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.
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.
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)
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.
Montezuma Expeditions Shuttles 2018 Time Table & Pricing: http://www.montezumaexpeditions.com/costa-rica-shuttle-rates.html
(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 www.Orbitz.com 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.
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