We are going to this area in about a week, so I emailed the place where we are staying - Banana Azul in Puerto Viejo - to see what the local situation is like. They said that they've been receiving visitors this week, no problem, and that the strikes don't have much impact where they are. People have reported that drive times sometimes are longer than usual due to road blocks, but that's about it.
I have read about issues in Limon itself - more civil unrest - but my sense is that flying in and then taking a shuttle, there shouldn't be any problems, other than possible traffic delays.
I've been reading and keeping on top of this as well, though our trip is not for eight weeks still.
One thing I must say, I hope the people doing this crap realize what they are risking. If the road blockages and difficulties being able to buy fuel persist, even just in scattered locations, there is risk of it to start eroding Costa Rica's reputation of being the one safe, easily-traveled island of calm amidst an otherwise ever-shifting political landscape of Central America. And once you 'break' something like that, it takes a long time to fix it back to how it was, if ever.
Even a small shift in people's perception (real or perceived, doesn't matter) of the safety and travel-friendly nature of Costa Rica could cost their economy greatly. If travel is impacted, even marginally, the cost to the economy could very well necessitate further tax increases and/or service cuts that would make these folks *beg* for the tax/wage/benefit proposals they are currently protesting.
There were issues with gas stations and road access but these appear to be easing. It's a good idea to fill up on gas before leaving San Jose and don't wait until the tank is near empty before refilling. Ruta 32 on Facebook is a good group to see closures or road issues as is the Waze app as it is in real time.
Taking sides on a political debate is not appropriate on this forum but needless to say, we all hope it will be resolved amicably and soon.
It has nothing to do with the political debate, Sara. It has to do with blocking roads, ports, etc. Couldn't care less your politics or 'side', that is wrong, illegal, and hurtful to your countrymen. Again, whatever the 'side'. We are talking real travel issues, not politics.
Yes Grant we understand your point and make sense...but we are in love with peace and do not like to hurt people...of course in a way we all are gteeing hurt...but thanks God...we are getting hurt mostly in our times...nothing else...of course if we dig...we can find a lot of other important issues...but we are giving time...and hopefully every thing is going to be OK soon.
Thank you Grant