HOW TO ARRIVE TO SANTA TERESA
Before booking make sure you have planned your logistics from your arrival airport to Santa Teresa. Avoid misunderstanding and incurring costs that you can avoid if you plan accordingly.
Plan your arrival flight as early as possible, in order to make it to the land shuttles or local flights. Otherwise it may be necessary to schedule a night in SJO, as there are no shuttles nor flights during the evening (i.e. after 4 pm). Similarly, your departure flight should be planned the latest you can on your departing day so that you can leave your hotel in Santa Teresa early in the morning and arrive early in the afternoon to SJO for your international flight. Otherwise you should plan your last night in San Jose and not in Santa Teresa.
You can book all your local flights and land transportation with us. Let us know your flight schedule and we will help you plan your logistics in the most cost and time efficient way. Check the location of Believe Lodge in Google Maps here and of Nautilus Villas here.
HOW TO ARRIVE TO COSTA RICA?
The best option is to arrive at San Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica. From SJO you have more options of land shuttles and local flights to Santa Teresa or anywhere in Costa Rica. The second option is to fly to Liberia (LIR), in the northwest region of Costa Rica, six hours away by land or thirty minutes by air from Santa Teresa (see Costa Rica map, on your right).
HOW TO ARRIVE TO SANTA TERESA BY PLANE?
SAN JOSE (SJO) – TAMBOR (TMU):
Take a 25’ flight from SJO to Tambor (TMU), this is the closest airport to Santa Teresa, one hour away by land transportation. A one way flight may cost U$S90 to U$S 130. We can book the flights for you.
LIBERIA (LIR) TO TAMBOR (TMU):
During high season (Dec-Apr) usually there are direct flights connecting Liberia to Tambor with a 30-min-flight. Beyond high season there might be no direct flights connecting LIR to TMU. You might have to take a flight with stop at San José and then Tambor.
TAMBOR TO OUR ACCOMMODATION
Once in TMU we can arrange a pick-up taxi for USD 60. Our driver will be waiting for you holding a sign with your name on it. If your flight is delayed we will make sure he waits for you. You can always choose not to book the pick up and bargain with local drivers. You may pay U$S 45-50, not cheaper than that, and you take the risk of not finding any driver upon arrival. Note that TMU airport is just a runway in the middle of the jungle.
HOW TO ARRIVE TO SANTA TERESA BY LAND?
SAN JOSE (SJO ) – SANTA TERESA:
Direct land shuttles leave from downtown San Jose between 5.30 and 6.30 am, and take 6 to 7 hours to arrive to Santa Teresa. We can arrange the pick up at the airport or at your hotel if you are staying closer to the airport. It will drive you from SJO to the port of Puntarenas where you hop off, grab your bags and take a 90′ ferry trip to Paquera. The trip is super easy and nice. Once in Paquera you will hop on to a shuttle bus that will drive you to to Santa Teresa. The cost for a one way trip is USD 60 per passenger. We suggest booking this through us in case your trip is delayed and you need someone to handle the rescheduling of your trip.
LIBERIA (LIR) – SANTA TERESA:
Daily shuttles depart at 8.40 am. The trip costs USD 60 per passenger. There is another service at 3pm but requires a minimum of four passengers to depart (usually not available in low season).
If you are coming from Montezuma, Arenal, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio or any other destination within Costa Rica let us know and we will help you organize your transportation.
WHAT IS THE CHEAPEST WAY TO ARRIVE TO SANTA TERESA?
Public buses connect San José with Santa Teresa once a day. They leave San José at 2.30pm. The route goes from San José, pass by Paquera- Tambor- Cóbano- Montezuma and finally ends at Santa Teresa. This usually takes 7-8 hours to get to Santa Teresa and a one way trip costs arround U$S20.
There is another bus that leaves at 6 am and takes you until Cóbano. Then we can arrange a pick up taxi from there to Santa Teresa.
Taking the bus can be a little bit tricky or dodgy, especially for solo travelers visiting Costa Rica or Central America for the first time. You must take a taxi from SJO Airport and ask the driver to drop you off at “Puente Villa Bonita” (Villa Bonita bridge) bus stop. Taxi should cost around U$S 10 and you will have to wait for the bus by the highway as shown in the picture on the left. There is no proper bus stop, signage nor shelter. I would only take this option if you are used to traveling solo or if you are really on a tight budget. Otherwise, go for the shuttle bus that will pick you up at SJO Airport and we can always contact them directly if it is needed.
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