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From San Jose:
There are 4 different routes to reach Arenal from San Jose. All of them are beautiful and each one is different.

1- San Jose-Heredia-Varablanca-San Miguel-Aguas Zarcas-Muelle-La Fortuna (Blue Route)

Attention:  The accesses and roads to Varablanca and San Miguel may have been detoured or even closed. Due to the last January earth quake several roads were severely damaged in that area. Please inform yourself before travelling there.


Take the Panamerican Highway # 1 north towards the airport. Get off the highway before the 1st bridge on your right and follow the signs to Heredia downtown. Once you reach Heredia downtown follow the signs to Barva de Heredia. (See map of downtown Heredia #26 and follow the green route) Once in Barva, you will see a soccer field at your left and the church at your right. Keep straight and this road will lead you to the town of Birri-Roble and then to Varablanca. Once at Varablanca turn right at the gas station, and that road will lead you to Cariblanco and San Miguel. Almost reaching San Miguel follow the signs to Aguas Zarcas, Muelle, Tanque and La Fortuna.

*Attention:  The accesses and roads to Varablanca and San Miguel may have been detoured or even closed. Due to a bridege closed

2- San Jose-Alajuela-Poas Volcano-Varablanca-Cariblanco-San Miguel-Aguas Zarcas-Muelle-La Fortuna.

Attention:  The accesses and roads to Varablanca and San Miguel may have been detoured or even closed. Due to the last January earth quake several roads were severely damaged in that area. Please inform yourself before travelling there.

Take the Panamerican Highway # 1 north towards the airport. Once you have passed the Toll booth and the first street light take the
exit to Alajuela just in front of the Airport and continue that road through Alajuela downtown. (See map of Alajuela Downtown #24 and follow the green route). Once passing the town of Alajuela you will start to climb the mountains and see the coffee plantations that will lead you to the Poas Volcano. Before you reach the Volcano you will find a sign to Varablanca. Turn right and continue straight ahead until the next stop sign where you turn left to Cariblanco and San Miguel. Before reaching San Miguel follow the sign to Aguas Zarcas, Muelle, Tanque and into La Fortuna.

3- San Jose-Grecia-Sarchi-Naranjo-Zarcero-Ciudad Quesada-Florencia-Tanque-La Fortuna (Light Blue Route)

Take the Panamerican Highway #1 north to Alajuela. You will pass the Airport and continue straight for some kilometers until you see the sign to Grecia. Turn right and continue to Grecia downtown. Once you reach downtown you will see a red church on your left. Drive to the back of the red church by turning left and at the next corner turn left again (so you will be at the other side of the church), In here you will see and follow the the signs to Sarchi. Once in Sarchi continue the road to Naranjo. As you arrive in Naranjo follow the signs to Zarcero and Ciudad Quesada. Once in Ciudad Quesada. follow the signs to Tanque and La Fortuna.

4- San Jose-Alajuela- San Ramon- La Tigra-Chachagua-La Fortuna (Green Route)

Take the Panamerican Highway #1 out of San Jose to Alajuela and keep straight. You will pass the Airport and continue straight for some kilometers until you see the sign to San Ramon. Exit there and drive into the town of San Ramon where you will look for the sign to San Lorenzo and La Tigra. You might find also the sign of Hotel Villa Blanca and Valle Escondido, (these hotels are on the way from San Ramon to La Tigra) Follow the signs and continue the road from La Tigra to Chachagua and then into La Fortuna.

hotel linda vista


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From Liberia to La Fortuna Downtown (Directions & Map)
Direction from Liberia to La Fortuna:
From our rental car office, drive towards the “Interamerican Highway” (Route #1) and turn south direction Bagaces, pass the little town and keep on going towars Cañas. There, you will see on your left hand side an intersection with a BULL FIGHTING RING (Pictures below). That is your turn which will direct you to the city of Tilaran. At the intersection, where on the right hand side you will see a nice and new SHELL GAS STATION, turn left direction Lake Arenal, pass Nuevo Arenal town and keep driving around the lake until you reach the city of La Fortuna. Driving time: about 4 1/2 hours
BULLFLIGHT RING

Coming from Samara Beach (Turn right after)

BULLFLIGHT RING2

Coming from Liberia (turn left before)

Liberia to La Fortuna

From Liberia to Playa Samara (Directions & Map)
Direction from Liberia to Playa Samara:
From the rental car office direct yourself to the main road “Interamerican Highway” (Route #1) and turn south direction Cañas, pass the town and keep on fdriving until you see in the corner of a big intersection a HUGE SHELL STATION (Pictures below). At the intersection turn right towards Tempisque River bridge (Also called Puente La Amistad de Taiwan). Pass the new bridge and cross the town of Nicoya direction Playa Samara. Driving time: about 2 ½ hours max.
Liberia to Samara Beach
SHELL GAS STATION 
From Playa Samara to La Fortuna (Directions & Map)
Direction from Playa Samara to La Fortuna or back:
From Playa Samara, you will have to return to Nicoya, cross the town and follow the direction to Tempisque River bridge (Also called Puente La Amistad de Taiwan), pass tghe bride until you reach again the Interamerican Highway (Route #1), turn this time left (North) direction Cañas where at the BULLFIGHT RING (Picture above), you will turn right direction Tilaran and again at the NEW SHELL GAS STATION you will trun left direction Nuevo Arenal. Pass the town and drive around the lake until you reach the town of La Fortuna. Driving Time: about 4 ½ hours
Samara beach to La Fortuna
From San José to La Fortuna (Directions & Map)
Direction from San José to La Fortuna:
From the rental car office, drive direction San Ramon where you will see at a big intersection a New Mall in the corner (Steakhouse, etc.). Turn right and go straight through the town. At the end of the road, make a left turn & a quick right turn towards Arenal volcano / Tabacon resort sign. You will pass San Lorezo Cloud forest, La Tigra, Chachagua before reaching La Fortuna. Driving time: 2 hours max.
San Jose to La Fortuna
From San José to Playa Samara (Directions & Map)
Direction from San José to Playa Samara:
From the rental acr office, please drive towards Puntarenas and way before coming to town, turn North direction Liberia Interamerican Highway (Route #1). 47 kilometers after your turn, you will see a sign indicating Tempisque River bridge (Also called Puente La Amistad de Taiwan) and a HUGE SHELL GAS STATION (Pictures above). Left turn and 29 kilometers after, you will cross the bridge and direct yourself to Nicoya. Cross the town direction Playa Samara. Driving time: about 5 1/2 hours
San Jose airport to Samara beach
From San José to Manuel Antonio / Quepos (Directions & Map)
Direction San José to Manuel Antonio / Quepos:
From the rental car office, drive direction Atenas, pass the little town, keep on going torwards San Mateo, and after direction Orotina. Drive south until you reach Jaco beach, pass the town direction Parrita. You will cross numerous bridges which do not look good at all, but do not worry, 18 wheelers are crossing them every days for years, just go slow and you will be fine. Keep on driving until you cross the last bridge where the town of Quepos is located. Manuel Antonio is a cul de sac road after Quepos downtown, which dies to the National Park and the beautiful beach! Driving time: 4 hours
San Jose airport to Manuel Antonio Quepos

From La Fortuna (Arenal) to Monteverde (Directions & Map) From La Fortuna, direction the Lake, when you passed Tabacon and arrived at the Dam, just keep on going around the lake and follow the direction for Tilaran, and then follow the sign to Santa Elena (Monteverde) directions. The road from La Fortuna to Tilaran is very good but when you are starting to climb the dirt road to Monteverde, the road will be very bumpy, that is why we provide our clients with 4x4. Piece of cake. Driving time: 136 kilometers separate the two little towns and it will take you between 4 to 5 hours (based upon weather, stops and traffic).

monteverde map