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FROM SAN JOSE:
Travel to the Quepos/Manuel Antonio area is easy and can be done in a
couple of different ways. There are 2 Airlines with regularly scheduled
daily flights from San Jose to Quepos airport - Sansa and Nature Air..
It is also a picturesque three and a half hour drive by car, depending on
weather and traffic.
There are direct buses that leave from the Coca Cola bus terminal in San José three times a day.. There are also indirect buses,
but this drive takes at least four and half hours as the bus stops frequently.
The Quepos bus leave from San Jose at the main Coca Cola bus
terminal which is about a 25 minute ride from the airport. One can
take the public bus or a taxi to downtown. As you know in all cities it is important to keep you eyes on your things at all times.
Across to where the buses line up at Coca Cola along the back wall, is a small
farmers market. The office for the bus company is inside this market
in the northwest corner. It is recommended to buy your ticket in advanceas
buses fill up and the cost is around $5. If you are planning on traveling on
either Friday or Sunday, it is important to buy your ticket well in
advance, so that you will be able to get a seat. It is best to take
a "direct bus" which stops only once or twice on the way.
Direct buses leave San
Jose daily at 6:00 am, 12:00 noon, 6 pm and 7:30 pm
To travel from Quepos' main terminal to Manuel Antonio and the national park,
departs every half hour from 5:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m. and is less
Transportes Morales company. Tel. 2223-5567
Take the Pan-American Highway north from San Jose till you reach the turn off to
Puerto Caldera and Puntarenas. Exit to your right, cross over the highway and proceed west toward the coast.
The drive will take you through the mountains until you reach the Pacific coast.
From there follow the signs to Jaco and Quepos. You will reach Jaco beach in
about two hours. No need to go into the town, just continue on down the coast road to the south.
From Jaco it is straight south, but the road is not always in very
good shape with potholes literally everywhere.
When you reach Quepos, continue into town across the last bridge and
turn left on Avenida Central. This will take you into the centre of
the town where you will also find the main bus terminal . There are
several reasonably priced places to stay and lots of bars and
restaurants. If you want to continue on into Manuel Antonio,
continue down Avenida Central for the next two blocks, till you pass the
main bus terminal. At the next stop sign turn right, go down the one
block to the next street and turn left. This road will take you all
the way down to the national park where it ends. The drive is
about a four miles long through twisting and turning roads that have
wonderful views of the coast.
flies out of small terminal is about 100 meters north of the main
exit from international airport.
flies out of the smaller Pavas airport about
20 minutes away. It
costs around $53 each way with either airline and takes 25 minutes.
If you are flying into the main airport and are trying to make a
connecting flight to Quepos, you will need to exit the main
terminal after going through customs and immigration. If you have a
lot of baggage, you can take a cab and ask the driver to take you to
the Sansa terminal, the cost will be about a dollar. It is not far
but it might be just a lot easier. If you would like to walk, go to
your left outside the arrivals door and to the main road in front of
the airport where the buses stop. Walk up the street to your
left. Walk for about two minutes and you will get to a parking lot
on your left and at the far end will be the Sansa terminal. You can
buy your ticket here at the counter if you have not bought it ahead on-line
(recommneded in high season).
Private airport pick up/drop off by El Paraiso
We can pick you up
and take you directly to your destination.
Private transportation companies
Transportation Costa Rica
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