Detailed Trip Planning

Step 1

Flights to/from Costa Rica

International Airport:

Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), 17 km outside San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.

Airlines:

American, United, Frontier, COPA Panama, Delta, US Air, Continental, America West, Southwest, LACSA, Mexicana, and Taca airlines fly to Costa Rica.

A travel search engine we highly recommend is www.kayak.com

We recommend that you allow 2 hrs between your international and domestic flights on both ends of your trip for customs, baggage claim, and ticketing.

Step 2

Getting to us from SJO:

There are two ways of getting to/from Santa Teresa: a domestic flight or shuttle bus. We highly recommend the flight, as it allows for more time at the beach.

 

Domestic Flight:

If you’re looking to squeeze every ounce of vacation time in, we recommend booking a 30-minute puddle jumper flight on Sansa airlines ($60-100), leaving from SJO and arriving in Tambor.

Sansa departs right next door to the San Jose airport. These flights are part of the adventure and will start your trip off right with a beautiful flight over the Costa Rican jungle to the Nicoya Peninsula.

Once in Tambor, expect a 1-hour taxi ride. Taxis cost approximately $50/each way for 1-4 people and $15 for each additional person. We will schedule a taxi to pick you up in Tambor, so look for a sign with your party’s name or the “Pura Vida Adventures” sign.

There are a limited number of flights and seats to Tambor, so make your reservation early!

SANSA AIRLINES

Located at the San Jose, Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO).
www.flysansa.com | [email protected] | 011-(506) 2290-4100 | Toll free USA: 1-877-767-2672

Rates: One-way $55-$112, plus tax

 

Daily Shuttle Bus

We have partnered with Montezuma Expeditions to provide you with shuttle bus services to/from Santa Teresa.

The shuttle bus leaves San Jose and Santa Teresa daily and will pick you up at the airport or your hotel. The price is $50/per person each way.

The shuttle ride is an approximate 6 hour drive through Costa Rica’s picturesque countryside, including a 90-minute ferry ride on the Golfo de Nicoya.

Please contact Montezuma Expeditions directly at
Montezuma Expeditions,
Email or call 011- (506) 2441-3394.

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Hotels in San Jose

If you need to stay the night in San Jose, we recommend the following hotels:

Hotel Presidente

Central San Jose near shops and restaurants, includes breakfast
www.hotel-presidente.com
(011) 506-257-8525 | [email protected]

Standard Room for 1-2 people: $105.19-$150 + 13% tax

Hotel Fleur de Lys

Victorian House converted into a hotel, includes breakfast
http://www.hotelfleurdelys.com/
(011)506-223-1206 | [email protected]

Standard Single: $78-$100 = 13% tax
Double: $76-$86 + 13% tax

Best Western Irazu

Close to Airport, full breakfast
www.bestwestern.com
(011)506-2520-2483 or 800-528-1234

Room for 1-2 people: $93.75-$150 + 13% tax

Marriott Hotel San Jose

Close to Airport
http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/sjocr
(011)506-298-0000 or 1-800-228-9290

Rooms for up to four people: $159-$200 + 13% tax

Los Volcanes Alejuela

Simple, clean hotel near the airport, Alejuela, includes breakfast, complementary taxi to airport
www.hotellosvolcanes.com
[email protected] | (011)-506-2441-0525

Accommodation with shared bathroom: $35 single, $46 double, $60 triple
Accommodation with private bathroom: $46 single, $60 double, $74 triple

Solo Travel

Costa Rica is a beautiful country and a perfect place for solo travelers to meet like-minded people, seek adventure, and explore an entirely different culture. In fact, about 30 percent of our students come to our surf and yoga retreats as solo travelers! If you have anxiety about traveling alone, check out our Solo Traveler section for specific details, articles, and information about the safety and fun of traveling in Central America.

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