There are a lot of car rentals in San José and all of them are available at the Airport. Rent a car allows you a total freedom while you are visiting Costa Rica. We always recommend this option even if sometimes the road can be long and fastidious. Don't expect to find highways in Costa Rica. You have to take your time and the weather conditions can be tuff sometimes. To arrive to Cahuita you must count 4 hours on average for 200Km.
If you don't like to lose your time on the road and you want to arrive quickly to the Caribbean, the domestic flight is your best option. Count 45 minutes of flight and another 30 minutes of road to arrive at Cahuita. Sansa Airlines organizes three flights San José - Limon and 2 flights Limon - San José per day during the high season.
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At Lilan Nature, we can organize a private mini bus for you. Many Guests who arrive at the airport in the morning or early afternoon and want to go directly to the Caribbean without having to deal with the road by themselves take this option. With a capacity of 6/8 persons, our driver picks you up in San José at your hotel or airport. For one way trip count around 200 Us dollars that you pay directly to the driver when you arrive.
The only condition for this service is to inform us with sufficient advance notice so we can check the driver's availability.
The shared minibus service runs from many hotels in San Jose and drops you at our address, which you need to advice the driver of at departure. It's a practical and cost effective method of transportation particularly if you are a small group. The price is around 55 USD per person per trip. On the way back to San Jose, the shared minibus can drop you back to the airport directly. If you choose this option, allow for taxis (which are convenient and easily booked) whilst you are on the Caribbean coast to explore the area. Alternatively you can also rent a car at Puerto Viejo when you arrive.