HOW TO GET TO SANTA TERESA BEACH

About Us We are Santa Teresa Vacations the Local Expert Planner, we are also recognized as the # 1 Transportation company in Santa Teresa according to Tripadvisor reviews but more than that we would like to be your friends on your next trip to Costa Rica, it is for this reason that we put at your disposal the different ways of get to Santa Teresa with your pros and cons so that you can analyze them and reserve the one that best suits your needs and at the same time we are at your disposal to answer any questions or queries that you have either through a whatsapp message, a call, or send us an email which you can find at the end of this presentation. Overview Costa Rica offers a lot of awesome scenery that you should not miss upon your visit and one of the top favorites is the Sta. Teresa Beach in the Mal Pais area. It is a tiny beach village sitting on the western side of the Nicoya Peninsula. This once laid-back town surprisingly blossomed into a promising travel destination but still keeping its pristine and peaceful ambiance. At present, its gorgeous white sandy beach is labeled as a world-class surfing spot. The beach is about 150 km away from San Jose International Airport. The good thing is that despite the off beaten path, there are several transportation options to take you to your chosen destination. These include private transport, shared transport, domestic flight, charter flight, taxiboat, public transport, and helicopter. But first, you have to consider factors such as your budget, routes, and length of stay. This way, you can identify one or a combination of transportation options that fit you and your group.  

Below, we offer a detailed description of the specific travel modes. Remember, each mode varies in comfort and flexibility.

BY LAND


Public Transport

If you are budget restricted, your best option is to take public transport. There is a public bus that operates twice daily but remember that they take frequent stops to pick up and drop off passengers. Hence, be ready for a slow and quite exhausting trip.

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Shared Transport

Shared transportation or shuttle service is an air-conditioned coaster (mini bus) that travels from most popular towns in Costa Rica. It operates daily with multiple departure times the entire day. However, shuttle service is not like a public transport. It is subject to availability and prior reservation is required. Getting a shuttle service also allows passengers to stretch out, grab a snack, and use the destination's facilities. Often, it provided the ease of a door-to-door pickup and drop off. However, there are instances when the hotel is not within the central hotel area and you will be advised to take a taxi.

Taxi Boat

Santa Teresa/Malpais taxi boats are a popular mode of transport . The boat will depart Jaco and arrive in Montezuma, where a shuttle will be waiting to drive you to Santa Teresa/Malpais.  

The boat ride is typically about 1 hour. It is a beautiful ride, where sometimes you can see whales, dolphins specially in the months of August, September, October and November and other sea life as well as the gorgeous coast line and islands. The boat can hold around 15 people. The taxi boat runs trips daily between Jaco and Montezuma. We will arrange the boat and shuttle ( San Jose Airport, Manuel Antonio ) to assure you a smooth trip. 

 

Rental Car

There are several rental car companies with offices in Sta. Teresa. It is advisable to pick a rental car company that has a satellite office in Sta. Teresa so you can just rent it for part of the time and not your whole trip. You can rent a car to take you to the town and drop it when you're there. The rental car can pick you up from any of the 3 airports.

Private Transport

Guests travelling to Sta. Teresa often underestimate the driving conditions and distances. To save yourself from the hassle, we highly recommend taking private transport. Private transport not only offers the greatest flexibility with your travel schedule, but it is also safer and more convenient. You can schedule it as you wish and the driver will pick you up from the airport, private home, hotel, or any other landmark in Sta. Teresa. Likewise, it gives you more opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the town by taking photographs, eating meals, and even taking comfort room breaks. Private transport vehicles are all air-conditioned and well-maintained passenger vans with professional Costa Rican drivers.

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Domestic Flight ( Fly to Tambor / Taxi to Santa Teresa )

Taking domestic flights can be a very convenient option depending on your route. Travel between destinations through ground transport can last up to 5 hours. Meanwhile, a domestic flight only takes 25 minutes going to Tambor Airport, which is definitely a time-saver. 

There are 3 domestic flight providers ( Aerobell, Sansa, Green Airways ) in Costa Rica, which operates daily. 2 are situated in the Alajuela province both area flies on Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), Alajuela and one is in Pavas in San Jose Metropolitan area.  

All of them have strict reservation, cancellation, and luggage restriction policies that are important to understand prior to booking.  

This option is ideal if you have a short stay in Sta, and the travel time is much shorter. 25 'from flight aircraft + 45' from Tambor Airport to Santa Teresa.

Charter Flights ( Helicopter )

Dreaming about a luxury getaway to Sta. Teresa Beach? Well, we couldn't think of anything more luxurious than by flying on a chopper or helicopter. This is certainly the best choice for those who want to fly in style and with no budget limits.  

VIP charter flights are available all year round but with exceptions during severely bad weather. The helicopter will fly your group to Mal Pais / Santa Teresa . You can book for a group of 4, 6, with prices ranging from $500 to a few thousand dollars.

BELL 206 B3

  • Operated from Juan Santa Maria International Airport ( SJO ) 
  • Operated from Pavas International Airport ( SYQ ) 
  • Operated from Liberia International Airport ( LIR )

BELL 407

  • Operated from Juan Santa Maria International Airport ( SJO )
  • Operated from Pavas International Airport ( SYQ ) 
  • Operated from Liberia International Airport ( LIR )

Charter Flights ( Aircraft )

Opting for charter flights to Tambor Airport and the a private ground transfer to Santa Teresa gives you an incredible experience like no other. Imagine the sun, san, and surf treatment upo landing and the sightseeing adventure onboard. Just like domestic flights, a charter flight can save you travel and waiting time. Plus, you have the entire jet for you and your group.  


Cesna 206

  • Operated from Juan Santa Maria International Airport ( SJO )
  • Operated from Pavas International Airport ( SYQ ) 
  • Operated from Liberia International Airport ( LIR ) 

Piper Seneca

  • Operated from Juan Santa Maria International Airport ( SJO )
  • Operated from Pavas International Airport ( SYQ ) 
  • Operated from Liberia International Airport ( LIR ) 

Cesna Grand Caravan

  • Operated from Juan Santa Maria International Airport ( SJO )
  • Operated from Pavas International Airport ( SYQ ) 
  • Operated from Liberia International Airport ( LIR ) 

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