Getting there & away
Santa Cruz is 57km from Liberia and 25km south of Filadelfia. It’s on the main peninsular highway and is often an overnight stop for people visiting the peninsula. A paved road leads 16km west to 27 de Abril, from where dirt roads continue to Playa Tamarindo, Playa Junquillal and other beaches.
Some buses depart from the terminal on the north side of Plaza de Los Mangos.
Liberia (La Pampa) US$1, 1½ hours, depart every 30 minutes from 5:30am to 7:30pm.
Nicoya (La Pampa) US$0.50, one hour, depart every 30 minutes from 6am to 9:30pm.
San José US$5.50, 4¼ hours, Tralapa has nine buses from 3am to 5pm, Empresas Alfaro buses depart at 5:30am, 7:30am, 10am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 3pm and 5pm. (For Alfaro, buy tickets at the Alfaro office, 200m south of the plaza, but catch the bus on the main road north of town.)
Other local buses leave from the terminal 400m east of the plaza. These schedules fluctuate constantly, so ask around.
Bahía Potrero US$1.50, 1¼ hours, depart every two to three hours.
Playa Brasilito US$1.50, one hour, depart in the morning and afternoon.
Playa Flamingo US$1.50, one hour, departs in the afternoon.
Playa Junquillal US$2, 1½ hours, departs in the afternoon.
Playa Tamarindo US$2, 1½ hours, depart every two to three hours.