There are several ways to get to Tortuguero. You can choose between a fast but a little more expensive way, or a longest but also more economical.
Our recommendation is that you stay at least 2 nights in Tortuguero, because sometimes the journey is long and tiring, depending from where you intend to come from. This way you will have more time for activities not to be missed while visiting Tortuguero.
How to get to Tortuguero
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Driving directions to La Pavona dock
Look for Rancho La Pavona
La Pavona - Cariari - Pococí
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From San José
Duration: 5 hours approximately
Cost: USD $ 15 °° approximately.
This is the cheapest way but also the one that takes more time and the most tired of arriving to Tortuguero. However, it could be one of the most entertaining.
You must first arrive at the Caribbean Grand Bus Terminal in San Jose, also known as "Caribeños Bus Stop". If you take a taxi the driver will know how to get there.
Public Bus Schedule from San Jose to Cariari
We strongly recommend you to take one of the first buses in the morning, because if you take one after 10:30 am, you will not arrive in time at the town of Cariari to take the bus that would take you to La Pavona (the place where you take the public boat to Tortuguero).
If this happens, then you must spend the night in the town of Cariari of Guápiles.
Once in Cariari you will have to take the bus to La Pavona at Coopetraca Bus Stop.
Public Bus Schedule from Cariari to La Pavona
Do not lose sight of your luggage at bus stations in Costa Rica or during the bus trip, you may be victim of theft.
Shuttle aquatic transportation (from La Pavona to La Baula Lodge)
Cost: USD $5.00 per person
Public aquatic transportation (from La Pavona to Tortuguero Town)
Cost: USD $4.00 per person
La Pavona Parking Lot: Price per day $10,00 (per car), is located in the same place of the boat port.
Once you have arrived at the town of Tortuguero, you will take a water taxi and ask it to take you to La Baula Lodge. We are at only 3 minutes by boat from town. Taxis will charge an approximate fee of $ 3 per person.
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