You can get to Hotel Costa Verde from San José by air, rental car, bus or taxi.
Sansa Regional Airline, a domestic airline, has approximately five flights every day between San Jose and Quepos. The flights cost $63 per person each way. Flying time is approximately 25 minutes. These flights depart from Juan Santamaria International Airport.
Nature Air, another domestic airline, runs about 5 flights per day from San Jose’s commuter airport located in Pavas, a San Jose suburb. The flight costs $63. Flying time is approximately 25 minutes.
The public bus from San Jose to Hotel Costa Verde is another option. The express bus to Manuel Antonio leaves the terminal TRACOPA bus station in Plaza Gonzalez Viquez. The trip takes about 3 hours and will drop you off in front of Hotel Costa Verde – if you ask the driver. The trip only costs about $10.00.
Before opting for this means of transportation there are some things you should be aware of. The Tracopa terminal is not the safest place in San Jose. Though there is little violent crime, petty crime is rampant. Be sure to keep an extremely careful eye on your belongings – both at the bus station and while on the bus. Baggage stored in the bus’ baggage compartment is quite safe – but be sure to keep an eye on the items you bring on the bus – especially those you store above your head. Also, these buses are likely to be sold out, so it is best to buy your tickets at least one day in advance.
From San Jose to Quepos ~ tel: 506-2221-4214 (Spanish only)Departures: 6:00 am, 9:00 am,12:00 noon, 2:30 pm, 6:00 pm & 7:30 pmFrom Quepos to San Jose ~ tel: 506-2777-0263 (Spanish only)Departures: 4:00 am, 6:00 am, 9:30 am, 12:00 noon, 2:30 pm & 5:00 pm.
Costa Rica is one of the few countries in Latin America where the average American or European can be relatively safe and comfortable driving in the countryside. Be sure to get a map from the car rental agency (Adobe Rent a Car) and have them outline your route.
From the San Jose International Airport take the Pan-American Highway north. Take the Atenas exit 6 miles from the airport. Follow the road left over the bridge that crosses the Pan-American Highway Continue past Atenas’ town center to the villages of San Mateo and Orotina.
Four miles past Orotina take the Jaco & Quepos exit. This road is known as ‘La Costanera’. It is 70 miles from Orotina to Quepos.*Follow the main road through Quepos to Manuel Antonio. Hotel Costa Verde is located 3 miles after Quepos. Look for the “Costa Verde” sign after you pass El Avion Restaurant . El Avion is hard to miss because it’s centerpiece is a decommissioned C-123 airplane. (It will be on your right.) Hotel Costa Verde’s reception is on the left-hand side of the road.* After crossing the first wide river of your trip, known as the Rio Tarcoles, you are likely to see giant saltwater crocodiles lounging on the far sandbank. If you leave your car to walk to the middle of the bridge for the best view, make sure you lock it and don’t leave ANY important items in your car.
Taxi & Shuttle
Private taxi transfer is also available. You can reserve one yourself or have us arrange for a driver to meet you wherever you are. The cost for a taxi from San Jose to Quepos is approximately $180.Shuttle bus transfers ( Interbus, Grayline or Costa Rica Shuttle ) are also available from the airport and various towns throughout the country. A ticket is approximately $55 per person.