Costa Rica Travel Information

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International Airport: San Jose International Airport (SJO)

Airlines: Continental, Frontier, COPA Panama, Delta, United US Air, American, America West, LACSA, Mexicana, and Taca airlines fly to Costa Rica.

Departure Tax: Before you depart Costa Rica be sure to have $28 to pay your departure tax. All foreign passengers must pay this tax when departing on international flights.

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To/From Santa Teresa

There are several ways to get to and from Santa Teresa:

Shuttle Bus

turismoMontezuma Expeditions provides shuttle bus services to/from Santa Teresa. The shuttle bus leaves San Jose and Santa Teresa daily once in the morning and once in the afternoon. The shuttle bus will pick you up at the airport or your hotel. The price is $50/per person each way. The shuttle ride is an approximate 7-hour drive through Costa Rica’s countryside, including a 90-minute ferry ride on the Gulf of Nicoya. Please contact Montezuma Expeditions directly at info@montezumaexpeditions.com or call 011- (506) 2441-3394.

Rental Car

rental-carIf you are planning to drive to Santa Teresa with a rental car we recommend a 4×4. From San Jose you drive to Puntarenas, from there, crossing the Gulf of Nicoya by ferry to Paquera ($24.00 per car and $1.70 per person) and on to Santa Teresa.

For up-to-date ferry schedules call the ferry company: (506) 2661-2084 or visit http://www.navieratambor.com/horarios-y-tarifas

Different options available:

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By Bus

Costa Rica by Bus

This scenic trip through the mountains takes around 5 hours, including a 1 hour ferry ride from Puntarenas to Paquera. The cost of the direct bus is $15.00 per person. Bus Terminal in San José: Atlántico Norte (also called San Carlos) Calle 12 Av. 7 – 9. Take a direct bus to Cobano, Santa Teresa, Mal Pais, Montezuma. You will be making a stop in Puntarenas to board a ferry to cross the Gulf of Nicoya. The ferry is $1.70 per person. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Once you arrive in Paquera your luggage will be waiting for you on the other side to board a bus that will take you to Cobano. Change buses in Cobano for the last 30 minutes of your trip to Santa Teresa.

For schedules of the direct buses http://www.nicoyapeninsula.com/general/busses.php

San Jose to Santa Teresa 6:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Santa Teresa to San Jose 6:00 AM and 2:00 PM

If the direct bus schedules do not suit you, you can also take the Bus from San José to Puntarenas which departs every 40 min from the bus terminal at Avd 12, Calle 16. Once in Puntarenas you take the Ferry to Paquera. In Paquera at the ferry terminal there are busses to take you to Cobano and on to Montezuma, Santa Teresa and Malpais. The last bus from Paquera is at 6:30 p.m. It meets the ferry departing Puntarenas at 5:00 p.m. If you are on a later ferry you must take a taxi to Santa Teresa which might cost up to $50.

Cobano to Santa Teresa / Mal Pais: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 5:15
Santa Teresa / Mal Pais to Cobano: 7:15, 11:30, 2:30

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Flying To Costa Rica

The closest airport to Santa Teresa is Tambor. There is a limited number of flights and seats to Tambor, so make your reservation early. The two airlines that fly from San Jose to Tambor are Sansa and Nature Air. If you are planning on bringing your surfboard, please contact the airline regarding their size restrictions. Flight schedules change periodically, so please check with the airlines for exact times. Once in Tambor, expect a 1hr taxi ride. Taxis cost around $50.

Nature Air

Nature_Air_Logo.149170942Nature Air is located at the Tobias Bolanos Airport near San Jose in Pavas – 8 miles from San Juan Int. Airport. www.natureair.com | info@natureair.com | 011-(506) 220-3054 | Toll Free USA/Canada: 800-235-9272

Rates: One-way $90, plus tax.

Flight schedules change periodically, so please check with the airlines for exact times.
Hi Season – December 1st – April 30th

Hi Season – December 1st – April 30th
Flight times from San Jose to Tambor:

Departs: 8:00 am Arrives: 8:25 am
Departs: 1:30 pm Arrives: 1:55 pm
Departs: 4:20 pm Arrives: 4:45 pm

Flights times from Tambor to San Jose:

Departs: 8:35 am Arrives: 9:00 am
Departs: 2:05 pm Arrives: 3:15 pm
Departs: 4:55 pm Arrives: 5:15 pm

Low Season – May 1 – November 30
Flight times from San Jose to Tambor:

Departs: 8:40 am Arrives: 9:05 am
Departs: 2:00 pm Arrives: 3:10 pm

Flights times from Tambor to San Jose:

Departs: 9:15 am Arrives: 10:20 am
Departs: 3:20 pm Arrives: 3:45 pm

Sansa Regional

sansa_regional_logo1The Sansa terminal in San Jose is located at the San Juan International Airport.

www.flysansa.com | reservations@flysansa.com | 011-(506) 290-4100 | Toll free USA: 1-877-767-2672

Rates: One-way $66-$87, plus tax

Flight fares and schedules change periodically, so please check with the airlines for exact rates & times.

High Season – December 1 – April 30
Flight times from San Jose to Tambor:

Departs: 6:40 am Arrives: 7:10 am
Departs: 10:35 am Arrives: 11:05 am
Departs: 10:58 pm Arrives: 11:28 pm
Departs: 1:31 pm Arrives: 2:04 pm
Departs: 1:55 pm Arrives: 2:30 pm

Flights from Tambor to San Jose:

Departs: 7:20 am Arrives: 7:55 am
Departs: 11:15 am Arrives: 11:50 am
Departs: 11:43 am Arrives: 12:18 am
Departs: 2:14 am Arrives: 2:51 am
Departs: 2:40 pm Arrives: 3:15 pm

Low Season – May 1 – November 30
Flight times from San Jose to Tambor:

Departs: 7:40 am Arrives: 8:10 am
Departs: 10:00 am Arrives: 10:30 am
Departs: 2:20 pm Arrives: 2:53 pm

Flights from Tambor to San Jose:

Departs: 8:20 am Arrives: 8:35 am
Departs: 10:40 am Arrives: 11:15 am
Departs: 3:03 pm Arrives: 3:40 pm

 

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