How to get there

Getting to Santa Teresa and Mal Pais by public and private transportation companies:


Direct Bus

Two daily buses connect San Jose to Santa Teresa /Mal Pais and vice versa.

6:15 am2:15 pmTravel Time: 5:30 h
Cost: approx. $ 15. The bus ticket includes the ferry ticket.


Taxi Boat

A mini-bus picks you up at your hotel in Santa Teresa or Mal Pais to bring you to Montezuma. From here you cross the Gulf of Nicoya in a taxi boat to Jaco. Then another mini bus take you to San Jose or to Quepos /Manuel Antonio.

with Taxi Boat and Minibus toCost ppTravel Time
Jaco$ 50Departure in Santa Teresa /Mal Pais at 7:45 am
Departure with taxi boat in Montezuma at 9:30 am
Arrival in Jaco: approx. 10:45 am
Manuel Antonio$ 80
San Jose$ 95



DestinationCost per personDepartureTravel Duration
Samara$ 508 am4:30 h
Liberia Airport$ 558 am5:30 h
Monteverde$ 608:45 am5 h
Arenal$ 608:45 am5:30 h



The Costa Rican national carriers Sansa and Nature Air fly to Tambor from many locations throughout the country. Flight duration from San Jose to Tambor is 20 min, from Tambor it’s a 50 minute drive to Santa Teresa and Mal Pais