Travel To Montezuma
After La Fortuna, we headed to Montezuma, and I have to tell you that it was a long 9-hour journey by public transportation. It was an adventure which saved us a lot of money because we used the bus system but it’s not for the faint of heart. Lol, There are shuttles to take you the entire way if you’d rather not spend that much time traveling by bus in no air conditioning.
Transportation from La Fortuna to Montezuma
Here is a summary of our journey:
Bus from La Fortuna to San Ramon 2350
Walk around the corner to another bus stop
Bus from San Ramon to Puntarenas 1350
Ferry from Puntarenas to Paqueras 810
Bus from Paqueras to Montezuma 1000
Montezuma found a taxi to our hotel 1000
If you are interested in checking buses schedules and costs, we have found this website to be the most helpful. Click here.
Cost for a shuttle is approximately $60 per person – Travel time 5 hours.
In hindsight or if we come to Costa Rica again, we will take the shuttle. The trip to Montezuma using mostly public transportation was long and hot as the buses did not have air conditioning when we did this in March of 2019.
Costa Rica Tips
Eat at the Sodas. You can find sodas throughout Costa Rica, our favorites were in La Fortuna, but that could have been because we stayed there the longest, so we had plenty of time to meet locals and try many Sodas.
Buy the local fruits. The pineapple was without a doubt some of the best we’ve ever had, and it’s one of the few food items that’s cheap. Some of the other local fruits we loved are passion fruit, mangos, bananas (of course – super cheap), and granadilla (fabulous).
Go to Musmanni Bakery for your fresh-baked bread and pastries. Musmanni is a chain throughout Costa Rica that sells reasonably priced bread items. We found the selection of bread in the grocery stores to be lacking so it was nice to have an alternative.
We have a blog post on the Best Restaurants in La Fortuna with more to come from our Costa Rican trip.
If you are on a budget take the public buses. We took public transportation throughout Costa Rica, and we felt very safe. They were comfortable air-conditioned buses except for our trip from La Fortuna to Montezuma. We also took a bus from Manuel Antonio on the Pacific side to Cahuita on the Caribbean side, with a stop in San Jose. The buses were comfortable and air-conditioned. Actually, the trip from San Jose to Cahuita went through the mountains, past the banana groves and then along the ocean and it was beautiful!!
Take Uber if you can it’s less expensive than a taxi. Uber in Costa Rica is not widely accepted because the taxi drivers are in an uproar. For instance, if you fly into San Jose airport, Uber is ⅓ the cost of a taxi. The only thing is you need to meet them in departures rather than arrivals when landing in San Jose.
Buy a water filter before your Costa Rica vacation. Supposedly you can drink the water in most areas of Costa Rica, except for the rural areas. I personally tried to drink the water for the first week of our trip, and my stomach started hurting within a couple of days of drinking tap water, so I started running my drinking water through our Sawyer mini filtration system and that helped me a lot. Joel seemed to be okay, so everyone is different. The filter is inexpensive and compact which makes it great for travel or to have in your home in case of a natural disaster.
Get a Schwab High Yield Investor Checking account if you don’t want to pay ATM bank fees. This checking account has saved us so much money while traveling. I would say it’s saved us at least $35 per month as full-time travelers. The account is free, and they reimburse ALL ATM fees. It’s a no brainer if you travel a lot.
Bring your own biodegradable sunscreen. If you can fit sunscreen in your checked suitcase pack it! The typical bottle of sunscreen cost $15 to $20 a bottle. We found most bathroom type items were considerably more expensive in Costa Rica.
Costa Rican Coffee
Be sure and try the coffee. If you are a coffee lover like myself, you will be in heaven. Thanks to its fertile volcanic soil the coffee is fantastic, and it’s inexpensive so you may want to take some back in your suitcase. I found excellent coffee in the store for just over $2.
Pick up a Pura Vida souvenir. Pura Vida means “pure life,” and you will see this saying everywhere in the souvenir shops from shirts, mugs, pens, etc.
We found Costa Rica to be one of the more expensive countries we visited in Central America especially in regards to grocery shopping and restaurant prices. Hopefully, some of our suggestions will help you to save a few dollars on your trip to Costa Rica. We saw more wildlife during our month stay than we have ever seen in our lives. It’s a beautiful country with vast rain forests, cloud forests, and beaches to explore.
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These are areas in Costa Rice we have traveled to and we recommend staying in these areas based upon our personal experience. Click on the town to be referred to the booking.com link to each city.
I hope you found our Top Budget Costa Rica Vacation Tips to be useful and you are excited to visit Costa Rica.
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