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How To Get To Santa Teresa Costa Rica (Local Guide)

How To Get To Santa Teresa Costa Rica (Local Guide)

Once you land at a Costa Rican airport, it’s time to start planning your route to your destination.

Having lived in Costa Rica, we have a decent idea of what it takes to get around. This has allowed us to offer assistance to tourists who are hoping to get to Santa Teresa efficiently.

Santa Teresa is situated far out from the closest Costa Rican Airport.

This means a person flying in is going to have to figure out what the best way to get there is. Most people are going to be looking at renting a car but we will shed light on other options too.

In essence, you are going to be traveling 150+ kilometers from San Jose International Airport to Santa Teresa. As you can imagine, you are not going to be walking to Santa Teresa!

Let’s take a look at what your options are to get to Santa Teresa in Costa Rica.

Best Ways To Get To Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Car

We will start with one of the simpler options a tourist is going to have once they are in the country.

The idea here is to grab a rental car from San Jose International Airport at a set rate and then begin the 150-kilometer drive out to Santa Teresa. We do like this option because it’s going to be the fastest option with the most control.

Of course, you might not feel like driving that far and this is up to you.

In general, to do this the right way, you are going to have to take Route 27 and it’s going to take you straight to Puntarenas. This should take around 90 minutes depending on the traffic. As soon as you are there, you are going to have to take the ferry.

The ferry is going to take you to Paquera.

How long is the ferry to Paquera going to take? It is likely going to take an hour depending on the conditions. We would recommend planning things a bit and looking at the ferry schedule before going into this process.

You will want to ensure you have time to get the ticket.

At this point, you are going to continue driving to Mal Pais on the road you’re on. This is going to go straight to Playa Carmen after an hour. Now, you are going to continue driving for a few more minutes until you are in Santa Teresa.

Flight

What if you want to fly to Santa Teresa?

You do have the option of taking a domestic flight in the direction of Santa Teresa. The flight itself is going to take you to Tambor.

You can book a connecting flight from San Jose International Airport to Tambor. This is going to allow you to get closer and it’s going to be a short flight. It should take less than thirty minutes based on what we have seen.

We recommend going with Sansa, which is an established airline and tends to offer good-quality seating. It’s a short flight but you will want the experience to be a good one.

Now, you are going to rent a car and drive 30 minutes to Mal Pais and then a few more minutes until you get to Santa Teresa in Costa Rica.

A lot of people don’t like doing this because it is costly. However, you are going to save a bit of time by cutting out the long drive to the ferry and then the ferry itself.

Bus

It’s common for people to want to save money or not drive when they are in a new country such as Costa Rica.

We are aware of this reality and we do the same most of the time.

In essence, you just want to get on a bus or shuttle and go to your required destination. We have done this route and you are going to be looking at taking the bus from San Jose International Airport. This is going to be running twice a day.

You are going to pay around $12 and it is going to take almost 7 hours to get to the ferry.

This is going to take you across the water in 70 minutes and then you are going to take a taxi to Santa Teresa.

It’s essential to be prepared for this because you are going to end up paying around $19 when you are completing the trip to Santa Teresa by bus and taxi.

Final Thoughts

These are the best methods to get to Santa Teresa in Costa Rica.

We know this is going to be confusing but it can be done as long as you plan things out. Get the tickets you need and/or set up a rental car depending on your budget.

There are pros and cons to each option, so choose the one that works for you.


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