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Driving In Costa Rica: Distance And Duration Of Popular Routes

Driving In Costa Rica: Distance And Duration Of Popular Routes

Last updated on July 19th, 2021 at 02:53 pm EST

Why predetermining drive distance and duration in Costa Rica matters

Costa Rica’s diminutive size can be deceiving. Though tiny, you’ll find no shortage of mountains, volcanoes, rivers, valleys, canyons, and cliffside communities here, plus plenty more obstacles for roads and highways to weave around. Rarely are drives conducted on straightaways, which means destinations that appear close to one another on a map may actually be tens or hundreds of kilometers apart (note that Costa Rica uses the metric system). For this reason, trips almost always take longer than you’d expect them to, and that’s not even factoring in potential delays caused by rough road conditions, poor weather, protests or celebratory parades, road construction, and other time-consuming encounters.

While you may not be able to narrow down exact arrival times, it’s important to obtain an approximate duration for each route you intend to travel while in Costa Rica. This information will help you best prepare for your trip. Knowing roughly how many kilometers and how much time separate the destinations you intend to visit can help you determine the following:

  • When you’ll likely need to stop for gasoline
  • When you’ll likely need to stop to stretch or use the bathroom
  • When you may need to stop to eat food along a route (assuming you drive over the lunch hour or the dinner hour)
  • The latest time of day that you should set out on any route in order to ensure you arrive at a destination before dark (6pm; driving after this time is not recommended)
  • Plans for hotel check-ins and check-outs
  • Whether you’ll have enough time in the morning (before setting out on a route) or in the afternoon (after completing a route) to participate in a tour or activity

Important notes about our approximate travel times

The average drive times listed below are estimates based on our own travels around Costa Rica. This being said, the duration of Costa Rica routes can be influenced by many factors, so it’s best to assume that your driving experience may be different than ours.

For routes cited below to take less than an hour, give yourself an extra 15 minutes when scheduling your trip. For example, if we suggest that a route takes 45 minutes to drive, assume you’ll arrive at your destination in no less than 30 minutes but likely no more than 1 hour. For routes that take between 1-3 hours to drive, give yourself an extra 30 minutes of buffer time, and for routes that take more than 3 hours to drive, extend that window to 45 minutes to 1 hour.

The average drive times listed below are for travel via direct (non-collective) ground transportation, ideally routes driven in a rental car. Routes traveled via shared shuttle service, private transfer service, and public transportation (i.e., local buses) may take more or less time than our approximations. Domestic flights, which are an alternative form of domestic travel in Costa Rica (see our related blog post Costa Rica Transportation: 12 Ways To Get Around Costa Rica for more transportation options), may also take more or less time than our approximations.

Note that each list below begins with “San Jose”–Costa Rica’s capital city. Following San Jose, destinations are listed in alphabetical order.

Highway help

If you’re interested in learning about the highways mentioned in our charts, including highway conditions, traffic, tolls, river crossings, 4×4-vehicle requirements, and more, please see the links directly below. Note that clicking on one of the highway links below will open our related blog post Costa Rica Highway Conditions By Route in a new window.

Highway 1 / Highway 2 / Highway 3 / Highway 4 / Highway 6 / Highway 10 / Highway 14 / Highway 17 / Highway 18 / Highway 21 / Highway 27 / Highway 32 / Highway 34 / Highway 36 / Highway 39

Driving from San Jose (capital city)

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
AlajuelaHighway 120 kilometers30 minutes
AtenasHighway 27; Highway 1 and Highway 340 kilometers40 minutes
CahuitaHighway 32 and Highway 36200 kilometers3 hours and 45 minutes
CartagoHighway 2 and Highway 1025 kilometers40 minutes
Coco (Playas del Coco)Highway 1, Highway 21, and Road 151245 kilometers4 hours
DominicalHighway 27 and Highway 34
*This coastal route avoids driving over Cerro de la Muerte
210 kilometers3 hours
DominicalHighway 2 and Road 243
*This mountain route requires driving over Cerro de la Muerte
170 kilometers3.5 hours
Flamingo (Playa Flamingo)Highway 1, Highway 18, Highway 21, Road 155, and Road 180285 kilometers4.5 hours
GolfitoHighway 27, Highway 34, Highway 2, and Highway 14
*This coastal route avoids driving over Cerro de la Muerte
345 kilometers5 hours
GolfitoHighway 2, Road 243, Highway 34, Highway 2 (again), and Highway 14
*This mountain route requires driving over Cerro de la Muerte
305 kilometers6 hours
Grande (Playa Grande)Highway 1, Highway 18, Highway 21, Road 160, Road 155/152, and Road 933275 kilometers4.5 hours
Hermosa (Playa Hermosa)Highway 1, Highway 21, Road 254, and Road 159240 kilometers4 hours
JacoHighway 27 and Highway 34100 kilometers2 hours
La Fortuna / ArenalHighway 1 and Road 702 (through San Ramon)130 kilometers3 hours
La Fortuna / ArenalHighway 1 and Road 141 (through Ciudad Quesada)140 kilometers3.5 hours
LiberiaHighway 1220 kilometers3.5 hours
LimonHighway 32160 kilometers3 hours
Manuel Antonio / QueposHighway 27, Highway 34, and Road 235170 kilometers3 hours
ManzanilloRoad 256, Highway 36, and Highway 32230 kilometers4 hours and 20 minutes
Monteverde / Santa ElenaHighway 1 and Road 606150 kilometers3 hours
MontezumaHighway 1, Highway 23, Highway 17, ferry ride across the Nicoya Gulf, the Nicoya Peninsula coastal road, and Road 624
*This route requires a ferry ride
140 kilometers (excluding distance traveled by ferry)4 hours (excluding the 1-hour ferry ride across the Nicoya Gulf and additional ferry loading/unloading time)
MontezumaHighway 1, Highway 18, Highway 21, the Nicoya Peninsula coastal road, and Road 624
*This route avoids a ferry ride
310 kilometers5.5 hours
NosaraHighway 1, Highway 18, Road 150, and Road 160260 kilometers4.5 hours
Papagayo PeninsulaHighway 1, Highway 21, and Road 253240-255 kilometers4-4.5 hours
Puerto JimenezHighway 27, Highway 34, Highway 2, and Road 245
*This coastal route avoids driving over Cerro de la Muerte
375 kilometers5.5 hours
Puerto JimenezHighway 2, Road 243, Highway 34, Highway 2 (again), and Road 245
*This mountain route requires driving over Cerro de la Muerte
335 kilometers6 hours
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui / SarapiquiHighway 32 and Highway 485 kilometers1 hour and 45 minutes
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca / Puerto ViejoHighway 32, Highway 36, and Road 256215 kilometers4 hours
PuntarenasHighway 1, Highway 23, and Highway 17100 kilometers2 hours
SamaraHighway 1, Highway 18, Highway 21, and Road 150240 kilometers4 hours
San Gerardo de DotaHighway 2 and Calle San Gerardo85 kilometers2 hours
San Isidro de El GeneralHighway 2135 kilometers3 hours
San RamonHighway 160 kilometers1 hour
Santa Teresa / MalpaisHighway 1, Highway 23, Highway 17, the Nicoya Peninsula coastal road, ferry ride across the Nicoya Gulf, and the unnamed principal access road
*This route requires a ferry ride
145 kilometers (excluding distance traveled by ferry)4.5 hours (excluding the 1-hour ferry ride across the Nicoya Gulf and additional ferry loading/unloading time)
Santa Teresa / MalpaisHighway 1, Highway 18, Highway 21, the Nicoya Peninsula coastal road, and the unnamed principal access road
*This route avoids a ferry ride
315 kilometers6 hours
Siquirres (Pacuare River rafting tours)Highway 32100 kilometers2 hours
TamarindoHighway 1, Highway 18, Highway 21, Road 160, Road 152, and Avenida de las Palmas290 kilometers4.5 hours
TamborHighway 1, Highway 23, Highway 17, ferry ride across the Nicoya Gulf, and the Nicoya Peninsula coastal road
*This route requires a ferry ride
120 kilometers (excluding distance traveled by ferry)3.5 hours (excluding the 1-hour ferry ride across the Nicoya Gulf and additional ferry loading/unloading time)
TamborHighway 1, Highway 18, Highway 21, and the Nicoya Peninsula coastal road
*This route avoids a ferry ride
290 kilometers5 hours
TortugueroHighway 32, Road 806, and boat ride through canals from the dock at Cano Blanco
*This route requires a boat ride
135 kilometers (excluding distance traveled by boat from the dock at Cano Blanco to Tortuguero Village)3 hours (excluding the 75-minute boat through the canals and additional boat loading/unloading time)
TurrialbaHighway 2, Road 219, Road 230, and Highway 1060 kilometers1.5 hours
Uvita

Driving from Alajuela

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseHighway 120 kilometers30 minutes
AtenasHighway 1 and Highway 325 kilometers30 minutes
CartagoHighway 1, Highway 39, Highway 2, and Highway 1045 kilometers70 minutes
San RamonHighway 145 kilometers45 minutes
TurrialbaHighway 1, Highway 39, Highway 2, Road 219, Road 230, and Highway 1080 kilometers2 hours

Driving from Atenas

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseHighway 27; Highway 2 and Highway 140 kilometers40 minutes
AlajuelaHighway 3 and Highway 125 kilometers30 minutes
LiberiaHighway 27 and Highway 1180 kilometers2.5 hours

Driving from Cahuita

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseHighway 36 and Highway 32200 kilometers3 hours and 45 minutes
La Fortuna / ArenalHighway 36, Highway 32, Highway 4, and Road 142255 kilometers4.5 hours
LimonHighway 3645 kilometers45 minutes
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca / Puerto ViejoHighway 36 and Road 25615 kilometers15 minutes
Siquirres (Pacuare River rafting tours)Highway 36 and Highway 32105 kilometers1 hour and 45 minutes

Driving from Cartago

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseHighway 10 and Highway 225 kilometers40 minutes
AlajuelaHighway 10, Highway 2, Highway 39, and Highway 145 kilometers70 minutes
LiberiaHighway 10, Highway 2, Highway 39, Highway 27, and Highway 1235 kilometers3 hours and 40 minutes

Driving from Coco (Playas del Coco)

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseRoad 151, Highway 21, and Highway 1245 kilometers4 hours
LiberiaRoad 151 and Highway 2135 kilometers40 minutes

Driving from Dominical

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseHighway 34 and Highway 27
*This coastal route avoids driving over Cerro de la Muerte
210 kilometers3 hours
San JoseRoad 243 and Highway 2
*This mountain route requires driving over Cerro de la Muerte
170 kilometers3.5 hours
LiberiaHighway 34, Highway 27, Highway 23, and Highway 1295 kilometers4 hours
Manuel Antonio / QueposHighway 34 and Road 23540 kilometers30 minutes
UvitaHighway 3418 kilometers15 minutes

Driving from Flamingo (Playa Flamingo)

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseRoad 180, Road 155, Highway 21, Highway 18, and Highway 1285 kilometers4.5 hours
LiberiaRoad 180, Road 155, and Highway 2175 kilometers75 minutes

Driving from Golfito

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseHighway 14, Highway 2, Highway 34, and Highway 27
*This coastal route avoids driving over Cerro de la Muerte
345 kilometers5 hours
San JoseHighway 14, Highway 2, Highway 34, Road 243, and Highway 2 (again)
*This mountain route requires driving over Cerro de la Muerte
305 kilometers6 hours
LiberiaHighway 14, Highway 2, Highway 34, Highway 27, Highway 23, and Highway 1430 kilometers7 hours

Driving from Grande (Playa Grande)

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseRoad 933, Road 152/155, Road 160, Highway 21, Highway 18, and Highway 1275 kilometers4.5 hours
LiberiaRoad 933, Road 155, and Highway 2175 kilometers75 minutes
TamarindoRoad 933, Road 180, Road 155, and Avenida de las Palmas20 kilometers30 minutes
TamarindoBoat transport across the estuary at Rio MatapaloN/A5-15 minutes

Driving from Hermosa (Playa Hermosa)

Playa Hermosa on the northern Pacific / Guanacaste coast (not Playa Hermosa along the central Pacific coast)

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseRoad 159, Road 254, Highway 21, and Highway 1240 kilometers4 hours
LiberiaRoad 159, Road 254, and Highway 2135 kilometers35 minutes

Driving from Jaco

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseHighway 34 and Highway 27100 kilometers2 hours
LiberiaHighway 34, Highway 27, and Highway 1185 kilometers3 hours

Driving from La Fortuna / Arenal

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseRoad 702 and Highway 1 (through San Ramon)130 kilometers3 hours
San JoseRoad 141 and Highway 1 (through Ciudad Quesada)140 kilometers3.5 hours
CahuitaRoad 142, Highway 4, Highway 32, and Highway 36255 kilometers4.5 hours
LiberiaRoad 142 and Highway 1135 kilometers2.5 hours
LimonRoad 142, Highway 4, and Highway 32215 kilometers3.5 hours
Manuel Antonio / QueposRoad 702, Highway 1, Highway 23, Highway 27, Highway 34, and Road 235245 kilometers5 hours
Monteverde / Santa ElenaRoad 142, Road 145, and Road 606
*This route avoids a boat ride across Lake Arenal
115 kilometers3.5 hours
Monteverde / Santa ElenaVia combined ground-boat-ground transfer
*This route requires a boat ride across Lake Arenal
N/A3 hours
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui / SarapiquiRoad 142 and Highway 475 kilometers75 minutes
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca / Puerto ViejoRoad 142, Highway 4, Highway 32, Highway 36, and Road 256270 kilometers5 hours
San RamonRoad 70270 kilometers1 hour and 45 minutes
Siquirres (Pacuare River rafting tours)Road 142, Highway 4, and Highway 32155 kilometers2.5 hours

Driving from Liberia

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseHighway 1220 kilometers3.5 hours
AtenasHighway 1 and Highway 27180 kilometers2.5 hours
CartagoHighway 1, Highway 27, Highway 39, Highway 2, and Highway 10235 kilometers3 hours and 40 minutes
Coco (Playas del Coco)Highway 21 and Road 15135 kilometers40 minutes
DominicalHighway 1, Highway 23, Highway 27, and Highway 34295 kilometers4 hours
Flamingo (Playa Flamingo)Highway 21, Road 155, and Road 18075 kilometers75 minutes
GolfitoHighway 1, Highway 23, Highway 27, Highway 34, Highway 2, and Highway 14430 kilometers7 hours
Hermosa (Playa Hermosa)Highway 21, Road 254, and Road 15935 kilometers35 minutes
JacoHighway 1, Highway 27, and Highway 34185 kilometers3 hours
La Fortuna / ArenalHighway 1 and Road 142135 kilometers2.5 hours
Manuel Antonio / QueposHighway 1, Highway 23, Highway 27, Highway 34, and Road 235255 kilometers4 hours
Monteverde / Santa ElenaHighway 1, Road 145, and Road 606110 kilometers2 hours
MontezumaHighway 21, the Nicoya Peninsula coastal road, and Road 624210 kilometers4 hours
NosaraHighway 21, Road 150, and Road 160135 kilometers3 hours
Puerto JimenezHighway 1, Highway 23, Highway 27, Highway 34, Highway 2, and Road 245460 kilometers7 hours
PuntarenasHighway 1, Highway 23, and Highway 17130 kilometers2 hours
San Gerardo de DotaHighway 1, Highway 23, Highway 27, Highway 2, and Calle San Gerardo295 kilometers5.5 hours
San Isidro de El GeneralHighway 1, Highway 23, Highway 27, Highway 34, and Road 243325 kilometers5 hours
Santa Teresa / MalpaisHighway 21, the Nicoya Peninsula coastal road, and the unnamed principal access road215 kilometers4.5 hours
TamborHighway 21 and the Nicoya Peninsula coastal road190 kilometers3.5 hours
TurrialbaHighway 1, Highway 27, Highway 39, Highway 2, Road 219, Road 230, and Highway 10270 kilometers5 hours

Driving from Limon

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseHighway 32160 kilometers3 hours
CahuitaHighway 3645 kilometers45 minutes
La Fortuna / ArenalHighway 32, Highway 4, and Road 142215 kilometers3.5 hours
ManzanilloHighway 36 and Road 25675 kilometers1.5 hours
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca / Puerto ViejoHighway 36 and Road 25660 kilometers1 hour
Siquirres (Pacuare River rafting tours)Highway 3260 kilometers1 hour

Driving from Manuel Antonio / Quepos

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseRoad 235, Highway 34, Highway 27170 kilometers3 hours
DominicalRoad 235 and Highway 3440 kilometers30 minutes
LiberiaRoad 235, Highway 34, Highway 27, Highway 23, and Highway 1255 kilometers4 hours
La Fortuna / ArenalRoad 235, Highway 34, Highway 27, Highway 23, Highway 1, and Road 702245 kilometers5 hours
MonteverdeRoad 235, Highway 34, Highway 27, Highway 23, Highway 1, and Road 606190 kilometers3.5 hours

Driving from Manzanillo

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseRoad 256, Highway 36, and Highway 32230 kilometers4 hours and 20 minutes
LimonRoad 256 and Highway 3675 kilometers1.5 hours
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca / Puerto ViejoRoad 25613 kilometers20 minutes

Driving from Monteverde / Santa Elena

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseRoad 606 and Highway 1150 kilometers3 hours
La Fortuna / ArenalRoad 606, Road 145, and Road 142
*This route avoids a boat ride across Lake Arenal
115 kilometers3.5 hours
La Fortuna / ArenalVia combined ground-boat-ground transfer
*This route requires a boat ride across Lake Arenal
N/A3 hours
LiberiaRoad 606, Road 145, and Highway 1110 kilometers2 hours
Manuel Antonio / QueposRoad 606, Highway 1, Highway 23, Highway 27, Highway 34, and Road 235190 kilometers3.5 hours

Driving from Montezuma

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseRoad 624, the Nicoya Peninsula coastal road, ferry ride across the Nicoya Gulf, Highway 17, Highway 23, and Highway 1
*This route requires a ferry ride
140 kilometers (excluding distance traveled by ferry)4 hours (excluding the 1-hour ferry ride across the Nicoya Gulf and additional ferry loading/unloading time)
San JoseRoad 624, the Nicoya Peninsula coastal road, Highway 21, Highway 18, and Highway 1
*This route avoids a ferry ride
310 kilometers5.5 hours
LiberiaRoad 624, the Nicoya Peninsula coastal road, and Highway 21210 kilometers4 hours
Santa Teresa / MalpaisThe road to Delicias15 kilometers40 minutes

Driving from Nosara

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseRoad 160, Road 150, Highway 18, and Highway 1260 kilometers4.5 hours
LiberiaRoad 160, Road 150, and Highway 21135 kilometers3 hours
SamaraRoad 16030 kilometers45-60 minutes

Driving from the Papagayo Peninsula

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseRoad 253, Highway 21, and Highway 1240-255 kilometers4-4.5 hours
LiberiaRoad 253 and Highway 2130-45 kilometers30-50 minutes

Driving from Puerto Jimenez

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseRoad 245, Highway 2, Highway 34, and Highway 27
*This coastal route avoids driving over Cerro de la Muerte
375 kilometers5.5 hours
San JoseRoad 245, Highway 2, Highway 34, Road 243, and Highway 2 (again)
*This mountain route requires driving over Cerro de la Muerte
335 kilometers6 hours
LiberiaRoad 245, Highway 2, Highway 34, Highway 27, Highway 23, and Highway 1460 kilometers7 hours

Driving from Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui / Sarapiqui

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseHighway 4 and Highway 3285 kilometers1 hour and 45 minutes
La Fortuna / ArenalHighway 4 and Road 14275 kilometers75 minutes

Driving from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca / Puerto Viejo

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseRoad 256, Highway 36, and Highway 32215 kilometers4 hours
CahuitaRoad 256 and Highway 3615 kilometers15 minutes
La Fortuna / ArenalRoad 256, Highway 36, Highway 32, Highway 4, and Road 142270 kilometers5 hours
LimonRoad 256 and Highway 3660 kilometers1 hour
ManzanilloRoad 25613 kilometers20 minutes
Siquirres (Pacuare River rafting tours)Road 256, Highway 36, and Highway 32120 kilometers2 hours

Driving from Puntarenas

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseHighway 17, Highway 23, and Highway 1 100 kilometers2 hours
LiberiaHighway 17, Highway 23, and Highway 1130 kilometers2 hours

Driving from Samara

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseRoad 150, Highway 21, Highway 18, and Highway 1240 kilometers4 hours
LiberiaRoad 150 and Highway 21115 kilometers2 hours
NosaraRoad 16030 kilometers45-60 minutes

Driving from San Gerardo de Dota

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseCalle San Gerardo and Highway 285 kilometers2 hours
LiberiaCalle San Gerardo, Highway 2, Highway 27, Highway 23, and Highway 1295 kilometers5.5 hours
San Isidro de El GeneralCalle San Gerardo and Highway 260 kilometers75 minutes

Driving from San Isidro de El General

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseHighway 2135 kilometers3 hours
LiberiaRoad 243, Highway 34, Highway 27, Highway 23, and Highway 1325 kilometers5 hours
San Gerardo de DotaHighway 2 and Calle San Gerardo60 kilometers75 minutes

Driving from San Ramon

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseHighway 160 kilometers1 hour
AlajuelaHighway 145 kilometers45 minutes
La Fortuna / ArenalRoad 70270 kilometers1 hour and 45 minutes

Driving from Santa Teresa / Malpais

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseThe unnamed principal access road, the Nicoya Peninsula coastal road, ferry ride across the Nicoya Gulf, Highway 17, Highway 23, and Highway 1
*This route requires a ferry ride
145 kilometers (excluding distance traveled by ferry)4.5 hours (excluding the 1-hour ferry ride across the Nicoya Gulf and additional ferry loading/unloading time)
San JoseThe unnamed principal access road, the Nicoya Peninsula coastal road, Highway 21, Highway 18, and Highway 1
*This route avoids a ferry ride
315 kilometers6 hours
LiberiaThe unnamed principal access road, the Nicoya Peninsula coastal road, and Highway 21215 kilometers4.5 hours
MontezumaThe road to Delicias15 kilometers40 minutes

Driving from Siquirres (Pacuare River rafting tours)

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseHighway 32100 kilometers2 hours
CahuitaHighway 32 and Highway 36105 kilometers1 hour and 45 minutes
La Fortuna / ArenalHighway 32, Highway 4, and Road 142155 kilometers2.5 hours
LimonHighway 3260 kilometers1 hour
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca / Puerto ViejoHighway 32, Highway 36, and Road 256120 kilometers2 hours

Driving from Tamarindo

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseAvenida de las Palmas, Road 152, Road 160, Highway 21, Highway 18, and Highway 1290 kilometers4.5 hours
Flamingo (Playa Flamingo)Avenida de las Palmas, Road 155, and Road 18025 kilometers30 minutes
Grande (Playa Grande)Avenida de las Palmas, Road 155, Road 180, and Road 93320 kilometers30 minutes
Grande (Playa Grande)Boat transport across the estuary at Rio MatapaloN/A5-15 minutes
LiberiaAvenida de las Palmas, Road 155, and Highway 2175 kilometers75 minutes

Driving from Tambor

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseThe Nicoya Peninsula coastal road, ferry ride across the Nicoya Gulf, Highway 17, Highway 23, and Highway 1
*This route requires a ferry ride
120 kilometers (excluding distance traveled by ferry)3.5 hours (excluding the 1-hour ferry ride across the Nicoya Gulf and additional ferry loading/unloading time)
San JoseThe Nicoya Peninsula coastal road, Highway 21, Highway 18, and Highway 1
*This route avoids a ferry ride
290 kilometers5 hours
LiberiaThe Nicoya Peninsula coastal road and Highway 21190 kilometers3.5 hours

Driving from Tortuguero

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseBoat ride through canals to the dock at Cano Blanco, Road 806, and Highway 32
*This route requires a boat ride
135 kilometers (excluding distance traveled by boat from Tortuguero Village to the dock at Cano Blanco)3 hours (excluding the 75-minute boat through the canals and additional boat loading/unloading time)

Driving from Turrialba

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseHighway 10, Road 230, Road 219, and Highway 260 kilometers1.5 hours
AlajuelaHighway 10, Road 230, Road 219, Highway 2, Highway 39, and Highway 180 kilometers2 hour
LiberiaHighway 10, Road 230, Road 219, Highway 2, Highway 39, Highway 27, and Highway 1270 kilometers5 hours

Driving from Uvita

to…via…is roughly…and takes approximately…
San JoseHighway 34 and Highway 27
*This coastal route avoids driving over Cerro de la Muerte
230 kilometers3.5 hours
San JoseHighway 34, Road 243, and Highway 2
*This mountain route requires driving over Cerro de la Muerte
190 kilometers4 hours
DominicalHighway 3418 kilometers15 minutes
LiberiaHighway 34, Highway 27, Highway 23, and Highway 1315 kilometers4.5 hours
Manuel Antonio / QueposHighway 34 and Road 23560 kilometers45 minutes
OjochalHighway 3416 kilometers15 minutes

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