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How To Get From La Fortuna to Santa Teresa Beach – All Possible Ways (Updated 2023)

Last updated on January 11th, 2023 at 02:11 pm

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How To Get From La Fortuna to Santa Teresa Beach – You can go by bus, van, car and private transfer plus ferry. The distance from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa is 210 kilometers if you get the ferry and 280 kilometers if you avoid the ferry. Click here to book online La Fortuna activities and day trips

The travel time from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa is around 5 hours and 30 minutes by car. Read here how to get from Santa Teresa to La Fortuna the reverse way and Montezuma to La Fortuna

What Is The Cheapest Way From La Fortuna to Santa Teresa Beach?

The cheapest way from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa is by bus $12 USD. If you go by bus the travel time will be around 10 hours from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa Beach.

What Is The Best Way From La Fortuna to Santa Teresa Beach?

The best way from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa Beach by shared van for $67 USD per person and 6 hours travel time and you can book online.

You can rent a car at La Fortuna or private transportation prices will be around $350 USD.

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WHERE TO STAY IN SANTA TERESA

There are dormitory rooms where you can rent the bed for as low as $8-10 USD a night if you want the cheapest option in Santa Teresa. Double-room hostels can cost up to $30-40 USD a night while mid-range hotels cost more or less $80 USD a night.

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HOW TO GET FROM LA FORTUNA TO SANTA TERESA BEACH

BUS FROM LA FORTUNA TO SANTA TERESA (CHEAPEST WAY)

The cheapest way from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa Beach is by bus. The most comfortable way is taking the bus from La Fortuna to San Jose Costa Rica. Once in San Jose get the bus from San Jose to Santa Teresa where you will have to get a ferry but you can’t do this in the same day. You will have to stay overnight in San Jose.

If you want to reach La Fortuna to Santa Teresa Beach by bus in the same day. You will have to get a bus from La Fortuna to San Ramon, Puntarenas and get the ferry to Paquera where you will be able to get a bus to Cobano and the final bus to Santa Teresa Beach. Keep reading below!

BUS SCHEDULE FROM LA FORTUNA TO SAN JOSE COSTA RICA (ONLY IF YOU STAY AT SAN JOSE)

The bus schedule from La Fortuna to San Jose with Transportes San Carlos is leaving once per day. There is only one direct bus from La Fortuna to San Jose Costa Rica leaving at 2 45 pm and getting to San Jose at 6 45 pm.

So you will have no time to get the direct bus going from San Jose to Santa Teresa since is leaves at 6 am. Check here Transportes San Carlos Bus schedule and route!

BUS SCHEDULE FROM LA FORTUNA TO SAN RAMON

The bus schedule from La Fortuna to San Ramon is starting at 4 30 am, 5 30 am, 9 am, 1 pm and 4 pm. The bus fare from La Fortuna to San Ramon is around $4 USD. The travel time from La Fortuna to San Ramon is around 2 hours.

BUS SCHEDULE FROM SAN RAMON TO PUNTARENAS

Once you are in San Ramon. You will have to take a second bus from San Ramon to Puntarenas. The bus schedule from San Ramon to Puntarenas is leaving every hour. It will take 1 hour and 30 minutes travel time from San Ramon to Puntarenas. The bus fare from San Ramon to Puntarenas is around $3 USD.

Once in Puntarenas Bus Terminal you will have to walk 20 minutes or get a taxi 2 kilometers to get to Puntarenas Ferry Port.

FERRY BOAT PUNTARENAS TO PAQUERA

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The bus from San Ramon will stop at Puntarenas Ferry Port after 2 hours. You will cross by ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera in around 1 hour and 30 minutes.

The ferry schedule from Puntarenas Ferry Port to Paquera is starting at 5 am, 9 am, 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm and 8 pm. The ferry fare from Puntarenas to Paquera is only $1.50 USD and $25 USD for a car.

BUS SCHEDULE FROM PAQUERA TO COBANO

Once you cross by ferry from Paquera Port you will ride two buses for a total 1 hour and 45 minutes ride from Paquera to Santa Teresa Beach. The bus schedule from Paquera Port to Cobano is starting 6 15 am, 8 15 am, 10 30 am, 12 30 pm, 3 30 pm, 4 15 pm and 6 15 pm.

The bus travel time from Paquera to Cobano is around 1 hour and 15 minutes and the bus fare from Paquera to Cobano is $2 USD.

BUS SCHEDULE FROM COBANO TO SANTA TERESA BEACH

Once you are in Cobano you will have to take a bus from Cobano to Santa Teresa. The bus schedule from Cobano to Santa Teresa is starting at 7 am, 10 30 am, 11 30 am, 2 30 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm. The bus travel time from Cobano to Santa Teresa Beach is around 25 minutes and the bus fare is $1 USD.

The total bus travel time from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa Beach is around 10 hours (transfer and waiting time included) and the fare from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa is $12 USD including the buses and the ferry too.

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SHARED VAN FROM LA FORTUNA TO SANTA TERESA (BEST WAY)

The best way from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa Beach is by shared van direct to your hotel. The van travel time from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa Beach is 6 hours.

The van fare from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa Beach is $67 USD and you can book online.

TAXI FROM LA FORTUNA TO SANTA TERESA

If you go from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa by taxi is the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa is around 5 hours and 30 minutes.

The taxi fare from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa is around $350 USD for 5 hours and 30 minutes ride.

UBER FROM LA FORTUNA COSTA RICA TO SANTA TERESA

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Uber App can be useful for traveling around Costa Rica but they have similar fares to taxis. You can expect to go from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa Beach the fare is around $350 USD depending on the traffic or time of the day.

CAR RENTAL AT LA FORTUNA

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There are many options for renting a car in La Fortuna. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Santa Teresa or if you would love to move around.

It will take you 5 hours and 30 minutes (with no ferry route option) to get to Santa Teresa from La Fortuna with a private car (including the ferry ride can be longer than 6 hours and you will have to pay $25 USD for the car). A few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro are available for $30 USD daily.

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PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM LA FORTUNA TO SANTA TERESA

Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and are only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort. Prices are around $400 USD and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be 100 USD per person.

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BEST WAY FROM LA FORTUNA TO SANTA TERESA BEACH

BUS VS VAN PROS AND CONS

The best way from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa Beach is by bus if you go on a budget for a total of 10 hours travel time. You will pay around $12 USD including the bus coming from La Fortuna, San Ramon to Puntarenas and bus Paquera to Cobano and Cobano to Santa Teresa and the ferry crossing the Gulf of Nicoya.

The best way from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa Beach is by van for $67 USD and you can book online if you prefer comfort and get directly to your hotel in 6 hours at the beach without any other transfer.

If you wish more comfort taxi, Uber or private transportation from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa is around $350 USD and 5 hours and 30 minutes travel time.

ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN SANTA TERESA

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There are dormitory rooms that you can rent the bed for as low as $8 USD a night if you want the cheapest option. AirBnb is also available, mostly for about $20-25 USD a night. Double-room hostels can cost up to $30-40 USD a night while mid-range hotels cost more or less $80 USD a night.

Click here if you want to find the best deals with Booking in Santa Teresa.

FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN COSTA RICA

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Breakfast will be the cheapest meal of the day and you can load up on Gallo Pinto, tortillas, eggs, fried plantains and some fresh fruit too for around $3-4 USD per person. At lunch you might want a chicken sandwich for $8-10 USD salad, burger and pizza with a fresh fruit drink for $3 USD.

You can have a budget of $15-20 USD a day and it can already get you more than enough decent meals. Costa Rica is a little bit pricey compared to other countries like Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in Central America.

BEST TIME TO VISIT COSTA RICA

In Costa Rica their summer (December to April), there are fewer rains than normal. In their winter (May to November), the rains are almost non-stop. For most tourists best time to visit Costa Rica is from December to April because of easier transport. 

Click here to know more about the weather in Costa Rica!

CASH AND ATMS IN COSTA RICA

The currency of Costa Rica is called Colòn and as of now, $1 USD is worth 600 Colòn. Do not exchange your currency at the airport because you’ll get less than what you’ll get with the city’s exchange. Anyway if you are bringing USD you can use them while traveling around Costa Rica no need to exchange them.

Bank or debit cards in an ATM are the recommended way to access your funds while traveling in Costa RicaKnow real-time currency exchange here!

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is the co-founder of Gamintraveler and a Spanish traveler who has traveled to more than 100 countries around the world. He is now a full-time digital nomad.

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