Costa Rica Travel News – Transportation is one of the things most visitors dread simply because it can be scary to figure out where buses are and what their schedules are, particularly without speaking Spanish. Even locals have trouble with buses because Costa Rica doesn’t have normal addresses or directions. This is why I recommend forgetting about public buses and traveling with a private company like Caribe Shuttle.
I used Caribe Shuttle’s service to get from San Jose to Puerto Viejo. I was pleasantly surprised that they picked us up right from our hotel’s front door. Everyone from the owner to the desk staff and driver were very professional and friendly.
The bus was spacious with high ceilings and huge windows to really enjoy the views along the way. We passed many plantations and photo worthy views. There was room for our luggage, so we didn’t have to ride with anything on top of us as is normal on the public buses. They played great, clear music the whole way. In just 4 short hours we were already in Puerto Viejo and we were each dropped off at our destination. There was no need to get off at a bus station and find our way to a hotel.
The staff was especially helpful and went out of their way for us. Our hotel wasn’t quite ready and we had luggage. They let us store it at their desk at Rockin Js while we went for a bite to eat and a quick swim.
Others on our shuttle picked a longer trip that ended in Bocas del Toro, Panama. I noticed that they were dropped off at what looked like a nice restaurant for a lunch stop before continuing on the journey.
San Jose, Puerto Viejo and Bocas are the stops on their daily shuttles, but they can also offer private or semi-private transfers to Arenal, Monteverde, Tortuguero, Samara, Tamarindo, Montezuma and Santa Teresa. The prices range from $39 to $75.
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