A taxi between Quepos and Manuel Antonio (or any hotel along the road toward the park) costs between C4,000 and C5,000, depending upon the distance. At night or if the taxi must leave the main road (for hotels such as La Mariposa, Parador, Makanda, and Arenas del Mar), the charge is a little higher. If you need to call a taxi, dial (tel) 2777-0425 or 2777-1207. Taxis are supposed to use meters, although they don’t always. If your taxi doesn’t have a meter, or the driver won’t use it, try to negotiate in advance. Ask your hotel what a taxi ride should cost.
The bus between Quepos and Manuel Antonio ((tel) 2777-0318) takes 15 minutes each way and runs roughly every half-hour from 5:30am to 9:30pm daily. The buses, which leave from the main bus terminal in Quepos, near the market, go all the way to the national park entrance before turning around and returning. You can flag down these buses from any point on the side of the road. The fare is C250.
You can also rent a car from National/Alamo ((tel) 2777-3344), Economy ((tel) 2777-5260), or Hertz ((tel) 2777-3365) for between $45 and $150 a day. All have offices in downtown Quepos or Manuel Antonio, but with advance notice, someone will meet you at the airport with your car for no extra charge.
If you rent a car, never leave anything of value in it. Car break-ins are common here. A couple of parking lots just outside the park entrance cost around $3 for the entire day. You should definitely keep your car in one of these while exploring the park or soaking up sun on the beach. And although these lots do offer a modicum of protection, you still should not leave anything of value exposed in the car.