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Which airport is better to fly in to, San Jose (SJO) or Liberia (LIR)?
It really depends on how you plan to travel. There are more transportation options available from San Jose, however most of them leave in the morning. If you arrive in Liberia then the two options available to travel right away are a Private Transfer or a Rental Car. There is also the option of a Shared Shuttle but it only leaves once a day in the morning.

Below are the different options of how to get to and from Montezuma.
Note: If your flight arrives after 7:00am and you are not planning to stay overnight in San Jose/Alajuela then most likely the only two options which will be available are the Domestic Flight or the Private Transfer options as the other options all leave by 8:00am. If you have any questions just contact us.

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Private Ground Transfer – HALF or FULL Options

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-Our friendly, trustworthy drivers who speak English & Spanish will be waiting for you outside the airport or at your hotel.
-Journey through the countryside in a 11 pers. (larger vehicles available upon request) mini-van complete with a/c, music and drinks on board.
-Enjoy the beautiful 1 hr 15 min ferry ride across the Gulf.
-An excellent Tour Guide, Eduardo (or his colleague) will entertain you along the way as you sit back and enjoy the ride. High marks for the personalized service.
Departure Times:
Departure Time from San Jose (Half Option): Anytime*
Departure Time from San Jose (FULL Option): Anytime after 9am**
Departure Time from Montezuma (Both Half and Full Option): Anytime
**We will provide options for the best time based on the ferry schedule.
**Also available before 9am for an extra $30.
HALF & FULL Private Transfer Explanation:
The difference between the Half and Full Private Transfer is that the Half transfer is 2 drivers/vehicles, one picks you up and takes you to the ferry and then on the other side of the ferry another driver/vehicle pick you up and drive you to your destination. So the ferry crossing you would do by yourself. The Full transfer means the driver and vehicle will go on the ferry with you so you don’t have to worry about your luggage as it will stay in the vehicle.
Base Rates for most traveled routes (One way – Up to 4 People)*:

Route (One Way) Or Viceversa Travel Time Half Transfer Full Transfer
San Jose – Montezuma 4 – 4 1/2 hr $245 $350
La Fortuna, Arenal – Montezuma 4 – 4 1/2 hr $265 $360
Arenal Observatory Lodge – Montezuma 4 1/2 – 5 hr $290 $385
Monteverde – Montezuma 4 1/2 – 5 hr $245 $350
Liberia – Montezuma 4 – 4 1/2 hr $285
Samara – Montezuma 3 1/2 – 4 hr $260
Tamarindo – Montezuma 4 – 4 1/2 hr $285

*Note: Prices are subject to vary in peak season dates. Price includes ferry tickets.

If you would like to know the rate for more than 4 people or for a different destination please contact us

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Domestic Flight (Sansa or Nature Air)

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-Both Sansa Airlines (also known as Taca Regional) and Nature Air fly from San José’s Juan Santa María International Airport (SJO) to Tambor Airport (TMU)
-Enjoy a scenic 25 minute flight over the countryside and blue ocean.
-We will arrange a taxi to and/or from the Tambor Airstrip ($50 each way).
-We recommend to book this option right away as they fill up quickly.
Available: To and from Tambor (our nearest airport)
Total travel time: 45 minute check-in at airport + 25 minute flight + 30 minute taxi ride
Price: Starts at $105 per person* + $50 taxi ride (for up to 4 people)
*During the low season you may find prices lower than $105

How to Book your Flight:
Nature Air: Click Here to book your flight
Sansa/Taca Regional: Click Here to book your flight
Departure Time: Please see available flights on each of the airline websites.

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Shared Shuttle

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-This shared air conditioned van will pick you up at your hotel and drop you and your luggage at the ferry where you will board the ferry on your own.
-When you get off the ferry, there will be another shuttle waiting for you to take you to your destination.
-Available: To and from Montezuma, Arenal, Monteverde, Samara, Tamarindo & Liberia. This option does not pick up, but will drop off, at the airport.
-Total travel time: 4-6 hours (Depending on route)

Route (One Way) Pickup Time Price per person Minimum*
San Jose (Hotel)- Montezuma 7:30am $50 2 people
San Jose (Hotel**)- Montezuma 8:00am (8:30am in Alajuela) $50 1 person
Montezuma – San Jose (Airport or Hotel) 9:00am $50 2 people
Montezuma – San Jose (Airport or Hotel**) 9:00am $50 1 person
La Fortuna, Arenal – Montezuma 7:30am $56 2 people
Montezuma – La Fortuna, Arenal 9:00am $56 2 people
Monteverde – Montezuma 7:30am $56 2 people
Montezuma – Monteverde 9:00am $56 2 people
Samara – Montezuma 8:15am $51 2 people
Montezuma – Samara 8:15am $51 2 people
Nosara – Montezuma 7:15am $61 2 people
Montezuma – Nosara 8:15am $61 2 people
Tamarindo – Montezuma 8:00am $61 2 people
Montezuma – Tamarindo 8:15am $61 2 people
Liberia – Montezuma 8:00am $61 2 people
Montezuma – Liberia 8:15am $61 2 people

* Times and minimum are subject to change depending on the season. If you have less than the minimum number of people for the shuttle to operate, you may be required to pay the price for the minimum of people, just ask us.
**This shuttle picks up/drops off at most hotels in San Jose, in Alajuela it picks up at the Dennys Restaurant next to the Fiesta Casino (5 minutes from the airport) at 8:30am.

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Taxi Boat & Shared Shuttle

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-An exciting 1 hour speedboat trip between Jaco (Herradura) and Montezuma over the blue Pacific Ocean.
-We can arrange a shuttle from San Jose or Manuel Antonio to the boat in Jaco. The shuttle will pick you up at your hotel.
Available: To and from Montezuma, San Jose, Manuel Antonio and Quepos. This option does not pick up, but will drop off, at the airport.
-The speedboat is also available beetween Montezuma and Jaco (without the shuttle).
Total travel time: 3 1/2 – 4 hours

Route (One Way) Pickup/Departure Time Price per person
Jaco (Hotels/Rental Car) – Montezuma 10am-10:30am $40
Montezuma – Jaco (Hotels/Rental Car) 9:30am $40
San Jose (Hotel/Airport)- Montezuma 8am-9am $75
Montezuma – San Jose (Airport or Hotel) 9:30am $75
Manuel Antonio/Quepos – Montezuma 8:45am-9am $75
Montezuma – Manuel Antonio/Quepos 9:30am $75

Private Taxi Boat
If these departure times don’t fit your plans, we can always arrange a private taxi boat for you and your party. The price for a Private Taxi Boat to or from Jaco is $600 from 1-5 people or $700 from 6-10 people (for pricing of the Shuttle from your location to Jaco please contact us).

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Hertz Car Rental

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If you are planning to rent a vehicle while in Costa rica, we highly recommend booking your vehicle with Hertz for the following reasons:
-High quality vehicles and customer service.
-No hidden fees.
-Get a 10% discount when booking with our discount code: Ylang-Hertz
-No charge for 1 extra driver for Ylang Ylang and Sano Banano guests.
Pickup: You can pick your vehicle up at any Airport as well as other locations in Costa Rica (inquire with Hertz for specific locations).
Extras: Hertz also offers GPS, baby seats/boosters and cell phones upon request.
How get your quote or book your vehicle: Email vinicio@hertzcr.com and request your quote. In the subject put “Quote Request Ylang-Hertz”

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Direct / Public Bus Service

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Montezuma, Mal Pais and Santa Teresa:
Transportes Cóbano, Tel. (506)2642-1112 and (506)2221-7479
Bus Terminal in San José: Atlántico Norte (also called San Carlos) Calle 12 Av. 7 – 9
Travel Time: 5 1/2-6 hrs. until Montezuma / Mal Pais / Santa Teresa
1 hour travel time is spent on the ferry crossing the Gulf of NicoyaCost: $ 14 (plus ferry ticket: $ 1.40)

From To every day
Mal Pais/St Teresa San José 6:00 a.m. / 2:00 p.m
Montezuma San José 6:00 a.m. / 2:00 p.m
Cobano San José 7:00 a.m. / 3:00 p.m
San José Mal Pais/St Teresa 6:00 a.m. / 2:00 p.m
Montezuma
Cobano

To/From the Airport SJO:

Coming from the airport, take a taxi to the bridge of Villa Bonita where the bus stops at around

6:20 am and 2:20 pm. Or take a taxi to the main bus station (see above).

Going to the airport the bus drops you in front of the airport roughly around 12:30 am and 8:30 pm.

If the direct bus schedules do not suit you, you can also take the Bus from San José to Puntarenas which departs every 40 min from the bus terminal at Avd 12, Calle 16.

Once in Puntarenas you take the Ferry to Paquera. In Paquera at the ferry terminal there are busses to take you to Cobano and on to Montezuma, Santa Teresa and Malpais. The last bus from Paquera is at 6:30 p.m. It meets the ferry which departs from Puntarenas at 5:00 p.m.

Local Buses:
Cobano to Santa Teresa / Mal Pais: 10:30, 11:30, 14:30, 17:15
Santa Teresa / Mal Pais to Cobano: 7:15, 11:30, 15:30
Cobano to Montezuma: 5:00, 7:30, 9:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 16:30, 19:30
Montezuma to Cobano: 5:30, 8:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 17:00, 20:00

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