Getting to Guanacaste: By Air, Land or Sea

March 18, 2005

BUS SCHEDULESSAN JOSÉ – LIBERIAPulmitan, 222-1650, Ca. 24, Av. 5/7, 4 hours, 30 minutes,¢1,850 ($4). Leaving San José: Hourly 6 a.m.-6 p.m., 7p.m. (Fridays only), 8 p.m., direct 3, 5 p.m. LeavingLiberia: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4, 6, 8 p.m.SAN JOSÉ – SANTA CRUZAlfaro-Tracopa, 222-2666, Ca. 14, Av. 5, 5 hours, 30minutes, ¢2,260 ($4.90). Leaving San José: 6:30, 10a.m., 1:30, 3, 5 p.m. Leaving Santa Cruz: 5:30, 7:30, 10a.m., 12:30, 3 p.m.Tralapa, 223-5859, Ca. 20, Av. 3/4, 3 hours, 40 minutesvia Tempisque Bridge, 5 hours via Liberia, ¢2,260($4.90). Leaving San José: Via Tempisque Bridge, 7, 10,10:30 a.m., 1, 4 p.m.; via Liberia, 8, 9 a.m., noon, 2, 3,3:30, 6 p.m. Leaving Santa Cruz: Via Tempisque Bridge,3, 5, 6:30, 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.; via Liberia, 4:30, 5,8:30, 11:30 a.m., 2, 5 p.m.SAN JOSÉ – TILARÁNTransportes Tilarán, 222-3854, Ca. 12, Av. 7/9, 4 hours,¢1,485 ($3.20). Leaving San José: 7:30, 9:30 a.m.,12:45, 3:45, 6:30 p.m. Leaving Tilarán: 5, 7, 9:30 a.m.,2, 5 p.m.SAN JOSÉ – CAÑAS – UPALATransportes La Cañera, 222-3006, Ca. 16, Av. 3/5, 3hours, 30 minutes, ¢1,150 ($2.50) to Cañas; 4 hours,¢2,365 ($5.10) to Upala via Cañas; 6 hours, ¢2,085($4.50) to Santa Cecilia via Cañas. Leaving San José: ToCañas, 8:30, 9:50, 11:50 a.m., 1:40, 3, 3:10 (direct), 4:45p.m.; to Upala via Cañas, 6:10 a.m.; to Cañas via SantaCecilia, 6:40 a.m. Leaving Cañas: 4, 5, 6, 9 a.m., 12:20,1:40 p.m. Leaving Upala: 2 p.m. Leaving Santa Cecilia:3 p.m.SAN JOSÉ – LA CRUZ – PEÑAS BLANCAS(Nicaraguan border)Transportes Deldú, 256-9072, Ca. 20, Av. 1, next toHotel Cocorí, 5 hours, ¢2,800 ($6) to Peñas Blancas,¢2,400 ($5.15) to La Cruz. Leaving San José: 5, 7, 7:45,10:45 a.m., 1:20, 4:10 p.m. Leaving Peñas Blancas:5:15, 7:30, 10:30, 10:45 a.m., noon, 3:30 p.m.SAN JOSÉ – TAMARINDOTracopa-Alfaro, 222-2666, Ca. 14, Av. 5, 6 hours, ¢2,355($5.10). Leaving San José: 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. LeavingTamarindo: 3:30, 5:45 a.m., Sundays 5:45 a.m., 1 p.m.SAN JOSÉ – PLAYAS DEL COCOPulmitan, 222-1650, Ca. 24, Av. 5/7, 5 hours, ¢2,200($4.75). Leaving San José: 8 a.m., 2, 4 p.m. LeavingPlayas del Coco: 4, 8 a.m., 2 p.m.SAN JOSÉ – BRASILITO/CONCHAL – FLAMINGOTralapa, 221-7202, Ca. 20, Av. 3/5, 5 hours, ¢2,245($4.85) to Brasilito and Conchal, ¢2,585 ($5.60) toFlamingo. Leaving San José: 8, 10:30 a.m., 3 p.m.Leaving Flamingo: 2:45 a.m., 9 a.m., 2 p.m.SAN JOSÉ – PLAYA PANAMÁTralapa, 221-7202, Ca. 20, Av. 3/5, 5 hours, ¢2,245($4.85). Leaving San José: 3:30 p.m. Leaving PlayaPanamá: 5 a.m.SAN JOSÉ – NICOYAEmpresa Alfaro-Tracopa, 222-2666, Ca. 14, Av. 3/5, 5-6hours, ¢2,260 ($4.85). Leaving San José: Via TempisqueBridge, 6, 8, 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2, 4, 6:30 p.m.; via Liberia,6:30, 10 a.m., 1:30, 3, 5 p.m. Leaving Nicoya: ViaTempisque Bridge, 3:45, 4:30, 5:20, 9:45 a.m., noon, 2:45,5:20 p.m.; via Liberia, 5:30, 7:30, 10 a.m., 12:30, 3 p.m.SAN JOSÉ – SÁMARAEmpresa Tracopa-Alfaro, 222-2666, Ca. 14, Av. 3/5, 5hours, ¢2,585 ($5.60). Leaving San José: 12:30, 6:30 p.m.Leaving Sámara: 4, 8:45 a.m., Sunday 8:45 a.m., 1 p.m.SAN JOSÉ – NOSARAEmpresa Alfaro, 222-2666, Ca. 14, Av. 3/5, 6 hours,¢2,775 ($6). Leaving San José: 6 a.m. Leaving Nosara:12:30 p.m.FERRY SCHEDULEPUNTARENAS – NARANJOFerry Conatramar, 661-1069, 200 m. north of PlazaMonserrat, 1 hour, adults ¢650 ($1.40), kids under 12¢300 ($0.65), motorcycles ¢1,300 ($2.80), cars ¢5,500($11.85). Leaving Puntarenas: 6, 10 a.m., 2:20, 7 p.m.Leaving Naranjo: 7:30 a.m., 12:30, 5, 9 p.m.Getting to Guanacaste: By Air, Land or SeaCompiled by Sonia Cordero, Tico Times StaffAIRLINE INFORMATIONAMERICAN Airlines offers a daily nonstop flight (no. 2127) fromMiami to Liberia, departing Miami at 11:06 a.m. and arriving in Liberiaat 12:53 p.m. Returning to the United States, the plane departs Liberiafor Miami at 2:03 p.m. and arrives at 5:46 p.m. For reservations, call257-1266 or visit www.aa.com and enter “LIR” under Airport Code.DELTA offers daily service between Atlanta and Liberia. Flight DL295 departs Atlanta at 10:56 a.m., arriving in Liberia at 1:47 p.m.Returning to the United States, flight DL 366 departs Liberia at 3:07p.m. and arrives in Atlanta at 7:51 p.m. Flights include hot meals. Formore information, visit www.delta.com.CONTINENTAL Airlines (www.continental.com) and USAirways (www.usairways.com) also offer direct flights into Liberia’sDaniel Oduber International Airport.NATURE AIR offers flights between San José (departing from theTobias Bolaños Airport in the western district of Pavas) and the followingGuanacaste destinations: Liberia, Punta Islita, Nosara, Sámara-Carrillo and Tamarindo. A flight is also available from Liberia toGranada, Nicaragua. For schedules or reservations, call 299-6000 orvisit www.natureair.com.SANSA offers service between the Juan Santamaría InternationalAirport in Alajuela, east of San José, and the following destinations inGuanacaste: Liberia, Tamarindo, Nosara, Punta Islita, Sámara-Carrillo. For fares, schedules and reservations, call 221-9414 or visitwww.flysansa.com.AEROBELL, according to manager Viviana Montealegre, workson a charter basis and offers a variety of aircraft and rates. Clients canfly between San José and Liberia, Nicoya, Nosara, Punta Islita andTamarindo, among other destinations. The charter company also offersair ambulance, executive flights, international flights, air photography,helicopters and parachuting. For more information, call 290-0000 orvisit www.aerobell.com.

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