Buses depart from Junquillal to Santa Cruz (US$3, 1½ hours) at 6am, 9am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm; you can catch the bus anywhere along the main road. Buses from Santa Cruz to Junquillal depart from the Mercado Municipal at 5am, 10am, 2:30pm and 5:30pm.
If you’re driving, it’s about 16km by paved road from Santa Cruz to 27 de Abril, and another smooth 17km into town.
From Junquillal, it’s possible to drive 35km south to Nosara via the legendary surf spot of Marbella. However, this is a very rough dirt road for 4WD only and it may be impassable in the rainy season. There are no gas stations on the coastal road and little traffic, so ask locally before setting out. It’s easier to reach beaches south of Junquillal from Nicoya.