Getting Around the Tamarindo Area

Getting Around the Tamarindo Area

COLLECTIVOS

If you are standing on the side of the road and a car flashes their lights and/or beeps their horn, they are offering you a ride!  For a low cost of only ₡500 – ₡1,000, depending on destination, you will often find yourself in the company of several other locals heading to work or back home.  Invariably friendly, this efficient and cost-effective form of transport is a fun way to travel but do note that these are independent drivers with no special licenses, training or oversight.  

TAXIS

Taxis are plentiful, and for the most part they will take you anywhere that you want to go.  They can be pricey, and it is recommended that you confirm a cost before you get started, however the service is generally very good.
In Tamarindo taxis are always available in front of the Hotel Diria, and in front of both Plaza Conchal nd Plaza Tamarindo in the center of town.

BUSES

Local buses are the most economical way to travel between destination on the Guanacaste coast, as well as to San Jose.  The downside is that they are relatively slow when accounting for the numerous stops and run on schedule that may not be convenient for your travels.

There are 3 main bus lines that services the area:

LA PAMPA

Tamarindo – Liberia
Duration: 2.5 Hours
Cost: ₡1,250
Departs Tamarindo: 0330, 0430, 0545, 0730, 0900, 1000, 1130, 1300, 1415, 1500, 1615, 1700, 1830
Departs Liberia: 0355, 0515, 0810, 1000, 1010*, 1110**, 1310, 1410, 1610, 1810
*1010 va Playa Flamingo
**1110 via Flamingo, Brasilito, Matapalo (3 hours)

TRALAPA

Tamarindo – Santa Cruz
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: ₡650
Departs Tamarindo: 0700, 1400
Departs Santa Cruz: 1230, 2100

EMPRESA ALFARO

Tamarindo – San Jose
Duration: 6-7 hours
Cost: ₡5,635
Departs Tamarindo: 0330, 0530, 1230
Departs San Jose: 1130, 1530

SHUTTLES​

Shuttles are the most popular, and usually least expensive, way to get back and forth from the airport and most major hotels and attractions.

There are numerous local companies that provide these services, including the following;

SiSiSi Transfers & Tours

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Phone: 2653 1616

Tamarindo Transfers & Tours

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Phone: 2653 4444

Playa Grande Shuttle & Tours

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Phone: 8722 4778

Trip ‘N Taxi

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Phone: 8631 1727

Tamarindo Quick Transfers & Tours

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Phone: 8622 3055

Showtime Tamarindo

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Phone: 8705 8328

Tropical Tours Shuttles

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Phone: 2640 1900

Ecotrans Costa Rica

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Phone: 2654 5151