Directions to Bella Vista Mar
Map & Directions
By bus: For you budget conscious, early risers, Alfaro Bus Company departs from San Jose to Nosara daily at 6:00 a.m., leaving from the Coca-Cola bus terminal, 14th Street and 5th Avenue. Fare is about $8.00 and it takes between 6 and 7 hours, depending on traffic and road conditions. Buy your ticket one day before your departure.
From San Jose (5 - 6 hours) or 4.5 - 5 hours
Directions to the Pan American Highway
Head west from the airport on the Pan American Highway towards Puntaranas. Continue past the exit for Punteranas and head toward Liberia. About 45 minutes later look for the left exit to the "Puente La Amistad de Taiwan". About 20 minutes later you will reach the new bridge. Continue on 20 more minutes to a stop sign.
Nicoya to Nosara (for both options above)
Turn right, following the signs to Nicoya. This is the last large town before Nosara, so stock up on gas and any other necessities. Most of the streets are one way - so watch out! Drive straight through Nicoya and follow signs to Samara and Garza. Just outside of Nicoya you will come to a T in the road with a stop sign. Turn right. about 30 minutes later you will climb a hill with a gas station on your left. Just past the gas station the road continues left to Samara (paved) and right to Nosara (gravel). Take the gravel road to your right.
Take a deep breath! From here on it is gravel with bumps, hills, turns, people and animals. Be careful and slow down. You will come to a T in the road. Turn right towards Garza and Nosara. You will pass through the small fishing village of Garza with the bay off to your left. This is where many of the fishing charters are based, and where many people stop for a cerveza!
About 10 minutes later you will pass through the small town of Esperanza. In a few more minutes you will see signs for Nosara Yoga Institute on your left and you will now start to see people (tourists!) and lots of activity.
Keep driving, you are almost there - watch for people and animals on the roads - and follow the signs for LaGarta Lodge and/or Reserve Biologica. After a few twists and turns the signs will direct you to a left hand turn up the hill. Keep going just past LaGarta and you will see the signs for Bella Vista Mar.
Call us if you get lost! We guarantee - it will be worth the drive!
From Liberia Airport (2.5 hours):
Drive south to Nicoya (Route21).
After you reach Nicoya, follow everything above.
Daily between San Jose Intl. airport and Nosara.