From San Jose:
Drive to Puntarenas ( 1 1/2 hours) and take the “Tambor” car ferry to Paquera. For information about the Ferry click -> The Ferry. You will be on the ferry for approximately an hour and a half or so. Drive through Tambor to Cobano. In Cobano drive straight through town and turn left after 1 kilometer to Mal Pais. After 8 km, a total of approximately an hour from getting off the ferry, you will arrive at a crossroads just before the beach, turn right and the Blue Surf Sanctuary hotel is approx 3kms on your left. 4×4 is not necessary, but is recommended in the rainy season. Total journey time from San Jose is 5½ hours, as we recommend that you arrive at Puntarenas at least one hour before the ferry departs.
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Regarding the drive from Liberia, the roads are in good condition (compared to other roads in Costa Rica) and the whole drive from the Airport to Blue Surf Sanctuary will take you approximately 4 hours. Take Route 21, that passes right by the airport, south, towards Santa Cruz and Nicoya. Just keep going strait through every town, and the same route 21 will lead you to Carmona. About 1 1/2 or 2 hs after you started your trip. Here route 21 turns left in a T intersection before entering into Carmona town, the only thing apart from a few signs there is a small police station. So take the left there, following the signs to Lepanto, Naranjo, Paquera, or Cobano. If you keep going strait, you’ll get into Carmona town. So you’ll realize that you’ve missed the turn! Again you only need to follow the road, still route 21, that will change from pavement into gravel at Naranjo. the gravel continues till paquera. there are two intersections on this road, you should take the left both times. Once the pavement starts again, you’ll be in Paquera town. follow the road untill you get to another T intersection. Turn right this time, towards Cobano and Santa Teresa. This is route 160. Follow it, and you’ll cross through Cobano town, keep going strait through Cobanos crossroad, and the pavement again turns into gravel. About one mile after that, you’ll find yourself in another T intersection. Turn Left following the signs towards Santa Teresa and Mal Pais. The bendy road will lead you to Santa Teresa’s crossroad, what we call “down town” there you’ll find the bank, the pharmacy and the doctor. Turn right, at the crossroad, and drive through the town about 2-3 miles, once past “La Hacienda” supermarket (on your right) keep going 500 mts, and you’ll see our sign on the left hand of the road. You’ll also see the Billabong signs at our door from the road!
There are 2 ways to get to Santa Teresa, coming from the north, from Manzanillo, or from the west, through Cobano. If you are coming from the north, across the rivers, about 1 km after you drive through playa hermosa, you will pass by Flor Blanca, a big resort, 100mt further, on your right hand ( beach side) you will see our blue sign, turn right to find us! If you are coming the other way, through Cobano, you will enter the town at the crossroad of Mal Pais, where the banks the doctor and the pharmacy are, there is one street that connects Santa Teresa with Mal Pais, parallel to the beach and Blue Surf is 4km north from that crossroad, after you drive by “la hacienda” supermarket, about 600 mts, you will see our sign on your left hand (beach side) Turn left to find us!