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How To Get From Jaco To Tortuguero – All Possible Ways (Updated 2023)

Last updated on January 11th, 2023 at 10:38 pm

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How To Get From Jaco To Tortuguero – You can go by car, bus, van and private transfer plus ferry. The distance from Jaco Beach to Tortuguero is 220 kilometers. Click here to book online Costa Rica activities and Day Trips

The travel time from Jaco to Tortuguero is around 4 hours and 15 minutes by car to get to La Pavona. Read here how to get from Tortuguero to Jaco the reverse way.

The cheapest way from Jaco to Tortuguero is by bus for $15 USD. If you go by bus the travel time will be around 8 hours including the ferry boat.

If you go by taxi, Uber or private transportation prices will be around $250 USD. You can rent a car at Jaco Beach.

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WHERE TO STAY IN TORTUGUERO

There are dormitory rooms that you can rent the bed for as low as $8-10 USD a night if you want the cheapest option in Tortuguero. 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 JACO BEACH TO TORTUGUERO

BUS FROM JACO TO TORTUGUERO (CHEAPEST WAY)

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The cheapest way from Jaco to Tortuguero is by bus. First you will have to ride a local bus going from Jaco to San Jose to get the bus going to San Jose to Cariari, La Pavona and the ferry boat from La Pavona to Tortuguero.

BUS SCHEDULE FROM JACO TO SAN JOSE

The bus schedule from Jaco to San Jose is leaving every 2 hours starting from 7 am, 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm.

The bus fare from Jaco Beach to San Jose is around $5 USD. The travel time from Jaco to San Jose is 2 hours. Check here Transporte Jaco Bus schedule and route!

BUS SCHEDULE FROM SAN JOSE TO CARIARI

Once in San Jose you will have to get walking distance to Grand caribe Bus Terminal to get the bus from San Jose to Cariari. The bus schedule from San Jose to Cariari with Grupo Caribeños (leaving from Grand Caribe Bus Terminal) is starting at 6 30 am, 9 am, 10 30 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 4 30 pm, 6 pm and 7 pm. The bus travel time from San Jose to Cariari is 2 hours and the bus fare is $3 USD.

BUS SCHEDULE FROM CARIARI TO LA PAVONA

The bus schedule from Cariari to La Pavona is starting at 5 am, 9 am, 11 30 am and 3 pm. The bus travel time from Cariari to La Pavona is around 1 hour and 30 minutes. The bus fare from Cariari to La Pavona is $2 USD.

BOAT FROM LA PAVONA TO TORTUGUERO

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Once in La Pavona you will have to get a boat. You can buy the tickets in the restaurant and it will be a shared boat up to 20 people going from La Pavona to Tortuguero. The boat fare from La Pavona to Tortuguero is around $5 USD and it includes a suitcase/backpack.

The boat departure schedule from La Pavona to Tortuguero is starting at 6 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 3 pm and the last one at 4 30 pm (when the bus from Cariari to La Pavona is getting). The boat ride from La Pavona to Tortuguero will take around 1 hour (it can be less or more). Outside these boats schedule (estimated time not fixed) there are also private boats (more expensive) going from La Pavona to Tortuguero.

The total travel time from Jaco to Tortuguero is around 8 hours by bus plus boat. The total bus and boat fare from Jaco to Tortuguero is $15 USD.

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TAXI FROM JACO TO TORTUGUERO

If you go from Jaco to Tortuguero by taxi is the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi from Jaco Beach to La Pavona is around 4 hours and 15 minutes to La Pavona and 1 hour more the boat to Tortuguero.

The taxi fare from Jaco to La Pavona before getting the boat to Tortuguero is around $250 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depend on traffic and your final destination.

UBER FROM JACO TO TORTUGUERO

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Uber App can be useful for traveling around Costa Rica but they have similar fares to taxis. You can expect going from Jaco to Tortuguero reaching La Pavona around $260-280 USD depending on the traffic or time of the day.

CAR RENTAL AT JACO

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There are many options for renting a car in Jaco. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in La Pavona or if you would love to move around. It will take you 4 hours and 15 minutes to get to La Pavona from Jaco with a private car plus the boat. A few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro are available for $30 USD daily.

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PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM JACO BEACH TO TORTUGUERO

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 $280 USD and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be $70 USD per person.

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BEST WAY FROM JACO TO TORTUGUERO

The best way from Jaco to Tortuguero is by bus plus boat if you go on a budget for a total of 8 hours travel time. You will pay around $15 USD including the bus coming from Jaco, San Jose Costa Rica to La Pavona and the boat to Tortuguero.

If you wish more comfort taxi, Uber or private transportation from Jaco Beach to Tortuguero is around $250 USD and 4 hours 15 minutes travel time.

ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN TORTUGUERO

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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.

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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. 

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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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