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Air

NatureAir and Alfa Romeo Aero Taxi offer charter flights. Prices are dependent on the number of passengers, so it’s best to try to organize a larger group if you’re considering this option.

Boat

The jet-boat transfer service that connects Jacó to Montezuma is, far and away, the most efficient way to get between the central Pacific coast and the Península de Nicoya. The journey across the Golfo de Nicoya only takes about an hour (compared to about seven hours overland), though at US$40 it’s definitely not cheap. (For US$10 you can bring a bicycle or surfboard.) The bonus? Sometimes travelers see dolphins along the ride. Several boats leave daily from Playa Herradura, 2km north of town. Reservations are required and the most consistent departures are with Zuma Tours at 10am. It’s a beach landing, so wear the right shoes.

Bus

Gray Line, Easy Ride and Monkey Ride run shared shuttles from Jacó to popular destinations such as San José (from US$45), Manuel Antonio (from US$35), Dominical/Uvita (from US$45), Sierpe (from US$60), Puerto Jiménez (US$79) and Monteverde (from US$59). Easy Ride also offers direct shuttles to Granada, Nicaragua (8:45am, US$99).

Buses for San José stop at the Plaza Jacó mall, north of the center. The bus stops for other destinations are opposite the Más x Menos supermarket: stand at the bus stop in front of the supermarket if you’re headed north; stand at the bus stop across the street if you’re headed south. Buses originate in Puntarenas or Quepos, so consult your lodgings about the latest schedule and get to the stop early.

Puntarenas US$2.72, 1½ hours, 12 daily between 6am and 7:30pm

Quepos US$2.72, 1½ hours, 12 daily between 6am and 7pm

San José US$5.45, 2½ hours, eight daily between 6am and 7pm