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 C4,500. 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 C850. 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 C3,500 to C5,000.
Gray Line (tel. 800/719-3105 in the U.S. and Canada, or 2220-2126 in Costa Rica; www.graylinecostarica.com) and Interbus (tel. 4031-0888; www.interbusonline.com) both have two daily buses leaving San José for the beaches in this area, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The fare is $54. Both companies will pick you up at most San José–area hotels and have connections to most other tourist destinations around Costa Rica.