This travel vlog is about the process to get from Chicago, IL to beautiful Santa Teresa, Costa Rica in 2021. A total of 17 hours of travel. The schedule is listed out below. Get ready! We are working and traveling the world for the 2021 calendar year and want to take you with us on the journey!
I fit everything for a year in the below 2 packs –
Osprey Travel backpack: https://amzn.to/3pXPPfh
Topo Designs Day Pack: https://amzn.to/3bLQjjw
Our Travel to Costa Rica Timeline: Total travel time 17 hours
*Fly from Chicago (ORD) to Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL)
*Catch connecting flight from FLL to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)
-You will show your QR code before you board your flight to Costa Rica
-Total flight time: 6 hours and 25 minutes
-Total travel time from ORD to SJO: 9 hours
*Take the bus from SJO to Alamo Rental Car
-Total time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
-Make sure to get a 4X4!
*Drive from Alamo Rental Car to Puntarenas-Paquera Ferry dock
-Total time: 2 hours and 5 minutes
-There will be some traffic and about 4 tolls
*Take the ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera
-Total time: 70 minutes
-Out total cost for 3 people and 1 car was $28 USD
-You can bring your car on the ferry
-There are taxis waiting on the other side as well
-The ferry runs 4 times throughout the day
-Schedule your travel so that you will arrive before your departure time
*Drive from Paquera to Santa Teresa
-Total Time: 1 hour and 35 minutes
-There is an Alamo drop off in Santa Teresa
Our total travel time was 17 hours (we stopped to have lunch in San Jose).
We did this all in one day, but you can easily break the trip into two parts by flying into SJO one day, staying the night, and continuing your travel to Santa Teresa early the next morning.
It is best to do the drive from Paquera to Santa Teresa during the day because there are several potholes and windy, dirt roads (we learned this the hard way).
You can also fly from SJO to Tamarindo Airport (TPO) and take a taxi about 45 minutes to Santa Teresa. The airfare will cost a little over $100 and the taxi will probably cost about $40-$50 USD
Or fly directly into Liberia International Airport (LIR) in Guanacaste Province and drive down to Santa Teresa. The drive is about 4 hours. LIR has fewer international flights when compared to SJO and ticket prices tend to be a little higher.
Costa Rica tourism website: https://www.visitcostarica.com/en
Puntarenas to Paquera Ferry: https://www.quickpaycr.com/
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