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Transport in Monteverde

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Transport in Monteverde

Monteverde seems quite spread out. We like hikes & visiting on foot but how do you get around if no car? Are there good local bus services/ shuttles? Do most hotels offer shuttle services?

How about bus/ coach services from San Jose to Monteverde? Is this the best way to get there (the idea of the ground-level experience/"local colour" is quite appealing) or will we wish we hadn't?

First trip to Costa Rica (2 adults). Arrive 3rd March, leave 14th. Not awash with money but not on tight budget. Plan on visiting Monteverde & Manuel Antonio (& perhaps Tortuguero).

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Good evening Palois!

There is a Public Bus that goes to Santa Elena few times a day. Other than that local transportation within Monteverde is kinda scarce for not saying none. Most hotels will call a cab for you upon request. Coach Service from San Jose to Monteverde will be around US$140 and it's a very scenic way to get to the Rain forest in Monteverde, in about 3 hours. Lots of photo opps during this ride. You would enjoy it.

It is much easier getting around within Manuel Antonio and Quepos (PRIVATE SERVICE SAN JOSE-MANUEL ANTONIO IS ABOUT $140). The bus runs every 30 minutes from Quepos to Manuel Antonio Beach (charges $25 cents) , and all the Hotels are located along the road that communicates both places.

In Tortuguero you wouldn't really need a car. You can get there either by a small plane or a private shuttle ($160 EACH WAY).

Let me know if you have further questions and please enjoy Costa Rica!!

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You can book private transportation for approximately $120 from SJO to Monteverde. Go to arenal.net for info and prices

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it's super duper easy to get around in Monteverde, with the 'cabs' (more like vans). Any time we needed to go somewhere, the hotel front desk would call and a vehicle would arrive. The first day, we made the mistake of walking from our hotel (Finca Valverde, in Santa Elena) to the dairy - we'd been led to believe it was close but it was a couple hour trek, in part because we had young kids. We also had to walk on the road for much of it (no sidewalks for long stretches). Needless to say, we rode back in vans! (the barista at the cafe next to CASEM Co-op called for us)

We got to Santa Elena from San Ramon (and then S.E. to San Jose) via private driver - I'm not sure what we paid because it was part of our overall package. We had 12 people on the SR to SE section, but split up [7 and 5, on separate days] for the return. Our family had the same driver for both segments, and he was friendly and fairly conversational in English (plus my husband is semi-conversational in Spanish). He stopped at "local color" kinds of restaurants both times - the second stop, a bus full of passengers arrived right after us! So even if you go with a driver, it might not be as 'boring' as you might think!

Enjoy your trip!

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