I think it's clear from the forums that transportation is confusing and a huge concern of travelers! Thanks to everyone who helps try to clear up travel issues....
We are traveling in May 2014....We are looking at a flight that arrives at SJO (MUCH cheaper than LIberia) at 11:50.... how pushed for time will we be to get to the bus station to catch the 2:00 directo bus? And will that cab still be about $30 (split between people??)....
I think this is correct:
Land in SJO in Allejua 11:50 am --> cab to San Carlos Bus terminal actually in San Jose by 1:00 pm? ($30 total) --> Pay $14 pp and check luggage below bus 2:00pm --> Luggage stays on bus, board ferry $1.40 pp --> Montezuma around 8:00 pm
Pay $14 pp and check luggage below bus 2:30 pm --> Luggage stays on bus, board ferry $1.40 pp --> Arrive at San Carlos Bus terminal in San Jose around 8:30 pm --> cab to Allejua to airport for flight ($30 split) (might stay here for the night and catch early morning flight out)
Also, were a group of female friends (3-4 total) in our mid to late twenties visiting for a fun and adventurous trip. Were looking forward to the beach, hikes and adventure and local nightlife. Our budget for a hotel is $90-125 per night. Does Montezuma sound like a good fit? Will it be completely dead in May? Also... El Sano Banano or Montezuma Pacifico? Thanks so much for any help/advice!