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Getting Around

Before you come: Make sure you have your passport updated, having not less than six months before your passport expires.

Car Rentals: You can book a car before you arrive, at the airport, from your hotel or from several car rental offices in various cities. Of course you will get better rates if you rent before you arrive, you will want to check out our car rental page as you will surely save money if you rent through us. . If you have been here before you may want a car awaiting you at the airport. Or, you may want to have a taxi take you to your hotel and have a car ready for you when you want to start travelling around the country. You may want public transportation (taxis and/or buses) for local travel, and only want a car for leaving the city and heading out to the rest of the country. In any case, you can ask us for our recommendation as to what will fit your bill the best, and we will be happy to help you. Booking in advance can work in your favor by ensuring that you get the type of vehicle you are seeking and which is appropriate for the type of adventure you are seeking-there are areas available only via 4-wheel drive, and then perhaps you are only going from San Jose to your hotel in Guanacaste and don't need something so heavy. Don't hesitate to contact us and ask for a recommendation.

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Taxis: The official airport cabs are orange, and are available upon your arrival. From the San Jose airport into town is approximately $15.00, and many of the drivers speak English or other languages. In town, taxis are plentiful and relatively inexpensive. The meters, today, start at 265 colones (do not confuse with $2.65), which is closer to 50 cents in USA currency. Meters, nowadays, run for distance and time, but still are a very good bargain. For tooling around town, you can avoid seeking parking, parking fees, local driving "customs" (some of which are quite "exciting"). Also, there are many taxis which you can hire by the day, or to take you on the long distance jaunts you may require. This, of course, will not be metered, but negotiated. However, in town you should be able to see a working meter. Use the red cabs that have the triangle visible on the car doors. There are several companies, but all have this symbol, and are reputable companies. You may get an offer from a "pirate taxi" - what we might call in North America a "gypsy cab". These are big gamble. You can get cheated, robbed and stranded or have a perfectly fine trip. However, the risk of an unpleasantness is not to be minimized or ignored, and the savings you might do not even approach the angst you will experience.

Private Shuttles and other Private/Luxury Land Transportation services: there are several companies that offer private or shared transfers to hotels and areas of touristic interest. We can arrange transfers for you in some of the most confortable buses and shuttles available. These services can be booked though us at discount rates. Please contact us for more information.

Tour Buses:A bit slower than a car, and more to being pulled over by Immigration to check passports, they are a safe way to travel. You also can enjoy the countryside without worrying about driving. Buses that head all the way to Panama or Nicaragua quite often have air conditioning, and some show movies if you are making the long haul. Make sure you arrive early, in order to make sure you get a seat, as a 6-hour ride standing can be quite a strain. If you buy your ticket before the day of your trip, it is even better.

Public City Buses: You can get anywhere. Buses are very inexpensive here, and there is no transfer system. For every bus you need, in whatever direction, you pay a separate fare. But keep in mind that fares run from the equivalent of $0.30 to $0.50 and the seats may not be very confortable and there might not be space for luggage.

Air Travel: There are many airports in Costa Rica. Juan Santamaria (SJO) and Liberia (LIR) are the airports used for international travel. All main airlines can be accessed by these airports. Private charter flights can put you down and/or pick you up anywhere in the country, just about. Tell us what you want....we will arrange it.

Airport CodeCity/Airport NameRegion
BCLBarra ColoradoNorth Caribbean Region
BAIBuenos AiresSouth Pacific
CSCCañasNorth Pacific Region
RIKCarrilloNorth Pacific Region
OTRCoto 47
FMGFlamingoNorth Pacific Region
GFTGolfitoSouth Pacific
GPLGuápilesCaribbean
LIRLiberiaNorth Pacific Region
LIOLimónCaribbean
LSLLos ChilesNorthern Region
NCTNicoya, GuanacasteNorth Pacific Region
NOBNosara BeachNorth Pacific Region
PMZPalmar SurSouth Pacific
PLDPlaya SámaraNorth Pacific Region
PJMPuerto JiménezSouth Pacific
XQPQueposCentral Pacific
RFRRío FríoCaribbean Dish
SJOSan José SantamaríaCental Valley
SZCSanta Cruz GuanacasteNorth Pacific Region
TNOTamarindoNorth Pacific Region
TMUTamborNorth Pacific Region
TTQTortugeroCaribbean Dish
UPLUpalaNorthern Region


Remember, we are here to make your vacation truly yours, and if you let us know what it is you want, chances are Costa Rica can provide it.



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