Getting there & away
There is no public transportation to Avellana or Negra, though surf outfitters in Tamarindo organize trips, and just about every local in town is willing to give you (and your surfboard) a ride – bargain hard.
Buses from San José (US$5, six hours) depart from the Empresas Alfaro office next to the police station at 3:30am, 5:45am and 1pm.
Catch the following buses at any point on the main road:
Liberia US$1, two hours, depart at 5:30am, 9am, 11:30am, 3pm and 5pm.
Santa Cruz US$0.75, 1¼ hours, depart at 6am, 9am, 11am, 3:30pm and 4pm.
If driving to Tamarindo, the better road is from Belén to Huacas and then south. It’s also possible to drive from Santa Cruz to 27 de Abril on a paved road and then northwest on a dirt road for 19km to Tamarindo – this route is rougher, though passable to ordinary cars. A taxi from Santa Cruz costs about US$20 and it’s twice that from Liberia.
The airstrip is 3km north of town; a hotel bus is usually on hand to pick up arriving passengers or you can take a taxi. Sansa has 14 daily flights to and from San José (one way/return US$78/114), while NatureAir has five (US$80/160).
Sansa (653 0012) has an office on the main road, and the travel desk at Hotel El Diriá can book trips on NatureAir. The airstrip belongs to the hotel and all passengers must pay a US$3 departure tax to use it.