Sansa Airlines is a regional airline that offers daily flights between Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose to the local airport in Límon. Sansa normally offers daily flights for around $80 and the flight time is +/- minutes. There are limits on weight and luggage, so if you are a heavy packer you’ll pay premium prices. Upon arriving in Limon you then come the duration of the trip in private taxi or shuttle which we are happy to arrange for you.
Rent a car in San Jose and drive! Driving in Costa Rica requires two things, GPS and patience. That being said, the drive between San Jose and Puerto Viejo is drive unlike any other. The famous Route 32 is part of the Pan American Highway that runs directly through Braulio Carrillo National Park. It is rare that you pass this summit without being immersed in thick cloud cover and rain. But if you do get lucky on certain days the views are clear, immense and breathtaking the expansive virgin forests and waterfalls that decorate the mountain tops. It’s a crazy drive, take it with time.
Caribe Shuttle, Interbus and Pleasure Ride all offer daily shared shuttles between San Jose and Puerto Viejo. Most depart San Jose twice daily, in the early morning and early afternoon. The price per adult is approximately $50, depending on the company and the exact destination, note, some charge for excess luggage. The shuttles are nice, air conditioned, and offer free wifi. You usually make one stop along the way to use the restroom and get a quick bite to eat. We are happy to help you determine which of the shared shuttle companies works best for your budget and itinerary.
Private taxis are an option, as well. If you hire one at the airport, expect to pay between $200 and $250. Be very cautious that the vehicle is in sound order and that the driver is aware you are going to Puerto Viejo de Limon, NOT Puerto Viejo de Sarapique.
If you’re considering a private driver, please arrange with us in advance and we will find you a trusted ride. We like to support the local ﬁshermen, several of whom own 12-15 passenger vans. The extra room will assure you a comfortable trip over– sleep, stretch out, stop for snacks, etc. They will not charge extra for luggage, and they will pick you up as you exit customs and deliver you straight to our door anytime of day or night. The cost is $200 (for up to 6 people), and in my opinion, worth the peace of mind. Besides, being locals, by the time you arrive, not only will you have insider’s knowledge, but you’ll have a friend in town from one of the oldest families!