Travel Info

Mal Pais is on the southern tip of the Peninsula Nicoya, on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.

From San Jose with an own car:

From the capital, San José, you usually drive to the port town of Puntarenas and then cross the Gulf of Nicoya by ferry to Paquera.
Two highways from San Jose lead to Puntarenas: the old Panamericana which is often clogged with heavy traffic, and the newer Calderas highway which takes only 1.5 hours. In total the travel time from San Jose to Mal Pais takes around 5:30 hours.

If coming from Liberia or any other northern part of Costa Rica drive via Santa Cruz – Nicoya to Paquera, and on to Mal Pais /Santa Teresa.

Costa Rica Map

Ferry Schedules

Puntarenas to Paquera
5:30 am9 am11 am2 pm5 pm8 pm
Paquera to Puntarenas
5 am9 am11 am2 pm5 pm8:30 pm

Private Taxi Bus

Private Transportation

Individual private taxi bus with friendly service. From San Jose, Liberia or Tambor to Mal Pais and Santa Teresa.

See also:
To Mal Pais and Santa Teresa by public transportation:

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