How to get to your Adventures Close to Nature:
Time is money, and thus you have the choice to either travel very fast, maybe by plane, or very cost effective on public transports, in any case, if you´re not coming by plane, you´ll always have to do the last part of the trip by boat. Here are your options:
The cheapest way to come to Tortuguero is the public transportation system. Surely it is slow, but the journey is a sightseeing tour itself that you will miss when you just fly in.
Arrive like a Tico!
- From San JosÉ
- From Limon
To get to Tortuguero from San José, you need to take a bus to Cariari de Pococi at the Gran Terminal del Caribe (Caribbean Terminal) at 9:00 am.
The journey is about 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Arriving at Cariari, you have to take the bus to La Pavona at the same terminal of your arrival.
This travelling time is again about 1 hour.
In La Pavona there will be a boat waiting that will take you to Tortuguero. The last bus with a boat connection in La Pavona leaves Cariari at 03.00 pm.
Besides, there are a few more bus connections from San Jose to Cariari during the rest of the day, but we recommend the one at 9:00 am as the connection in Cariari and La Pavona is the most feasible.
If you want to get to Tortuguero from Puerto Limón (Moín), you have to take one of the boats that are usually leaving the pier of Moín at 10.00 am. The route covers about 80 kilometers and the trip is about 3 hours.
While traveling you will see rivers, lagoons and canals until you reach Tortuguero.
35$ per person
This trip has to be reserved with at least one day in advance! For any reservation, please get directly in contact with us!
The last mile has always to be done by boat. But as you can choose to take a public bus, your own or rented car or a taxi, you can also choose the public boat, a taxi boat, and yes, you can even come with your own boat!
Make your own Trip!
If you come to Tortuguero by car and out of San José, you have to take the route 32 in direction of the Caribbean Coast.
Once you´ve reached the town of Guápiles, you have to turn left at the "Servicentro Santa Clara" in direction of Cariari and continue from there to La Pavona.
There are signs so you will not get lost. In La Pavona you will find a parking where you can leave your car paying for the amount of days (10$ per day) you are going to stay in Tortuguero.
The public boats from La Pavona to Tortuguero are leaving at 07.30 am, 11.00 am, 01.00 pm and 04.30 pm. For the whole trip to La Pavona, you´ll have to count with about 3,5 hours.
For information about taxi boats, please contact us directly!
Taking a shuttle is the ideal choice for those who like to travel comfortably and don´t want to bother about navigation.
Let the Shuttle take you there!
Shuttles are available from San José, La Fortuna, Cahuita and Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, for further pick up places, please get directly in contact with us!
The shuttles can be scheduled for the boats leaving La Pavona at 11.00 am, 01.00 pm or 04.30 pm
Rates (minimum 2 persons):
San José - Tortuguero: 60$ per person
La Fortuna - Tortuguero: 60$ per person
Cahuita - Tortuguero: 45$ per person
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca - Tortuguero: 50$ per person
For any shuttle booking, please get directely in contact with us!
When time is the limiting factor, you can get to Tortuguero in only 30 minutes. Just take a flight and make the most of your time here!