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Getting to puerto viejo from San Jose 12:30pm arrival

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Ronkonkoma, New York
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Getting to puerto viejo from San Jose 12:30pm arrival

I have been reading a lot of forums around getting to PV. We are staying our first 2 nights at La costa de papito. We are arriving at sjo at 12:30 pm on jan 15th. If we take a taxi to the terminal how long should we expect to take to get to terminal once we arrive? Also I'm reading that its best to book our ticket in advance? Im not sure we will make the last interval bus @ 330p.

Ronkonkoma, New York
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1. Re: Getting to puerto viejo from San Jose 12:30pm arrival

Correction... I see gecko trails picks up at the airport for $55 pp. does anyone know if they can take us directly to our lodging? Thanks

Chicago, Illinois
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2. Re: Getting to puerto viejo from San Jose 12:30pm arrival

You can email them, keep in mind if you prearrange a transfer and your plane it late, you may be charged anyway as they wait/scheduled a van for you. usually the take you to your lodging.

Its about 35 minutes from SJ to the Atlantico North terminal, it changed recently.

puertoviejosatellite.com/transport.php#bus

Other option here is just get a bus to Limon, then a bus to Pt Viejo, of taxi hire from Limon...

Edited: 3:21 pm, January 09, 2013
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3. Re: Getting to puerto viejo from San Jose 12:30pm arrival

Why not asking them directly? But since La Costa del Papito is 1 mile south from PV they will probably deliver you to hotel door.

Edited: 3:45 pm, January 09, 2013
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4. Re: Getting to puerto viejo from San Jose 12:30pm arrival

They will drop you off at Costa de Papito, but i think they have to have three passengers on the van to open up the route, so email them and see if they will be driving that day. You should not have a problem getting the direct bus at 4 pm, or if you are travelling lite, you can even take a bus to Limon and the to Puerto Viejo, since you have to exchange buses and terminals in Limon.

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5. Re: Getting to puerto viejo from San Jose 12:30pm arrival

Cabanon is right about the buses but you much time your journey to arrive in Limon before the last bus to PV leaves at 6:00pm. Allow a good three hours for the journey to be on the safe side although it should only take 2 and a half from San Jose to Limon. Have a great trip!

Texas
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6. Re: Getting to puerto viejo from San Jose 12:30pm arrival

I just read this, hopefully you have internet access w/you. If you get to the Caribenos terminal in time for the last bus, you can go all the way to Costa de Papito, the bus stops right there, you can avoid some of the extra taxi cost. And, no need to get bus ticket ahead of time, they always say that, but you can purchase it at the window just before you take the bus. Those buses do run on schedule, so it might be an iffy situation, just play it by ear, after you clear customs, etc.

Good luck, enjoy!

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Just take the bus...it will be a lot cheaper...and they will stop by Costa de Papito...

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8. Re: Getting to puerto viejo from San Jose 12:30pm arrival

Correction on the terminal, it has to be Terminal San Carlos, that is what taxi drivers will recognise as where you need to be.

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9. Re: Getting to puerto viejo from San Jose 12:30pm arrival

Also the only direct bus from San Jose that goes by Costa de Papito is the 12 noon bus, it goes to Manzanillo, the other buses stop in Puerto Viejo, you'll need to get a taxi from there to Costa de Papito. The Caribeños bus terminal buses will take you to Limon and not Puerto Viejo, unless something has change lately.

Texas
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10. Re: Getting to puerto viejo from San Jose 12:30pm arrival

Does this make the distance less from the airport hotels less than the old location? Or another area such as Alajuela hotels?

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