What is the best way to travel from Monteverde to Santa Teresa? How long will it take to make this trip?
The best is with your own rent a car...about 6 to 7 hours...including good ferry connections...and ferry time...
Depends on what time of the year you are traveling.
If you want an adventure, drive across the bridge at the top of the Gulf of Nicoya and drive the very rough road and see some real Costa Rica. Or like roadadvisor suggested, take the ferry, but this route takes you along the main highway and then through the city of Puntarenas and across the ferry at the lower end of the gulf which puts you onto the road that is still very bad and rough, just not as long of a rough road.
There are numerous routes on the Nicoya Peninsula that are even more of an adventure crossing rivers which are accessible only during the dry season.
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Is it possible to rent a car in Monteverde, drive to Santa Teresa and then drop the rental car off in San Jose?
High dropp off charges in Monteverde sorry!
Probably less hassle and less cash out-put if you hire a driver or take a shuttle. When you are in Santa Teresa, hire a car or a quad for the time you are here, then shuttle back to the central valley, or take the direct bus.
Thanks for the input. Wefish88 you mentioned taking a shuttle rather than renting a car, I couldn't find a tourist bus/shuttle that travelled down the coast as I was hoping from Monteverde to travel to Tamarindo, Nosara and Santa Teresa. Do you know what tourist bus companies travel down the peninsula or is the local bus the only option?
try this site: http://thecostaricashuttle.com/
it gives you an idea of the options and the many companies that can be of service to various parts of the country.