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How to get to Mal Pais

By Airplane


We recommend Sansa, they have departing flights out of the San Jose International Airport Juan Santamaria. The Sansa Terminal is a 5 minute walk from the main Terminal away. You can check their schedules below or online to see if it fits your itinerary, also book your flight online thru our webpage. If you book your flight thru or webpage with Sansa you will be able to profit from a special rate that we have worked out with them just for our hotel guests.

There is also Nature Air that also has flights out of the International Airport, they also have departing flights from the San Jose Pavas Airport, that is located closer to San Jose down town. Depending on traffic from the International Airport to the San Jose Pavas Airport it could vary from 30 minutes to 1 ½ hour taxi ride. You can check their schedules online to see if it fits your itinerary, also book your flight online thru our webpage.

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You will be flying into Tambor, which takes only 25 minutes from San Jose. From Tambor we can arrange for your pick-up, with our Hotel SUV or a private driver or taxi for a small charge, even have a car rental to meet you there and you could do the 50 minutes drive yourself.

Don't lose valuable time on the road when you could be spending an extra night in Mal País!

Driving vs Flying to Tambor :

  • Distance: 220 kilometers from San Jose

  • Driving time: 5 hours

  • Flying time: 25 minutes

By Car

From San Jose drive to the port town of Puntarenas on the west coast of Costa Rica, it's about a 2 hour drive. Then take the ferry Tambor 1 or 2 across the Gulf of Nicoya to Paquera, that's another 1.5 hour ferry ride. From Paquera drive via Tambor and Cobano to Mal Pais that is about a 1.5 to 2 hour drive. Turn left at the Mal Pais/Santa Teresa crossroads and continue one km until you see our hotel sign to your left. Drive up the hill about 400 meters until you arrive at our hotel.

Rent a Car

You can rent a car in San Jose or here in Mal Pais. It is also possible to have your rental car brought to the Tambor airport. Rent your car with:" target="_blank">Alamo or Budget or Economy.

Ferry Schedules* Tambor Ferry II or III


From Puntarenas to Paquera: 5:00 | 9:00 | 11:00 | 14:00 | 17:00 | 20:30

From Paquera to Puntarenas: 5:30 | 9:00 | 11:00 | 14:00 | 17:00 | 20:00

Make sure you take the Tambor Ferry II or Tambor Ferry III

*These schedules often change.

For current schedules call Tel. +(506) 2661 2084 Extension: 4