Location and Driving Directions
Almonds and Corals is located 15 miles (25 km) south from Cahuita National Park in the southern part of the Limon Province on the Caribbean Coast, in the heart of the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. If you are driving to Manzanillo from San Jose, take the Braulio Carrillo Highway north of the city to the Atlantic Coast city of Limon. The trip takes about 2 ½ hours to Limon. The road through Braulio Carrillo National Park has recently been improved; however, there are still and enormous amount of huge potholes scarring the highway. It is common for the upper elevations of this road to be shrouded in clouds, particularly during the rainy season. The potholes, regularly limited visibility and the steep slope of this highway make this a treacherous road to traverse. We recommend that this trip be made during daylight hours.
Once you arrive in Limon, make a right at the first major intersection, there will be a Texaco station on the right. This road will take you to Talamanca where you will find Manzanillo. From this intersection stay on this road and follow the signs for Cahuita and Puerto Viejo. The road is in poor condition, covered with potholes and single lane bridges, so proceed with caution. It is about 48 miles (77 km) from Limon to Manzanillo. While a four wheel drive vehicle would certainly help, it is not absolutely necessary for the trip. Manzanillo is approximately 3 miles (6 km) from Puerto Viejo.