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Fernie, Canada
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Traveling to Santa Teresa

Hi there, we are two Canadians heading to Santa Teresa from May 1 until May 15. We have a bunch of questions!

We are planning on budgeting our trip the best we can.

How much are we looking at per day for meals? If we buy groceries at the supermarket will it be cheaper?

What is the cheapest way to get from Liberia airport to Santa Teresa, or what are some options?

What is the weather like early May?

THANKS!!

Santa Teresa, Costa...
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for Mal Pais, Santa Teresa
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1. Re: Traveling to Santa Teresa

Hi!

If you are on a budget, you will likely be eating at 'sodas' which serve typical Costa Rican food (mainly rice and beans). Breakfast is usually eggs (generally scrambled) with gallo pinto (rice and beans) and tortillas or bread. You will pay about $5.

Lunch and dinner can be a casado (rice, beans, vegetables and or salad, and a protein of your choice of either fish fillet, pork chop, chicken, or beef) which will run anywhere from $5-10 depending on the soda.

If you go for pizza, burgers, pasta...you will be paying about $12 and more. You will find many restaurants that will be within your budget. Many restaurants have a copy of their menu available to look at before you decide you want to eat there. You will have to just find your way around to the places in the area and see what suits you. The most expensive item on the menus are alcoholic beverages.

If you have a kitchen where you are staying, you can save some money buying fruit, beer, and beverages and what you would eat for breakfast and/or lunch and go out for dinner....If you are buying food that you find common 'at home' you will be paying a lot more that 'at home' because it is imported and costly due to importation and transportation.

For transportation from Liberia, I would suggest taking a shuttle. The cost is around $45-55. I know that there are a couple of shuttles that service the route between Liberia and Santa Teresa, you may want to try Interbus or Montezuma Expeditions to start with. Other than that, the least expensive way would be by public bus and that is an all day adventure because it stops at every small town and pueblo and goes to Puntarenas where you would have to transfer to the ferry and catch a connector when the ferry docks in Paquera.

The rains have begun early this year and you will likely get sunny mornings and possible rain in the afternoon or overnight. But, it will be warm!

Fernie, Canada
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2. Re: Traveling to Santa Teresa

Thank you for all the great information!

We have been looking into shuttles, but we are having a hard time finding a shuttle in the afternoon since we arrive at 1145am.

We are considering renting a car and dropping it off when we get there.

For the supermarket, if you are buying Costa Rican style food, is it cheaper?

and is beer inexpensive when you buy it outside of the restaurants?

Thanks!

Santa Teresa, Costa...
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for Mal Pais, Santa Teresa
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3. Re: Traveling to Santa Teresa

You might find it less expensive to rent a car and drop it in Santa Teresa, so don't discount that option....although, I think it is less expensive if you rent a vehicle for a three day period as opposed to a single day. If you rent through Budget, they offer an option to hire someone to drive you to where you are going. You might look into this as well.

Yes, buying items at the supermarket is less expensive than at a restaurant, especially alcohol!

If you are looking at making your own meals, you will also have to consider your time to make the meal and the clean-up....who wants to do that on vacation every day?! Sometimes it could be cheaper to go out for dinner....when you are eating a typical casado...I would say it is less expensive to go out than make it yourself...it is filling and covers all of your food groups. Santa Teresa has many supermarkets!

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