From San José to Puerto Viejo you have to take route 32 and the trip takes between 4 to 5 hours. There are several options to get there:
The company MEPE has a regular trip San José - Puerto Viejo Limón and vice versa. It costs approximately USD 8 per person you can check the schedules at the following link: Horarios Limón / Puerto Viejo
There are regular shuttle San Jose - Puerto Viejo Limon and vice versa, the shuttles go maximum 16 people, have air conditioning and wifi connection. It has a cost of USD 55 per person. You can check schedules and prices in the following link: Daily Shuttle Schedule | Costa Rica/Panamá/Nicaragua
If you want a private transfer for a group or family you can write to us and we will organize it for you, it has an approximate cost of USD 250.
If you want to have more freedom you can rent a car from the airport, there are many options Hertz, Adobe, Alamo, Sixt and many more, the daily price ranges from USD 20 depending on the car and the number of days.
Sansa flies from San Jose to Limon 2 or 3 times a day depending on the season. Flights will operate from Juan Santamaria airport (the main inter-national airport but from a separate terminal next to the main terminal). Flight times change often, so check schedules using the booking links below or with the airline.
We have an adventure circuit before or after arriving to the Caribbean paradise and enjoy the beaches for the more adventurous. Between San Jose and Puerto Viejo there is the Pacuare river where you can do a class III-IV rating. Departure from San Jose is at 6 AM, and in approximately two hours you reach the Pacuare River, known for its crystal clear waters and entertaining rapids, which are not very demanding but there are many, approximately 52. After this adventure the trip continues to San Jose to reach the paradise in Cariblue at approximately 5 PM.
We have a circuit for those who are looking to soak up more nature and want to co-experience the Tortuguero park before or after the Caribbean beach. Between San Jose and Puerto Viejo is the wonderful Tortuguero Park, primary nesting habitat for sea turtles from July to November. Departure from San Jose is at 5:20 in the morning. We recommend staying two nights in Tortuguero, where the first day you arrive at Caño Blanco where you take a boat through the main channel to go to the northern part of Tortuguero National Park. The second day aboard a canoe you travel through the jungle exploring hidden lagoons and canals, as you go deeper into the jungle, the canals become narrower and the wildlife begins to come closer. It is a very enriching experience as you are accompanied all the way by an expert naturalist of the area. After the walk we return to the hotel for breakfast and then check out and head back to Caño Blanco and then continue the trip to Cari-blue.