Villas Hermosas Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

HOW TO GET HERE

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There are two international airports in Costa Rica: San Jose (SJO) and Liberia (LIR). To get to Villas Hermosas from either International Airport, you can travel by road or small plane. If you have a choice in your international airport, we find flying into San Jose offers more options and better roads to get to our area.

By Plane:

There are two major airlines to choose from -

You will fly from San Jose or Liberia into Tambor (30 minute flight from San Jose, no direct flights from Liberia). From there we can arrange a cab for $50 to bring you the rest of the way (45 minutes), or you can hire one of the many cab drivers usually waiting at the airport. Alternatively you can rent a car in Tambor:

Be sure to leave enough time between your International and your local flight. You may have to spend a night in San Jose or Liberia. We recommend the following hotels:

 

San Jose

 

Liberia

By Rental Car:

If you are going to drive yourself, we recommend renting a car with four-wheel drive, especially in the green season. The roads in Costa Rica can be challenging. Also be prepared for an amazing lack of signage to help you along the way!

 

From San Jose:

There are now two ways to drive to the ferry terminal in Puntarenas. The new toll Caldera Highway was completed in Jan/10. This is about an hour faster than the old route via the Interamericana Highway and will cost you around $5 in tolls along the way.

 

NEW WAY: Most of the airport car rental agencies have offices across Route 1 from the airport. When you exit the rental agency, return to Route 1 by driving on the access road between the Holiday Inn (on the left) and the Denny’s restaurant/Fiesta Casino (on the right), then turning right. You must immediately cross into the left lane and turn left onto the exit lane to Route 1. Merge onto Route 1 and continue past the airport terminal turnoff. Immediately after passing the turnoff into the airport, you will be in the left lane (“San Ramon”); stay in that lane rather than the right lane, which exits to Alajuela and check your odometer reading. Continue on Route 1, about 7 kilometers, and look for a pair of bridges spanning the highway (one bridge is concrete, the other is a steel truss bridge) and turn right off the highway onto a ramp that circles to the right and puts you on the truss bridge. Cross the highway and continue straight for about 3 kilometers. Nearing Route 27, you will cross a railroad track and immediately come to a traffic circle. Follow the traffic circle and turn right onto the Autopista (the sign says “Orotina” or “Caldera”). Stay on this highway, following signs for Caldera and Puntarenas. From Puntarenas you will want to take the ferry to Paquera. As ferry times are constantly changing, it is always a good idea to check beforehand at http://www.navieratambor.com/horarios-y-tarifas. We now have 2 larger ferries, the Tambor II and Tambor III, so it is no longer necessary to plan your trip around the bigger ferry, either will work. After the 1-hour scenic ferry ride, you arrive in Paquera. From there you will drive west through Tambor and Cobano, then follow the signs to “Mal País/Santa Teresa”. In the crossroads of town (“Frank’s Place”) you will turn right. Drive through Santa Teresa, into Playa Hermosa (approximately 6kms. from the crossroads) until you come to “Villas Hermosas”. Turn left. This is a four-to-five hour trip, not including any wait for the ferry.

 

OLD WAY: You will drive northwest along the Interamericana Highway, about two hours until you come to the port town of Puntarenas. You will want to take the ferry to Paquera. As ferry times are constantly changing, it is always a good idea to check beforehand at http://www.navieratambor.com/horarios-y-tarifas. We now have 2 larger ferries, the Tambor II and Tambor III, so it is no longer necessary to plan your trip around the bigger ferry, either will work. After the 1-hour scenic ferry ride, you arrive in Paquera. From there you will drive west through Tambor and Cobano, then follow the signs to “Mal País/Santa Teresa”. In the crossroads of town (“Frank’s Place”) you will turn right. Drive through Santa Teresa, into Playa Hermosa (approximately 6kms. from the crossroads) until you come to “Villas Hermosas”. Turn left. This is a five-to-six hour trip, not including any wait for the ferry.

 

From Liberia:

You will drive south towards Guardia, then continue to Santa Cruz, Nicoya, towards Carmona, Jicaral, Lepanto, then Playa Naranjo. You will continue along the same road through Paquera, Tambor, then Cobano. Follow the signs to “Santa Teresa/Santa Teresa”. In the crossroads of town (“Frank’s Place”) you will turn right. Drive through Santa Teresa, into Playa Hermosa (approximately 6kms. from the crossroads) until you come to “Villas Hermosas”. Turn left. This is about a five-hour trip.

Alternatively, you can travel the same route through Santa Cruz, Nicoya, and towards Carmona, but in Jicaral head south using the back road to Cobano. From Cobano follow the signs to “Santa Teresa/Santa Teresa”. In the crossroads of town (“Frank’s Place”) you will turn right. Drive through Santa Teresa, into Playa Hermosa (approximately 6kms. from the crossroads) until you come to “Villas Hermosas”. Turn left. This can be slightly less than a five-hour trip.

 

To help you visualize these long car trips, please check out www.mapcr.com/PDF/CostaRicaMapComplimentsMapCR_com.pdf for great detailed maps.

By Shuttle:

If you would like transport arranged for you by ground, please ask and we will be happy to arrange a shuttle van. These air-conditioned and comfortable tourist mini-buses will pick you up from your hotel or SJO airport in San Jose, and transport you directly to Villas Hermosas for a cost of $55/person for a public shuttle (leaves at a set time twice daily in the high season, once daily in the green season). A private shuttle that leaves whenever you want (dependent on ferry sailings) is $300/trip, up to 4 passengers, extras would be $15/each. There is also a $220 private shuttle option that drops you off at the ferry with your bags, and another van picks you up on the other side of the water. For shuttles from Liberia, please ask for details.