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

Last updated on January 11th, 2023 at 11:55 pm

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How To Get From Tortuguero To Tamarindo – You can go by car, bus, van and private transfer. The distance from Tortuguero to Tamarindo is 379 kilometers. Click here to book online Costa Rica activities and Day Trips

The travel time from Tortuguero to Tamarindo is around 6 hours and 30 minutes by car from La Pavona. Read here how to get from Tamarindo to Tortuguero the reverse way.

What Is The Cheapest Way From Tortuguero to Tamarindo?

The cheapest way from Tortuguero to Tamarindo is by bus for $20 USD. If you go by bus the travel time will be around 10 hours depending on the transfers and waiting time.

The taxi fare from Tortuguero to Tamarindo, Uber or private transportation prices will be around $350 USD. You can rent a car at La Pavona.

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WHERE TO STAY IN TAMARINDO

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 Tamarindo. 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 TORTUGUERO TO TAMARINDO

BOAT PLUS BUS FROM TORTUGUERO TO TAMARINDO (CHEAPEST WAY)

The cheapest way from Tortuguero to Tamarindo is by bus plus boat. First you will have to ride the boat from Tortuguero to La Pavona and later a few buses from La Pavona to Cariari, San Jose and Tamarindo.

BOAT SCHEDULE FROM TORTUGUERO TO LA PAVONA


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The boat schedule from Tortuguero to La Pavona is starting at 5 30 am, 9 am, 11 am and 2 45 pm. The boat fare from La Pavona to Tortuguero is around $5 USD and it includes a suitcase/backpack.

The boat ride from Tortuguero to La Pavona 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 Tortuguero to La Pavona.

BUS FROM LA PAVONA TO CARIARI SCHEDULE AND FARE

There are only 4 daily buses leaving from La Pavona to Cariari starting at 7 30 am, 10 30 am, 1 pm and 4 30 pm. The bus from La Pavona to Cariari will take around 2 hours and the bus fare is around $2 USD.

BUS FROM CARIARI TO SAN JOSE SCHEDULE AND FARE

Once in Cariari you will have to take a bus from Cariari to San Jose running every 15 minutes. The bus travel time from Cariari to San Jose is around 2 hours and the bus fare from Cariari to San Jose is around $4 USD.

BUS SCHEDULE FROM SAN JOSE COSTA RICA TO TAMARINDO

The bus schedule from San Jose to Tamarindo is leaving from San Jose Empresa Alfaro. The buses are leaving starting from 7 am, 11 30 passing by Liberia to 3 30 pm. The bus fare is around $10 USD and the travel time from San Jose to Tamarindo is 5-6 hours. Check here Alfaro Bus schedule and route!

The total travel time from Tortuguero to Tamarindo is around 10 hours by bus plus boat. The total bus and boat fare from Tortuguero to Tamarindo is $20 USD.

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TAXI FROM TORTUGUERO TO TAMARINDO

If you go from Tortuguero to Tamarindo by taxi is the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi from Tortuguero to Tamarindo is around 6 hours and 30 minutes from La Pavona after riding the boat from Tortuguero.

The taxi fare from Tortuguero to Tamarindo is around $350 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depend on traffic and your final destination.

UBER FROM TORTUGUERO TO TAMARINDO


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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 Tortuguero to Tamarindo to reach La Pavona is around $350 USD depending on the traffic or time of the day.

CAR RENTAL AT LA PAVONA


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There are many options for renting a car in La Pavona. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Tamarindo or if you would love to move around. It will take you 6 hours and 30 minutes to get to Tamarindo from La Pavona 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 TORTUGUERO TO TAMARINDO

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 TORTUGUERO TO TAMARINDO

The best way from Tortuguero to Tamarindo is by bus plus boat if you go on a budget for a total of 10 hours travel time. You will pay around $20 USD including the bus coming from La Pavona, Cariari, San Jose and Tamarindo with the boat from Tortuguero.

If you wish more comfort taxi, Uber or private transportation from Tortuguero to Tamarindo is around $350 USD and 6 hours and 30 minutes travel time starting from La Pavona.

ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN TAMARINDO


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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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