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San Jose - Malpais

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San Jose - Malpais


I am heading to Malpais on May 20th. My flight gets in at 12:30, not sure of the quickest way to get to the ferry. I was thinking of spliting a cab with my 3 companions? Anyone know a realistic travel time from San Jose to Malpais?

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11. Re: San Jose - Malpais

For a taxi, id email or call the hotel ahead and ask them to arrange one, usually there is cabs there, but better safe than sorry.

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12. Re: San Jose - Malpais

Make reservation for a tourist bus it's $35 to $40 and will take 6 hours. Your hotel in Mal Pais should be able to set it up for you. Otherwise you can probably rent from Budget and drop the car off at their office in Mal Pais.


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I'm in a similar situation- also headed to Mal Pais, and want to get there ASAP. Mone is an issue, but we want to make the most of the short amount of time we have there (we have to head to Arenal for a wedding 3 days later).

We arrive in San Jose at 1:20, and are planning on catching a Nature Air flight to Tambor at 2:30. I'm still wondering what the best way to get from Tambor to Mal Pais is...

Does anyone know the aproximate cost of a taxi ONLY from Tambor to Mal Pais?


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14. Re: San Jose - Malpais

caitwing, sorry, but you're NOT going to make your 2:30pm Nature Air flight. Figure 25-60 minutes to clear SJO International upon landing, then a ~25 min taxi to Pavas/Bolanos airport where Nature Air is located... And you need to check in 45 minutes prior to departure of your domestic flight.

Check to see if Sansa (www.flysansa.com) has a later flight. They leave from the domestic terminal around the corner at SJO.

Judging by recent posts and PMs, people seem to be getting taxi quotes from Tambor to Montezuma or Mal Pais in the $35-45 range. See what your Mal Pais accommodations quotes you for a pickup and then either take it or use that as a baseline for negotiating with a taxi in Tambor upon landing.

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15. Re: San Jose - Malpais

Thanks for posting.

I gather a taxi to Mal Pais is around $35 and takes about 45 mintues.

As per the flight from San Jose to Tambor- there's a 3:15 flight on Nature Air (no afternoon flights on Sansa) - that gives us nearly 2 hours. I hope that will be enough time... since we're not checking bags.

Next question: the most interesting driving from Mal Pais to Arenal?

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