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travel to Manuel Antonio

We are visiting Costa Rica and fly into San Jose on July 22 at noon. We have reservations at Hotel Plinio near Manuel Antonio for two nights. Is there bus or van service from the airport - or do we need to rent a car? Thanks for any help.

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1. Re: travel to Manuel Antonio

There are shared shuttles like Interbus or Grayline that will pick you up. However it is not right at the airport but at some hotels quite close but across a busy highway so not really conducive fr walking. There is actually a free shuttle from the airport to take you to the Hampton or Garden Court hotles where you can get the shuttle to MA. (For the Interbus schedule use Rio Segundo as the origin for the airport area.



Interbus schedule is is a departure for MA at 3.00 PM

You can also consider flying on one of the commuter airlies Sansa or naturair. its about a 15 minte flight. Natureair does leave from a different airport about 25 minute away by cab.



You can hire a private driver to be waiting for you when your flight arrives.

The public buses do not stop at the airport, so if you think of taking one you would have to get to the Coca Cola Bus station area in San Jose.

Or as you say another option is renting a car. Since you arrive at noon, if all goes smoothly you should get there before dark.


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Thank you very much - this is very helpful information.

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Raquel has basically provided all best alternatives. Maybe the shuttle services provided by Interbus or Grayline, work best for you. They are a little more expensive, but comfortable, neat, AC and will drop you off at your Hotel.

The Coca Cola Bus Station is a good option if you are out of budget. Buses leave 4 times a day, at 6.00am, 12pm, 4pm, and 6 pm.

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I always have a private van pick me up when I land so no hassle and confusion. There is not always taxis or anything out there.

For an airport transfer that is private and reasonable booking activities I recommend e-mailing and working with Arellys Rios she owns a acompany/internet cafe Espadilla Tours Tel +506 777-5334 or e-mail arellysmonge@yahoo.com

She does not charge the large surcharge the hotels charge and puts you nito the best tours. For zipline book Dream Forest, I think they have the better one in MA.

Here is a link You Tube on her and her services


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We had a man named George who picked us up at the San Jose (Alajuela) airport and drove us to Quepos. He was WONDERFUL. He doesn't speak much English, but he was very attentive to our needs. Stopped or offered to stop at every scenic overlook between the airport and Quepos so we could take pictures, go to the bathroom, etc. We especially enjoyed walking across the bridge at Rio Tarcoles to see the big crocs. I don't have direct contact info for him, but you can book him through Las Cascadas, where we stayed. lascascadas840@hotmail.com He was also slightly less expensive than some of the other private driver services I priced - well worth the $$$$.

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I always use interbus, with minimal hassle. its cheaper to get ur own taxi from the airport to the pickup point rather than gert their specific transfer. It only costs $2 then.

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