Traveling to Anamaya can be straightforward and stress-free with proper planning. Internationally, you could fly into the San Jose (code SJO) or Liberia (code LIR) international airports. For either, please book your flights, round trip, allowing at least a 2-hour window between international flight arrival/departure and local flight or shuttle departure/arrival, so that you have time to go through customs, security, and immigration.
Depending on the flights available, sometimes flying one day early and staying overnight near the airport is necessary to make your connections… the same applies for the departure.
Requirements for Costa Rica
- You MUST have a passport that is valid for at least 30 days after your date of entry.
- All visitors must hold an onward or return ticket. In other words, before you arrive it is best to have a printed copy of your return flight that is scheduled with in 90 from your arrival. If you cannot provide this, you may be required to purchase a flight out of the country.
- In most cases a visa is not required for stays up to 90 days. It is required that you leave the country before this 90 days is over. Then you can re-enter the country after 72 hours.
- Please check the requirements for your specific country if you are traveling from somewhere other than the US or Canada.
- Also when flying out of San Jose, you will need to go to the ticket counter even if you’ve check in on line and don’t have any luggage to check.
- If you are concerned about travel challenges, missed/delayed flights, health issues or other unforeseen problems, you might want travel insurance. Here are a couple companies you could check out Allianz or Travelguard.
SJO – Juan Santamaria International Airport (San Jose)
Shuttle: there’s a daily shuttle departing from the SJO international airport at 6:00 am and 2:00 pm (high season, mid-December – April) or at 8 am (green or low season, May – mid-December). The price is $50 per person each way, and the approximate travel time is 5.5 hours (2.5 hours from the airport to Puntarenas + 1.5 hours on the ferry + 1.5 hours from Paquera to Anamaya). The shuttle back to SJO departs from Anamaya at 7:00 am and 3:00 pm (high season, mid-December – April) or at 9:00 am (green or low season, May – mid-December). If you suffer from motion sickness please take the necessary precautions/medications.
Flying: it’s the fastest and easiest way to travel. The domestic airlines Sansa & Green Airways (Please refer directly to their website to make your booking, and also make sure you check their luggage allowance to see if it matches your packing needs) flies from the SJO international airport to Tambor (code TMU).
Aerobell is another option you can consider. Please note that they fly to/from the Tobias Bolaños airport, which is located about 30-45 minutes driving from SJO (depending on the day, time and traffic it can be more or less time) so we recommend to have like 3 hours in between flights to make the connections. They offer a $20.00 per person shuttle between airports, one way.
The Tambor (TMU) airport is located approximately 45 minutes driving from Anamaya. We can arrange a taxi to pick you up and drive you to Anamaya. The price of the taxi is $40 each way, which can be split if other guests are coming on the same flight (minimum of $10 per person).
LIR – Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (Liberia)
Shuttle: there’s a daily shuttle departing from the LIR international airport at 8:30 am or 3:00 pm with a minimum of 4 passengers (high season, mid-December – April) or at 8:30 am (green or low season, May – mid-December). The price is $50 per person each way, and the approximate travel time is 4.5-5 hours. The shuttle back to LIR departs from Anamaya 7:00 am all year round.
Flying: Sansa has flights from the LIR international airport to Tambor (code TMU), which is located approximately 45 minutes driving from Anamaya. We can arrange a taxi to pick you up to drive you here, the price for this service is $40 each way which can be split if other guests are coming on the same flight (minimum of $10 per person).
These 2 options are the ones most guests typically choose, there are a couple of other ways to get here so feel free to ask for other alternatives if the ones presented above are unfeasible for you. We can arrange transportation from pretty much anywhere in the country so please reach out to us with any questions about travel from any other area in the country.
Direct bus service from San Jose to Montezuma (Ph# 2642-0219). This bus leaves every day from the parada de San Carlos (5 cuadros al norte de iglesia de la Mercedas) in downtown San Jose at 6:00am and 2:00pm. The cost is $12 US. The bus station is a 20 min., $20 Taxi ride from the international airport. The bus trip takes about 5.5 hours total. There is one rest stop between San Jose and Puntarenas. In Puntarenas you must get off the bus and the driver will hand you a ferry ticket and a laminated card that you need to get back on the bus. Follow the bus crowd onto the ferry for a beautiful one and a half hour ferry ride. Upon crossing the gulf you will disembark in Paquera. Follow the passengers to the other side of the ferry terminal to re-board the bus and continue the journey to Cobano. In Cobano all passengers going to Montezuma switch to another bus, which takes you the final 20-30 minutes to downtown Montezuma. Please let us know your arrival time, we will have a taxi pick you up at the bus stop in Montezuma ($5-6).
Rental Car & Ferry
If you want to rent a car and drive instead, it won’t cost much more than the shuttle if you have two or more people, but we don’t suggest it unless you have some experience driving in Central America and enough Spanish to ask for directions. It takes about 5 hours including the hour and a half on the ferry. There are not road signs, so it’s quite an adventure. Most rental companies will also rent you a GPS which helps greatly. We recommend Budget or Dollar. Caution! Many companies hide some fees, especially insurance, so be very careful. Budget is very upfront about their fees, and they have two local offices so they’re a good bet. You won’t need the car much while at Anamaya so it may be an unnecessary expense.
If you do drive, then you can get from the airport to the Puntarenas Ferry in 1.5 to 2.5 hours.
New Shortcut! There’s a new road from San Jose to Caldera, and you can use this superhighway to rapidly get to the ferry… saving up to an hour of driving time. As of this writing, there are no signs for how to do this, so follow these instructions: Drive west from the airport on the main freeway (Interamericana) until you see an exit for Atenas. Take that exit and cross over the freeway to your left. Drive for approximately 2km and turn left between a soccer field and a blue school. There is no sign here for the freeway. If you get lost, ask for “La Pista por Caldera”. Drive for 3.5km the then you’ll see an overpass. Don’t go under it but instead turn left just before the freeway, and that will take you to the onramp. Get on that and head west (right) again. It will take you to Caldera, which is the main port next to Puntarenas, and from there, drive north along the coast. You’ll pass a big development called “La Roca” and eventually you’ll pass up and over the top of the road you want to turn right onto. There’s a sign for Puntarenas, but it’s been covered with tree branches for several years, so it’s difficult to see. Loop around to the right and get onto this road, heading west again, and follow that in a straight line all the way to the very tip of the Puntarenas peninsula, and then turn right and it will curve around to the ferry line.
The ferry times are below and also shown here: Ferry to Montezuma/Malpais Area. There are two ferries. One is to Paquera and one to Naranjo. Take the Paquera Ferry, and from there, drive to the left and go to Cobano, which takes 45 minutes normally. From Cobano, turn left and head to Montezuma. From Montezuma, head south along the beach road and at Hotel Amor de Mar, you’ll see a paved road up the hill. Drive up about 1/2 km and you’ll see Anamaya’s sign on the right.
We can help you arrange to have a rental car waiting for you at the Airport in Tambor or delivered right to Anamaya for you. That way you can arrive more stress free and not have to worry about navigating the whole journey. If you do rent a car, we suggest a 4×4 since the roads here are rather adventurous.
When driving from San Jose to Montezuma or back, you will need to take the ferry (not necessary if you are coming from Tambor Airport). It takes about 1.5 hrs in total. Prices Adult: 810 colones, Kids: 485 colones, Automobiles (with driver): 11.400 colones. The ferries have an air-conditioned passenger deck complete with snack shop and restrooms, as well as a large outside viewing area. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased. We recommend getting to the ferry about 30 min before it is scheduled to leave to help make sure your vehicle gets a space on the boat. Here is the time schedule: (it changes every few months, so for the most up to date info, please call (506) 2661-2084, then press 4. It is in spanish) This one is current as of Feb 3, 2014.
From Puntarenas to Paquera:
6 am / 9 am / 11 am / 2 pm / 5 pm / 8:30 pm
From Paquera to Puntarenas:
6 am / 9 am / 11 am / 2 pm / 5 pm / 8 pm
All the way for $200-250. We can book it for you or you can just find an official taxi with an English speaking driver. This will leave from San Jose or the Airport whenever you want, but it will need to wait for the next available ferry.
Get yourself to Jaco (1 hr drive from San Jose) and then take a speedboat to Montezuma at 10:30am. If you want to go back this way, the water taxi leaves Montezuma at 9:30am. We will book it for you and give you more info.
Helicopter or private plane!
VIP Costa Rica Charter Flights (Email: [email protected] / Phone 2241-5364)
By plane from San Jose to Tambor airport (one way flight):
4 passengers plane : $457
12 passengers plane : $1265
By Helicopter from San Jose to Tambor airport ( one way flight):
4 passengers Helicopter: $1722
6 passengers Helicopter: $2750