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Private transportation to Malpais, Santa Teresa, Montezuma

by | May 17, 2013

Transportation to Malpais, Montezuma and all other beaches in the southern part of the Nicoya Peninsula, requires taking the ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera.  The ferry ride is very pleasant and gives you unique views of the Gulf of Nicoya, its beautiful islands and beach landscapes.

Once on the peninsula, there are only a few miles of paved roads and the popular beaches of Montezuma, Malpais and Santa Teresa are all connected by the infamous Guanacaste dirt roads.  If you don’t want to drive these bumpy, dusty (or muddy) roads, we offer several simple transportation solutions.  Here I describe the two options for Private transportation to Malpais, Santa Teresa, Montezuma and all other locations in the southern Nicoya Peninsula.  There are also daily shared shuttles and I’ll write about those in a future post.

Private transfer with “Van Switch” at the ferry

a.     You will be picked up by our driver at the airport or hotel in San Jose, Arenal, or wherever you are.  He will take you to the ferry dock in Puntarenas

b.     You get on the ferry with your luggage.  Have your camera handy and enjoy the ride.  The van does not go on the ferry with you.

d.    On the other side of the Gulf we’ll have another van and driver waiting for you.  He will have our usual sign with your name.   This second driver will take you the rest of the way to Tambor, Montezuma, Malpais or Santa Teresa.

 We recommend this option because:

  • It is cheaper as there is no charge taking the van on the Ferry
  • Takes less time because the Ferry will take all passengers, but only a limited number of     cars.  So, you’ll always go on the first ferry.

Private Transfer with “NO Van Switch” at the ferry

a.     The same van that picked you up goes on the Ferry with your luggage, and takes you all the way to your final destination

b.    This requires getting to the port a little earlier to be sure the van gets on the first ferry.  This is more important in the busy months of the dry season: December to April.  If our van doesn’t make it on the first ferry you have to wait for the next one.  This is a 2 or 3 hour wait.

c.    This trip costs a lot more because the ferry charges $50 each way for the van.

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As in all our private transportation, the price includes: the driver, fuel, insurance, parking, road tolls, ferry tickets and all other expenses.

I hope one of these options will work for you, please write if you have questions or you’d like more details.

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…started with the best

We were really tired from the flight so it was a relief to have someone waiting for us on time. The vehicle was very good. The driver was so nice and friendly. Our trip started with the best way because of Morpho vans. Thank you!

Zoi D.
Private Transfer San Jose Airport to Arenal
March 13, 2019

Company is fantastic as is the people you employ

Mario, your company is fantastic as is the people you employ. Jimmy was probably the best person to get us acquainted with Costa Rica. Bring my phone back to me, will never be forgotten and I will recommend you guys to all my friends and family traveling to Costa Rica. Pura Vida!

Michael T.
Multiple Private Transfers
May 12, 2019

Excellent service with Morpho Vans on our trip to Costa Rica!

Excellent service with Morpho Vans on our trip to Costa Rica! We had two families of 4 people and all trips were great. SJO to Jaco area in a van for 8 people (with free WIFI), then Jaco to Lost Igurano resort, which is a 5+ hour trip on winding roads, and finally a trip back to the airport at 4 am. Drivers always arrived early but were fine waiting for us. We stopped at local restaurants for great meals. All trips were safe and efficient. I highly recommend if you are looking for transportation in Costa Rica.

Joel S.
Multiple Private Transfers
January 8, 2019

Reliable and comfortable

This was my first experience with Morphovans and it was so easy. I reserved the van online and Francisco, my driver, was waiting for me outside the airport with a sign to welcome me. He was very friendly and efficient. And the van was very clean and comfortable. I will definitely use this company again and will recommend it to anyone.

Elizabeth U.
Private Transfer San Jose Airport to Jaco
March 14, 2022

I would recommend this company with the highest of praise and confidence!

Morpho Vans was a huge help to us. We needed a ride 6 hours away and they responded promptly and efficiently and provided us with an excellent car and an even better driver- Jimmy. We called them for every ride we needed in Costa Rica- I would recommend this company with the highest of praise and confidence!

Mary Ellen M.
Multiple Private Transfers
January 8, 2019

Very Friendly and Professional

Fabian and Jimmy were great! Both are very friendly and professional. Mario and his wife were excellent with communication and planning. Will recommend Morpho to all my friends and family. Gracias y pura vida! ✌️

Lee G.
Multiple Private Transfers
February 28, 2019

Most Reliable Ride!

No better way to end a long day of travel than to see a friendly face holding a sign with my name. From being easy to identify to always arriving early for a pick up, Morpho drivers are the best!

Karen H.
Private Transfer San Jose Airport to Jaco
March 20, 2022

Highly recommend

Great communication before the trip and during, even when our plans kept changing they were really responsive and nothing was a problem.

Clean car, great driver, punctual.

Would use again without hesitation.

Rowan M.
Private Transportation Service
March 21, 2022

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