Getting There & Departing
By Plane: The nearest airport with regularly scheduled flights is in Liberia. From there, you can arrange for a taxi to take you to Playa del Coco or Playa Ocotal, which is about a 25-minute drive, for $40 to $65.
By Car: From Liberia, head west on CR21 toward Santa Cruz. Just past the village of Comunidad, turn right. In about 11km (6 3/4 miles), you’ll come to a fork in the road. Take the left fork. The right fork goes to Playa Hermosa. The drive takes about 4 hours from San José.
By Bus: Pulmitan express buses (tel. 2222-1650 in San José, or 2670-0095 in Playa del Coco; www.pulmitandeliberia.com) leave San José for Playa del Coco at 8am and 2 and 4pm daily from Calle 24 between avenidas 5 and 7. Allow 5 hours for the trip. A one-way ticket is C5000. From Liberia, buses (tel. 2666-0458) to Playa del Coco leave regularly throughout the day between 5am and 7pm. A one-way ticket for the 40-minute trip costs around C1250. These bus schedules change frequently, so it’s always best to check in advance. During the high season and on weekends, extra buses from Liberia are sometimes added. The bus for San José leaves Playa del Coco daily at 4 and 8am and 2pm. Local buses for Liberia leave daily between 5am and 7pm.
Depending on demand, the Playa del Coco buses sometimes go as far as Playa Ocotal; it’s worth checking beforehand. Otherwise, a taxi should cost around C4,500 to C6,000.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.