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.
|Puntarenas to Paquera|
|5:30 am||9 am||11 am||2 pm||5 pm||8 pm|
|Paquera to Puntarenas|
|5 am||9 am||11 am||2 pm||5 pm||8:30 pm|