Getting there & away
Buses for San José (US$2.50, three hours) stop at the Plaza Jacó mall, north of the center. Buses depart at 5am, 7:30am, 11am, 3pm and 5pm.
The bus stop for other destinations is opposite the Más X Menos supermarket. (Stand in front of the supermarket if you’re headed north; stand across the street if you’re headed south.) Buses to Puntarenas (US$1.50, 1½ hours) depart at 6am, 9am, noon and 4:30pm. Buses to Quepos (US$2, 1½ hours) depart at 6am, noon, 4:30pm and 6pm. These are approximate departure times since buses originate in Puntarenas or Quepos. Get to the stop early!
Travelers are increasingly taking advantage of the jet boat transfer service that connects Jacó to Montezuma. Several boats per day cross the Golfo de Nicoya, and the journey only takes about an hour. At US$35 it’s definitely not cheap, but it’ll save you about a day’s worth of travel. Reservations can be made at most tour operators in town. It’s a beach landing, so wear the right shoes.