San José Airport to Puerto Viejo If you are going to Blue Conga, you must take Limon Highway # 32 from downtown San José.
The journey takes approximately 5 hours, depending on weather and traffic conditions. GPS coordinates are: LAT (N) 09: 44: 473 LON (W) 082: 51: 033 The part of the journey takes you through the mountains of the Braulio Carrillo National Park which offers stunning views but can often be rainy or foggy so drive with caution.
The second part of the trip is through the scenic plains where you see banana and pineapple plantations. On the outskirts of Limon you see a sign Cahuita and Puerto Viejo.Turn right at Texaco station and continue for 1 hour south along a scenic road that runs along the Caribbean Sea.
There are different ways to get to Puerto Viejo. You can hire a car from one of the major international car rental companies from San José International Airport or one of their downtown locations. Reservations can be made online through the agency's reservation system.
The cheapest way to get from San José to Puerto Viejo is by bus leaving from the "Atlantico Norte" bus station every day at 06:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00. The journey takes about 5 hours. You must purchase your ticket in advance if you are traveling on weekends, holidays or during peak tourist season.
Bus: San José bus station: "Atlántico Norte" (MEPE)
Terminal Atlántico Norte (point B on the map)
New address: Avenida 9, Calle 12, Barrio México
San José - Puerto Viejo
Price: 6500colones (around 12 $ USD)
Infos bus San José: (+506) 2257-81-29 | Infos bus Puerto Viejo: (+506) 2750-00-23
Another exciting transportation option is to have a unique experience spending the day rafting on the Pacuare River. Our rafting partner will pick you up at 6:00 am from your hotel in San José or La Fortuna and then drive you to their base in Siquirres where you will be served breakfast before setting off on your rafting expedition. At noon you will stop for lunch and then continue rafting. Your luggage will be safely stored until your return in the late afternoon when you can shower and change into dry clothes. The van will then drive you to the Blue Conga Hotel, arriving around 6:00 PM.
This excursion is also available from Puerto Viejo on the way to Fortuna or San José.
The price for this excursion is $ 99 per person, including transportation, rafting, breakfast and lunch.
Please let us know if you would like to take this combined rafting / transport option.
We can also book transportation for you on Private Shuttle Company (hotel-to-hotel shared van service). You will be picked up from your hotel in San José and driven directly to the Blue Conga Hotel. There is a fixed schedule departing from San José every day around 8 a.m. and the fare is around $ 50 per person for a one-way (4 hour drive). This service is also available to and from Fortuna / Arenal at approximately $ 60 per person one way. The private shuttle company leaves La Fortuna daily around 6.30am and from Puerto Viejo to Fortuna around 11am (6 hour drive).
Please contact us if you would like to book the shared mini bus service between San José / Arenal and Puerto Viejo.
Another hassle-free alternative is to have a private driver pick you up from San José Airport and take you directly to the Blue Conga Hotel. This service allows you to avoid spending the night in San José and provides an official air-conditioned taxi or a ten-passenger mini bus with no luggage restrictions. The cost is between $ 160 and $ 220 one way. Book here for the option of private driver transportation from the airport to the Blue Conga hotel.