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 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.
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:
Tamarindo – Liberia
Duration: 2.5 Hours
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)
Tamarindo – Santa Cruz
Duration: 1 hour
Departs Tamarindo: 0700, 1400
Departs Santa Cruz: 1230, 2100
Tamarindo – San Jose
Duration: 6-7 hours
Departs Tamarindo: 0330, 0530, 1230
Departs San Jose: 1130, 1530
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;