Arenal Volcano/Monteverde Transportation

Arenal Volcano/Monteverde Transportation



The Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose is approximately a 2 ½ hour drive from the Arenal and Monteverde areas. SJO was once the busiest airport in Central America. It’s still pretty busy and is the major hub for Costa Rica, serving 4 million passengers a year.


Immigration and Customs


The flight attendant on your flight will likely hand you a customs form that asks you declare what you’re bringing into the country. When you first get off the plane, you’ll go to immigration first and an officer will check your passport. You can then go to baggage claim, and after, the customs section.


Getting to Your Hotel has partnered with Vacaciones Barcelo as our premier transportation company in Arenal and Monteverde. They’ll provide you with safe, comfortable and professional transportation, from the airport to your hotel and back. They’ll also provide transportation to any excursions booked through our site that you’d like to take while you’re in your destination. 



It’s easy to find your Vacaciones Barcelo team when you arrive at the airport. They’ll be standing in the ground transportation waiting area, holding a CheapCaribbean welcome sign. They wear white shirts and black or blue pants. All drivers are fluent in English, friendly and knowledgeable about the culture, history and things to do while you’re there. By the end of your ride, you’ll have made a new friend. Vehicles are all clean, modern and reliable. 



Vacaciones Barcelo is also the official transportation rep for excursions when you book vacations to Arenal and Monteverde on our site. The majority of our partner hotels have a Vacaciones Barcelo desk in or near the lobby so they’re easy to find, should you need them. For this reason, we suggest that our guests do not rent cars while in the Arenal/Monteverde areas as traffic laws and road quality and street signs are not the same as they are in the US.


Getting Around in Arenal and Monteverde

The terrain outside of many of the resort areas is hilly and hard to drive on if you’re not used to it. Off-site excursions like hiking, horseback riding and ATV tours are available through Vacaciones Barcelo. The company even provides transportation to and from the resort so you've got a dependable ride to get you where you need to be. 

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