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travel from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio

san francisco
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travel from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio

Any suggestions for travel without a rental car from Monteverde to Manual Antonio? We are thinking about hiring a driver, but is the bus a bad idea? Thanks is advance.

Costa Rica
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1. Re: travel from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio

The bus is not a bad idea, it will just take longer - but it is much much cheaper than any alternative.

There are several ways to do it - probably the best way is to take the bus from Monteverde to San Jose and then the bus from San Jose to Quepos. Check here for more information: www.thebusschedule.com

Other alternatives include shared van shuttle - Interbus or Grayline or private driver - www.tucanlimoservices.com or www.dosgringos.com

San Jose, Costa Rica
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2. Re: travel from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio

Thank you Hattie again...good option of course a shuttle bus...cheaper than private services...set up schedules...and more people but OK!


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3. Re: travel from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio

Taking the bus on this routing does require time and patience. But if you do it it will be a part of your authentic Costa Rica experience. You will see how many Ticos get around.

Since there are no direct buses, you will have to transfer. No matter how you do it it will take about 8 hours or more. The bus schedule that Hattie links to shows a connection through Puntarenas toQuepos. And then from there, I would probably recommend a cab from Quepos to your hotel. Or you could as hattie says - double back to San Jose and tranfer buses and bus stations. Part of it boils down to how comfortable you are your first time in a country to figure this all out, though everyone will be very helpful..

As RA mentions, this is a good route for a scheduled shared shuttle like Interbus or Grayline.



You get door to door service, so you don't have to worry about finding bus stations or your hotel or transferring. It definately is more convenient. For 2 people the price would be about half of what a private transfer would cost but about 4 times more than using public buses. But no matter what you do - it will still take about 5 hours to get from MV to Ma.

pura vida


Pensacola, Florida
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4. Re: travel from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio

Bus is a hassle some theft risk not a great ride would do only if shoestring

www.interbusonline.com if 2 or less

if 2 or more...good driver/guides best eay to go cost a bit more

but worth it...




www.insuremytrip.com always wise especially on public bus

put nothing you cannot afford to lose in the overheads

it can be gone in 60 seconds from personal experience.

Happy Journey.

Costa Rica
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5. Re: travel from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio

I only suggested going through San Jose because I thought there might be more buses from Monteverde to San Jose and more buses from San Jose to Quepos and so have a better choice. But I agree the Monteverde to Puntarenas to Quepos route is shorter - just not sure about the times that buses arrive and leave.

Qwo says: "Bus is a hassle some theft risk not a great ride would do only if shoestring"

As Raquel pointed out, riding the bus is part of having an "authentic" Costa Rican experience since this is how most Costa Ricans travel. For more comfort and AC, use a shuttle or private driver, obviously a lot more expensive. ($40 per person as opposed to something like $7 or 8 a person) It really depends on what you are looking for - quicker transportation with AC or getting that experience.

6. Re: travel from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio

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