La Fortuna to Santa Teresa Beach Trip Overview

Distance109 km (68.1 miles)
Price range$63-$813
Ride Duration Range5h-7h
Earliest Departure11:30
Latest Departure23:30

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Travel Schedule Options from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa Beach

Taking a minivan from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa Beach

Fastest minivan: 5h 30m

Cheapest minivan: $77

The fastest: 5h 30m

The cheapest: $77



English Speaking Staff

Reclining Seats

The fastest: 5h

The cheapest: $813




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The fastest: 7h

The cheapest: $63



Reclining Seats

A beautiful view from within central Santa Teresa Beach

About the ride from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa Beach 

Once you've ticked off one of Costa Rica's most popular destinations, La Fortuna, discover a gem that isn't quite hidden but remains undiscovered by many travelers to this region. 

Welcome to Santa Teresa Beach, a tranquil paradise just 213 kilometers (132 miles) from La Fortuna.

To reach this paradisiacal area of Puntarenas province, you can take a minivan, a car, or a van and ferry combination to cover the distance.

With a journey time between five and seven hours, the experience may feel like an unending odyssey. Still, it'll all be worth it after arriving on the serene beaches of Santa Teresa.


Is Santa Teresa Beach worth visiting?

Situated on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Teresa is far from city lights and airport noise that could pollute its tranquility.

Of course, Costa Rica isn't exactly a bustling country. Still, Santa Teresa Beach is one of its most peaceful areas, so it has attracted a thriving expat community that lives alongside the locals.

Despite its popularity among international visitors, the area has retained its raw, untouched feel.

Sunseekers, surfers, and watersports enthusiasts will all fall in love within moments of arriving. Be prepared to find yourself yearning to run away from the real world and set up a home in paradise.

Six very cool activities to do in Santa Teresa Beach

You'll find plenty of delights to explore within the boundaries of Santa Teresa's main town and around its coast. Keep these ideas in mind when planning your itinerary: 

  1. Visit Montezuma. This laid-back beach town is a short drive from Santa Teresa, and you'll fall in love with its natural beauty. Spend a day exploring the waterfall and zipping across the trees on their zipline course. 

  1. Go surfing. Santa Teresa is a popular destination for both expert and beginner surfers. Regardless of ability, there are plenty of beaches to choose from. If you're a newbie, book a few lessons to master the art before renting a board and setting off into the water to conquer the waves. 

  1. Sunbathe and relax in the shallows. Due to riptides and intense waves surrounding Santa Teresa, it's not the best place to swim in the ocean. However, the shallows are equally beautiful, so cool off close to the beach at Playa Carmen, Playa Santa Teresa, or Playa Hermosa.

  1. Explore the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve. This sprawling natural gem is one of Costa Rica's first conservation areas, protecting land and marine zones. Book a full-day trip here to experience the wildlife up close and take an unforgettable hike into the jungle.

  1. Book a day trip to Tortuga Island. Take a leaf from Captain Jack Sparrow's book and explore this spectacular island on a day trip. Home to a stunning white-sand beach and clear waters to swim in, you can go snorkeling and kayaking while marveling at the breathtaking views.

  1. Swim in the tide pools. Although the beaches aren't always suitable for swimming, Santa Teresa has lots of tide pools to swim in instead. These rocky spots get filled with water, allowing you to use them as naturally-made hot tubs. Santa Teresa Tide Pool is a popular spot where you can actually snorkel. Bring water shoes to protect your feet because many sharp rocks hide beneath the surface. Mal Pais Tide Pool is also a popular spot, but it's smaller, so get there early to snag a spot.

How do I get from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa Beach?

You have three options to get from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa Beach: a minivan, a car, and a van and ferry combo ticket.

By minivan

Thanks to its larger size, a minivan might be the more comfortable option for getting from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa.

You can opt for a private minivan transfer or book a single ticket in a shared minivan.

The transport will pick you up and drop you off at any hotel.

Amenities include: 

Air conditioning

English-speaking staff


Rest stops for food and toilet breaks 

A 20 kg luggage allowance plus a 7 kg piece of hand luggage

You can bring a surfboard for an extra charge, but the maximum length is six feet.

A child's car seat can be provided free of charge.

By car

Riding in a car from La Fortuna and Santa Teresa will take around five hours.

This option is ideal for people traveling in small groups who want to stick together.

Amenities include

Air conditioning

English-speaking staff

WiFi access

Rest stops for food and toilet breaks 

A 20 kg luggage allowance plus a 7 kg piece of hand luggage

A child car seat can be provided free of charge.

By van and ferry

For this option, travelers will get picked up from their hotel in La Fortuna and dropped off at their hotel in Santa Teresa Beach.


The van will drive to the port and then ride on the ferry, so you don't need to change vehicles during the journey. This option takes around seven hours and costs $65.


Possible van and ferry amenities include:

Air conditioning

Reclining seats

Toilet stops

A luggage allowance of 20 kg and one handbag per passenger.

Can take a surfboard for an extra fee.

Child car seat is available free of charge.

The best things about the journey between La Fortuna and Santa Teresa Beach

This trek isn't the most thrilling journey you'll take while exploring the wondrous country of Costa Rica. However, it'll still be memorable because there is plenty of lush, green scenery to enjoy.

Grab a window seat to watch the world go by as you navigate between main roads, small towns, and winding side roads to Santa Teresa.

You'll also skirt around Lake Arenal, so keep an eye out the window to catch a glimpse of its blue waters before skirting the coast overlooking the Colorado Gulf and then the Gulf of Nicoya for the rest of the drive to Santa Teresa Beach.

When is the best time to visit Santa Teresa Beach?

For the best weather, visit Santa Teresa in the dry season, from December to April. These months bring consistent warm and dry weather, perfect for surfing, swimming, hiking, and sunbathing.

If you can't handle rain, avoid coming to Santa Teresa in the rainy season from May to November. It's when tropical storms hit, especially in September, which has the highest rainfall.

How many days should I spend at Santa Teresa Beach?

Book at least three nights to soak up the welcoming atmosphere of Santa Teresa and its surrounding areas.

Use the small town as a jumping-off point to visit all the nearby beauty spots before heading up the coast to find your next adventure.

If you're looking for a longer-term stay for a vacation or as a digital nomad, book at least a few weeks here. You'll fall in love with the atmosphere.

Where should I go after Santa Teresa Beach?

When you can drag yourself away from the intoxicating serenity of Santa Teresa Beach, head across the Gulf of Nicoya to explore San Jose.

It's a vast atmosphere shift, but it's well worth the shock to experience the city's vibrant culture.

Alternatively, head north to Liberia. Although the destination isn't the most fascinating, it's the perfect launching pad to explore the magical parks next door: Santa Rosa National Park and Guanacaste National Park.

Companies Operating from La Fortuna to Santa Teresa Beach

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Popular stations and stops in La Fortuna and Santa Teresa Beach

Departure stations in La Fortuna

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Arrival stations in Santa Teresa Beach

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