Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Book your plane ticket to the international airport in San José (SJO), Costa Rica’s capital city, or to Liberia (LIR) in the northwest of the country. If you plan to arrive on Sunday, the first day of the Costa Rica retreat, your flight arrival time should be by early afternoon to allow time to transfer to our retreat location in Santa Teresa, by Malpais, that day. Optionally, you may arrive on Saturday, spend the night in San José or Liberia and transfer on Sunday. Contact Us for hotel recommendations near the airport.
While it might take a bit more time to reach this beautiful beach lined by wild jungle on the Nicoya Peninsula than other beaches in Costa Rica it is a tropical paradise worth the journey.
Please review the domestic transfer options below to coordinate with your international flight arrival and departure times. This information is subject to change until a reservation is confirmed.
Traveling from/to San José or Liberia by Air
The airstrip closest to Santa Teresa is Tambor (TMU) and direct flights from/to San José or Liberia take about 25 minutes. Book your flight directly with Sansa airlines (www.flysansa.com). Domestic flights can fill up and we recommend that you make your reservation early!
Once you arrive in Tambor, we will arrange for a taxi driver to meet you and bring you to the retreat hotel. The one-way cost is $65 (per trip, not per person) and takes about 45 minutes. If you arrive at the same time as other guests we will arrange for you to share the taxi and cost.
Traveling from/to San José by Land
Shuttle services (8 -12 seater minibuses) depart 1 – 2 times daily between San José and Santa Teresa. Approximate travel time is five hours including a 1.2-hour hour ferry ride across the Gulf of Nicoya. The cost is $60 per person. For the schedule, please see the following link: www.montezumaexpeditions.com
Traveling from/to Liberia by Land
Shuttle services (8-12 seater minibuses) depart 1-2 times daily between San José and Santa Teresa. Approximate travel time is 4-4.5 hours. The cost is $60 per person. The time and rates may vary by season. For the schedule, see the following link: www.tropicaltourshuttles.com
A private shuttle from San José to Santa Teresa is $275 per trip (not per person) and takes about 4.5-5 hours including the ferry crossing.
Public buses depart San José daily at 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and return to San José the same times from Santa Teresa. Approximate travel time is five hours and costs $14. You will need to take a taxi to the terminal in San José (25 minutes from the airport) and be picked up at the Santa Teresa stop (10 minutes from the hotel).