Getting to Peace of Paradise and around Costa Rica from San Jose
Quepos (about 11,000 population) is a modern city, now boasting a new international marina, about 150 kilometers south of San Jose on the Pacific Coast. Quepos basically adjoins Manuel Antonio (about 7,000 population), whose businesses and hotels are strewn along a steep road leading 3 kilometers up to a hilltop featuring a soccer field, a church, a pharmacy, and Super Josef's marketplace. Super Josefs is just a few steps away from Peace of Paradise. Grabbing a cab to your casa? There are neither street signs nor addresses in most of Costa Rica. Just say 150 meters south of Super Josef's and the driver will drop you at your doorstep. The main road then winds dramatically down to the Manuel Antonio Beach and the National Park, with ocean views framed by rainforest trees full of birds and monkeys. The beach is full of restaurants, surfer instructors, boat rentals, scuba diving equipment rentals, souvenir shops, and of course features some of the most beautiful ocean scenery in the world. The beach and surrounding islands dotting the horizon are formed from an ancient volcano cauldron and their peaceful beauty represents the ultimate in nature's handiwork. Picture yourself there soon.
Quickest and most exciting way to get to your casa is by air:
A small aircraft will take you over spectacular mountains, rainforest covered lowlands, and incredible beach scenery before it circles over Peace of Paradise and lands at Quepos' beautiful airport
Cost - about 100 dollars one way. Contact Sansa Airlines whose terminal is just a block away from San Jose International Airport. Flight time is just 20 minutes and there are multiple flights all day long.
Private vans operated by "Grey Line" and "Interbus" will take up to 8 passengers directly from the airport to destinations all along the 150 kilometers of new highway to Quepos/Manuel Antonio.
Both lines cost about $40 US,one way, and arrive anywhere from 3 to 4 hours after departure from the airport.
Public transportation by large buses is efficient and the most inexpensive way to travel all over Costa Rica. The buses leave from the central terminal downtown San Jose and are connected to the airport by shuttles and taxi service at reasonable rates.
Bus fare from the terminal in San Jose to the bus terminal in Quepos is about $10 US, one way, and the trip is about 4 hours.
Taxis are all over the airport and Costa Rica in general and range from regular taxi service with mostly reasonable standard rates to personal car enterprises with negotiable rates. When exiting San Jose Airport terminal, travelers are besieged by all sorts of offers of transportation service to anywhere. A lucky taxi fare to Quepos from the airport is around $200 but a lot of wheeling and dealing must be done to get it lower than that.
Rental Cars are a popular alternative and can be secured in advance by internet.
Among the best (click to go to website):
www.flysansa.com for air travel
www.anywherecostarica.com for ground transportation
www.puertoquepos.com for driving directions
All vans and buses on regular routes stop for a break about two thirds of the way to Quepos/Manuel Antonio. The rest stop features well maintained rest rooms and a smorgasbord of Costa Rican cooked foods and fresh market fruits and vegetables as well as packaged snacks and drinks. The rest stop is welcome after over two hours of breathtaking scenery along the new highway which winds it way down to the coast. Steep, rainforest covered hillsides are home to tropical birds and colorful trees and flowers. Traveling the highway is a great way to get a feel for Costa Rica and its abundance of natural wonders. The highway travels through several different climates, each having its own unique plants and animals. The world famous Costa Rican coffee is grown on the hillsides along the highway and travelers get a chance to purchase fresh coffee as well as wild honey and other locally harvested commodities at rest stops and fresh markets that dot all of Costa Rica highways and roads.