surprised to find that it had ocean-front views and was super charming! Michel is very sweet and hospitable too, which doesn’t hurt. They even served us breakfast on the beach the next morning! Lovely.