Getting Here

Getting from San Jose to Manuel Antonio 

Driving yourselves / Flying/ or Private Van

Manuel Antonio is a 2 1/2 hour drive from Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose.  You can rent a car and drive yourselves;  roads are generally good but we would not recommend driving the route at night.  You can also fly from San Jose into the small town of Quepos on either Sansa Air or Nature Air.  The flight takes about 30 minutes and costs about $70 per person.  We can help you then rent a car in Quepos or will assist you in getting directly to your villa. Additionally, we will be happy to set you up with a private van and driver for approximately $240 one way for up to 8 people. Our drivers speak English, the van will be air conditioned, and the driver will have water on board for your comfort.

By Road

Driving from San Jose: Approximately 2 1/2 hours.

From Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, take Highway 1 west/northwest approximately 12 kilometers (6 miles). Exit Highway 1 to the right at the signs for Atenas and Orotina, and make a left turn and begin driving on the road over the mountains toward the town of Atenas. When reaching Atenas, continue on the same main road toward Orotina.

In Orotina, take the highway to Puntarenas and drive for approximately 10 kilometers. Just after the only gas station that you will see on your left, take the exit to Jaco. Stay on this road through Jaco and the town of Parrita to Quepos. After Quepos you are only 6 kilometers from Manuel Antonio.

By Domestic Flight

There are two domestic airlines that fly daily to Quepos. The rate is approximately $70 per person and there are multiple flights available depending on the season.

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Private transportation service

We can assist you with the arrangements for a private van and driver from San Jose, or if you visit Arenal first, we can also assist you with a private van and driver from that area.

The price for a private van and driver (one way) from San Jose (prices from Arenal to Manuel Antonio are slightly higher).

  • 1 – 8 people $240
  • 9 - 25 people $350