Getting to and from ACADEMIA DE ESPAÑOL D’AMORE

There are a some suggestions that you may take into consideration when you are planning your trip to our ACADEMIA D’AMORE.  Here are some of them.

Our local travel agent in Quepos, Lynch Travel  will provide you with the most updated and accurate travel information down to Quepos and any other part of the country.  For more information please, contact them at their phone number (506) 2777-1170, or email address lyntur@racsa.co.cr or let us know and we will help you.

By Plane

Sansa : Flies to Quepos daily at 7:45, 8:50, and 11am, and 12:50, 2:40, and 4:25pm from San José’s Juan Santamaría International Airport. The flight’s duration is 15 minutes; the fare is $44 each way. When you’re ready to depart, Sansa has daily flights to San José leaving at 8:30, 9:30, and 11:45am, and 1:35, 3:25, and 5:10pm. Tel. (506) 2221-9414 / (506) 2777-0683.

Nature Air :  Flies to Quepos daily at 6, 9, and 11am, and 2:30 and 4pm from Tobías Bolaños International Airport in Pavas. Flight duration is 15 minutes; the fare is $45 each way. Nature Air flights leave for San José daily at 6:35, 10:50, and 11:35am, and 3:10 and 4:40pm. Tel. (506) 2220-3054.

Both Sansa and Nature Air provide airport-transfer service coordinated with their arriving flights. The service costs between $3 to $5 per person each way, depending on where exactly your hotel is located. La Academia de Español D’Amore will help you to confirm your return flight, and a pickup at your hotel for that day, if necessary. Taxis occasionally meet incoming flights as well. Expect to be charged between $8 and $12 per car for up to four people, depending on the distance to your hotel and your bargaining abilities.

By Car

– From San José, the most popular route is to take the narrow and winding old highway, which turns off the Interamerican Highway just west of Alajuela near the town of Atenas and joins the Costanera near Orotina. Just follow the many signs to hotels in either Jacó or Manuel Antonio. When you reach Jacó, it’s a straight shot and another hour to Manuel Antonio.

You can also take the Interamerican Highway west to the Puntarenas turnoff and head south on the Costanera, the coastal road through Jacó. This is your best bet if heading to Manuel Antonio from Puntarenas or any point north.

Finally, you could try the more rugged route beginning in Ciudad Colón, a western suburb of San José, then heading out to Puriscal, and joining the Costanera near Parrita. This is the shortest route, but has some sections that are not paved and others that are in rough shape. Nevertheless, it is often used by locals, especially during the dry season. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended, but normal two-wheel-drive sedans can usually make it.

By Bus

– Express buses to Manuel Antonio leave San José daily at 6am, noon, and 6 and 7pm from the Antigua Plaza Viquez, estación Tracopa. Trip duration is 3 1/2 hours; the fare is $6. These buses go all the way to the park entrance and will drop you off at any of the hotels along the way. Tel. (506) 2223-5567.

– Regular buses to Quepos leave San José daily at 7 and 10am, and 2, 4, and 6pm. Trip duration is 4 hours; the fare is $4.25. These buses stop in Quepos. From here, if you’re staying at one of the hotels on the road to Manuel Antonio, you must take a local bus or taxi to your hotel. Tel. (506) 2223-5567.

Grayline has a daily bus leaving San José for Quepos and Manuel Antonio at 8:30am; fare, $35.  T el. (506) 2220-2126. The highest quality tour operator in Costa Rica. Find Hotels from Guanacaste, tours to monteverde and excursions to tortuguero, family adventures in Costa Rica, packages to Jaco and Manuel Antonio and more.

Interbus has a daily bus leaving San José for Quepos and Manuel Antonio at 8am; fare, $35. Both companies will pick you up at most San José-area hotels.  T el. (506) 2283-5573.

Transportes Quepos-Puntarenas – Buses leave Puntarenas for Quepos daily at 5 and 11am, and 2:30 and 4:30pm. The ride takes 2 1/2 hours; the fare is $3. Buses for Puntarenas leave daily at 4:30, 7:30, and 10:30am, and 3pm. Tel. (506) 2777-0743;

Many of the buses for Quepos stop to unload and pick up passengers in Playa de Jacó. If you’re in Jacó heading toward Manuel Antonio, you can try your luck at one of the covered bus stops out on the Interamerican Highway.

From Quepos, buses leave for Manuel Antonio daily, roughly every half hour, from 6am to 7pm, with one late bus at 10pm. The fare is 115¢. The ride takes about 15 minutes.

When you’re ready to depart, the Quepos bus station is next to the market, which is 3 blocks east of the water and 2 blocks north of the road to Manuel Antonio. Express buses to San José leave daily at 6 and 9:30am, noon, 2:30 and 5:00 pm. Local buses to San José (duration is 4 hr.) leave at 5 and 8am, and 2 and 4pm.  Tel. (506) 2777-0263.

In the busy winter months, tickets sell out well in advance, especially on weekends; if you can, purchase your ticket several days in advance. However, you must buy your Quepos-bound tickets in San José and your San José return tickets in Quepos. If you’re staying in Manuel Antonio, you can buy your return ticket for a direct bus in advance in Quepos and then wait along the road to be picked up. There is no particular bus stop; just make sure you are out to flag the bus down and give it time to stop — you don’t want to be standing in a blind spot when the bus comes flying around some tight corner.  Any bus headed for San José or Puntarenas will let you off in Playa de Jacó.

Orientation

Quepos is a little port town at the mouth of the Boca Vieja Estuary. After crossing the bridge into town, take the lower road (to the left of the high road). In 4 blocks, turn left, and you’ll be on the road to Manuel Antonio. This road winds through town a bit before starting over the hill to all the hotels and the national park.

Getting Around

– A taxi from Quepos to Manuel Antonio or any hotel along the road toward the park, costs around $5. The return trip from the park to your hotel should cost only 400¢ per person. I know this system doesn’t make much sense, but this is a fixed price, so watch out for drivers who try to charge more. If the taxi must leave the main road for hotels like La Mariposa, El Parador, and Makanda, the charge is a little higher. If you need to call a taxi, dial  (506) 2777-1695 or (506) 2777-0425.

– The bus between Quepos and Manuel Antonio takes 15 minutes each way, and runs roughly every half hour from 6am to 7pm daily, with one late bus leaving Quepos at 9:30pm and returning from Manuel Antonio at 10:00pm. 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 280¢.

You can also rent a car from Adobe (tel. (506) 2777-5130), Alamo (tel. (506) 2777-3344), or Payless Rent-a-Car (tel. (506) 2777-0115) for around $50 a day. All have offices in downtown Quepos, 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 unless you intend to stay within sight of the car at all times. Car break-ins are commonplace here. There are now a couple of parking lots just outside the park entrance, which cost around $3 for the whole day. You should definitely keep your car in one of these while exploring the park or soaking up sun on the beach. And while these lots do offer a modicum of protection and safety, you should still not leave anything of value exposed in the car. The trunk is probably safe.

Fast Facts

Botica Quepos is the main pharmacy in town. It’s on the corner of the main street where you make the turn for Manuel Antonio and is open daily from 7am to 8pm., tel. (506) 2777-0038.

Quepos Hospital phone number (506) 2777-0922.
Rural Guard (local police), call (506) 2777-0196.

There are a handful of Internet cafes around Quepos and along the road to Manuel Antonio, and many hotels are providing this service as well.

For further information, do not hesitate to contact us at info@academiadamore.com

WELCOME TO MANUEL ANTONIO, COSTA RICA

Quepos is a little port town at the mouth of the Boca Vieja Estuary.  After crossing the bridge into town, take the lower road (on the left of the high road).  Past 4 blocks, turn left, and you will be on the road to Manuel Antonio.

This road winds through town a bit before starting over the hill to all the hotels and the National Park.  ACADEMIA DE ESPAÑOL D’AMORE is located in kilometer 3rd on the road down to the Manuel Antonio National Park, next to Bungalows Tulermar.  Coming from Quepos you will see on your right hand side a big blue sign with our name on it.  Right there, that’s where we are!

If you decide to take a taxi or bus from Quepos to ACADEMIA D’AMORE, you should ask the driver to drop you of at ACADEMIA D’AMORE NEXT TO BUNGALOWS TULEMAR, that way, he will drop you off at the right place.

A taxi will cost around $5 for private service.  The return trip  from the ACADEMIA D’AMORE to Quepos should cost only 500 colones per person, and it is collective service.  We know this system does not make much sense, but this is a fixed price, so watch out for drivers who try to charge you more.

The bus ride takes 15 minutes each way, and runs roughly every half hour from 6am to 7pm daily, with one late bus leaving Quepos at 9:30pm and returning from Manuel Antonio  at 10:00pm.  The buses, which leave from the main bus terminal in Quepos, near the market, go all the way to the National Park entrance before returning at the very end roundabout.  You can flag down these buses from certain points on the side of the road.  The fare is  200 colones (20 cents).

For further information, do not hesitate to contact us at info@academiadamore.com or call us at 506-2777-0233 – 506-2777-1143 or TOLL FREE  1-877-434-7290

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