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Puerto Viejo Rundown

An important announcement for any U.S. citizens residing in the South Caribbean: Members of the American Citizen Services Team at the U.S. Embassy are going to visit the area on Thursday, Oct. 25. A brief presentation will be held at 1 p.m. at La Costa de Papito Hotel on the types of assistance provided by the American Citizen Services. 

They also will help with voter registration (although the deadline for the presidential election was Aug. 15 in most states), notary services and passport renewals. In addition, they will be ready to field questions about non-immigrant visas to the United States as needed for Costa Rican citizens. 

Part of the charm of the South Caribbean is its curving road that stretches from Puerto Viejo to Manzanillo, along with its laid-back vibe, beach cruisers and sand strollers.

Unfortunately, this slow-motion feel is being threatened by higher volumes of traffic. In most areas, the speed limit is 25 kilometers per hour, but there are few signs. This is a threat to the safety of wildlife and pedestrians alike. If you have found the traffic near your home or business seems dangerously fast, you can send a request for reductores de velocidad (speed bumps) to MOPT. Let’s keep our friends, families and neighbors safe. Visit

Concrete Jungle Skate Park offers several options of supervised skate hours for all ages. Looking for something healthy and active to offer your children?  Drop-in Mondays from 2-5 p.m. for ages 11 and up, Tuesdays 3-5 p.m. for ages 5-10 and girls of all ages or Fridays 5-8 p.m. for Open Skate Church. Some equipment is available, feel free to bring your own as well.

A special thank you to all of the event organizers and volunteers who made ArteViva 2012 a weekend to remember here in Puerto Viejo. This gathering of all of the area communities has proven again to be a wondeful adhesive, bringing people together to participate in positive and healthy pursuits. Thank you Claudio Ambroso and your entire team.

-Kristin Gilbert Ramírez

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