How to get to Mal Pais / Santa Teresa Costa Rica

There are two main paths to get from San Jose International Airport SJO in Costa Rica to Mal Pais and Santa Teresa.

By Land

The journey to Mal Pais, Santa Teresa Costa Rica from San Jose is a leisurely 5.5 hour journey that includes a pleasant ferry ride.

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Journey Overview

San Jose International Airport SJO > Puntarenas Ferry (1 – 1.5 hrs Drive)

Board Ferry Puntarenas > Paquera (1.5 hrs Ferry Ride)

Paquera Ferry Station > Santa Teresa / Playa Carmen / Mal Pais (1.5 hrs Drive)

Tambor Ferry to Playa Carmen in Costa Rica                    Ferry in Costa Rica

By Bus

Every day at 6 am and 2 pm there is a public bus from Downtown San Jose, the bus station is called “7-10”, its $15.  This bus is direct (gets on the ferry with you and then you re-board the bus after the ferry ride) it will arrive in Santa Teresa at the “CRUCE” at 12 noon or 8:30 pm.  From there you will need to get a taxi to INDIGO YOGA RESORT, 2 km South of “the Cruce.” The buses are very comfortable, Class A style.

By Shuttle

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(picks you up at the airport, gets on the ferry with you and then you re-board the shuttle after the ferry ride)

By Rental Car

Check for car rentals from San Jose Airport Costa Rica to Mal Pais or Playa Carmen.  Please check the Paquera ferry times here.  The cost for the ferry is approx. $20USD for one car including driver.  The cost is approx. $1.50 for each additional person.

In Costa Rica most Car Rental Agencies require that you purchase the basic mandatory insurance which can range from $14 – $20/day.

By Air

Tambor Airport Costa Rica

There are a few regional airlines that fly from San Jose International Airport (SJO) Costa Rica to Tambor (TAM) Regional Aiport Costa Rica.  You can see flights on Sansa Airlines

From Tambor airport it is a 30 min. taxi drive to Mal Pais, approx. $30 USD



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