Barra del Parismina  is village of 600 people located on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, at the mouth of the Reventazón/Parismina river. The village located is about half way between Tortuguero and Puerto Limon on the Tortuguero canals at the map coordinates 10 degrees 18 minutes 23 seconds North, 83 degrees, 21 minutes, 12 seconds West. Eco-tourism and sport fishing are the foundation of the village economy. Parismina is an ideal place to get off the beaten track and see life the way locals do. A variety of homestay and volunteer opportunities make this possible
There is no road to Parismina - it is accessible only by boat or plane.
The most affordable way to reach Parismina is to take the public bus from the town of Siquirres to Caño Blanco. This bus leaves only twice a day from the old bus station. It is operated by Hermanos Caño-Aguilar. Their telephone number is 768-81-72.
Caño Blanco to Siquirres (old station) Weekdays leaves 7:00 AM, returns 1:30PM Weekends leaves 7:30 AM, Returns 3:00 PM
From Caño Blanco (which is little more than a cantina/gas station/dock), take the regularly scheduled water taxi to take you to Parismina. The water taxis leave about 10 minutes after the bus from Siquirries arrives. There may be boats lined up offering this service. This 15 minute boat ride should cost you 500-1000 colones. They will drop you off at the Parismina 'dock'.
Parismina is passed by river on the way to Tortuguero on many pre-arranged tours. These boats rarely stop in Parismina but special arrangements may be made with many boat captains.
Alternately, boats may be commissioned from the port city of Moin (just north of Limon) following the canals north to Parismina. There are a few new regularly scheduled services which may be arranged from Limon, Cahuita or Puerto Viejo.
There is no regularly scheduled air service to Parismina. The Rio Parismina Lodge has charter air service regularly scheduled to Parismina. The two national airlines (NatureAir and Sansa) both offer daily service to the village of Tortuguero, approximately one hour north of Parismina by boat.
There are no roads or cars in Parismina. No official bike rental service is currently available. Horseback tours may be arranged at the tourist kiosk, and tours on the local ox-cart are sometimes available. Call the tourist kiosk for more information: 506-710-7703.
Parismina is small enough to be easily explored on foot.
There are very few shops in Parismina, although a grocery store/general store of some sort is rumored to be in the works. Two or three small grocery stands ('pulperias') are scattered around town including Ramiero's vegetable stand, and a grocery stand near the elementary school. A few homes offer used clothing ('ropa americana') or some sort of home made treat like ice cream.
There are no banks or ATMs in Parismina, so be sure to bring enough cash. The grocery stands and water taxi drivers will not take your credit / debit cards!
Local craftsmen offer crafts such as carved cocounts and jewelry made from local seeds and other materials.
On Saturday nights, the 'Disco Turstico Naomi' comes alive with an evening of DJ music and dancing to Caribbean favorites including Salsa, Meringue and Reggae.
Salon Parismina is located near the new dock, with drinks, karaoke and a pool hall next door. Open every night.
The Cariblanco features an open air cantina on the beach. A full bar and food service are available most days. Hours vary, but the place will stay open as late as the action lasts. Hammocks and rocking chairs are strategically placed with views of either the soccer field or the ocean.
Water taxi service to Cano Blanco is available twice a day, about 30 minutes before the bus to Siquirres leaves. The current price is 500-1000 colones, one-way. A bus from Cano Blanco to Siquirres leaves twice a day.
Boats to Tortuguero can be arranged at the tourist kiosk (506-710-7703). Flights from Tortuguero to San Jose leave every morning.