You can arrange to have a shuttle or taxi pick you up at the airport or hotel and take you directly to Santa Teresa. Shared ($50 pp.) and Private shuttles ($120) are available.
Sansa Regional and Nature Air are two companies with multiple daily flights from San Jose to Tambor. The flights take about 30 minutes, and from there a 35 minute drive brings you to Santa Teresa. ($100 pp)
There are many rental car companies in Costa Rica, but not all of them have offices in Santa Teresa/Malpais. National, Alamo, Budget, and Toyota all have car rental locations in Santa Teresa. This is useful if you’d like a one-way rental. From the airport to Santa Teresa it takes around 5 hours. ($50 and up per day)
Direct Bus from San Jose
A direct bus, run by Transportes Cobano, leaves twice a day from Downtown San Jose and brings you to Mal Pais/Santa Teresa.
The bus departs from the San Carlos bus terminal at 6:00am and 2:00pm. The 6:00am bus arrives at about 12:30pm, and the 2:00pm bus arrives at about 8:30pm.
You can always call Transportes Cobano to confirm departure time. Phone numbers: 2221-7479 — 2642-1112 — 2642-1117
Once the bus arrives in Santa Teresa, it drives up the road a couple kilometers. If you know where you want to go, ask the driver to drop you off in front of your destination.
Water Taxi from Jaco
Water Taxi leaves Herradura Beach (just north of Jaco) every day at 11am (weather permitting). Passengers are picked up in Jaco and driven to the departure point. Zuma Tours can also arrange a shuttle from different locations, such as Manual Antonio. Arrives in Montezuma an hour later. From there, Zuma Tours takes you by shuttle to Santa Teresa. Perfect opportunity to observe wildlife, including dolphins, manta rays, turtles, and the occasional whale. Reservations must be made in advance. You will get your feet wet, entering and exiting the boat. There is a weight limit for luggage, and surfboards and boxes have an addition fee. Shuttle Conections with Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, Tambor, Manuel Antonio, Dominical, Uvita, Airport and San Jose