Where is the beach?

Those seeking relaxation on a sandy beach will not find it in Monteverde's 5,000 ft mountains.

However, if you would like to pair Monteverde with a beach destination during your trip, there are great options along the Pacific coast.


Below we have included 4 separate maps with driving directions to many of the beaches that can be easily reached on the way to or coming from Monteverde. At the bottom we have included some of the best beachfront and ocean view hotels that are accessible to or from Monteverde. Unfortunately, the Caribbean beaches are not readily accessible by ground transportation from the Monteverde area, but in Costa Rica nothing is impossible.

Samara Beach & Carrillo Beach

Samara Beach & Carillo Beach are some of the nicest beaches in all of Costa Rica and happen to be some of the closest beaches to Monteverde. Other beaches in the area: Nosara & Punta Islita.

 

To and From Monteverde:

Distance: 166 km. Estimated driving time: 3 1/2 hours

Driving Directions from Monteverde:

  1. 1. From Santa Elena head south for 33 km until get the panamerican highway. On the way you must pass through Guacimal and Sardinal towns. This route is a bit longer but the road is in better conditions than travel through Las Juntas.
  2. 2. Continue on the panamerican highway for 32 km until get Limonal Shell Gas Station. Then turn left in direction to Nicoya passing through la Amistad Bridge over the Tempisque river (64 km).
  3. 3. In Nicoya turn left, get into the city and follows the sign that says Samara Beach and continue for 37 km until you reach it.

Montezuma & Mal Pais-Santa Teresa

Both Montezuma and Mal Pais-Santa Teresa destinations are near the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula and are accessed from the car and passenger ferry that leaves from Puntarenas which is only 70km from Monteverde.

 

To and From Monteverde

Distance to Malpais: 126 km (Not counting the distance in the Ferry), Estimated driving time to Malpais: 3:30 hours (Ferry and waiting time not included).
Distance to Montezuma: 119 km (Not counting the distance in the Ferry), Estimated driving time to Montezuma 3 hours (Ferry and waiting time not included).
Ferry To Paquera: 19km , 2 hours.
Ferry to Playa Naranjo: 12km, 1:10 hours.

Driving directions from Monteverde:

Monteverde to Puntarenas (70 km)

  1. 1. Drive from Monteverde head south for 33 km until you get the panamerican hw. In the road you must pass through Guacimal and Sardinal towns.
  2. 2. Once you get the panamerican hw turn left and continue for 21.5 km until you get the intersection to Puntarenas and take the Costanera hw (road #34).
  3. 3. On the Costanera just drive for 4.32 Km and then turn right in the Puntarenas entry, then continue for 12 km until get Puntarenas downtown.
  4. 4. To find the ferry just stay on the same street and drive straight for several blocks until you get "La Punta" which is located when the road reach the beach. Once you are in front the beach just turn right and drive around the beach for 200 meters then you will see the line of cars and the dock at the left side.
  5. Crossing the Ferry

    Ferry to Paquera (2 hours, 19km):
    Ferry Peninsular ADIP: 8:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 8:30 PM
    Ferry Naviera Tambor: 5:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM 5:00 PM, 8:00 PM
    Ferry to Playa Naranjo(1:10 hours, 12 km):
    Ferry COONATRAMAR: 6:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 2:30 PM, 5:00 PM

    Paquera to Montezuma (48 km)

  6. - Once you get off the ferry take the main street and turn left in the next intersection and drive for 40.7 km until you get the entrance to Montezuma then continue ahead for 6.7 km more until you get the main town. If you coming from Playa Naranjo, is the same route just add 20 km to get Paquera.
  7. Paquera to Malpais (55 km)

  8. - Once you get off the ferry take the main street and turn left in the next intersection and drive for 52 km until you get the Playa del Carmen intersection then turn left and continue ahead for 3 km more until you get the main town. If you coming from Playa Naranjo, is the same route, just add 20 km to get Paquera.

Monteverde to Jaco & Manuel Antonio

Jaco & Manuel Antonio are both located along the Central Pacific Coast. Jaco is 116km from Monteverde and Manuel Antonio is an additional 73km south of Jaco.

To and From Jaco & Manuel Antonio

Distance to Jaco: 116 km. Estimated driving time: 3 hours.
Distance to Manuel Antonio: 190 km. Estimated driving time: 4 1/2 hours.

Driving Directions from Monteverde:

  1. 1. Drive from Monteverde head south for 33 km until you get the panamerican hw. In the road you must pass through Guacimal and Sardinal towns.
  2. 2. Once you get the panamerican hw turn left and continue for 21.5 km until you get the intersection to Puntarenas and take the Costanera hw (road #34).
  3. 3. Continue straight for 60 km and then you will reach the entrance to Jaco at the right side. Continue for about 1.5 km more and then you will be at Jaco town.
  4. Going To Manuel Antonio

  5. 4. Do not enter to Jaco, just keep on the same street and continue straight for 70 km more. You will pass through Parrita and then you will arrive to Quepos, the main town before Manuel Antonio.
  6. Once in Quepos, go around the town or following the Manuel Antonio sign and for the next 6 km you will see the main Manuel Antonio hotels at both sides of the street.

Monteverde to Guanacaste

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To and from Guanacaste Beaches

Distance to Tamarindo: 183 km. Estimated driving time: 4 hours.
Distance to Playa Hermosa: 165 km. Estimated driving time: 3 1/2 hours.
Distance to Ocotal: 173 km. Estimated driving time: 3 1/2 hours.
Distance to Flamingo: 200 km. Estimated driving time: 4 1/2 hours.

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