Where to Stay
If you are arriving late or leaving the next morning I would suggest you stay near the airport (approx. 10 miles north of San Jose). There is only on main 2 lane highway and often comes to a stand still during different times of the day.
Hotels in San Jose: – no particular order. I like www.hotels.com to make reservations.
San Jose Palacio (Enjoyed December 2010)
Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose
Doubletree Cariari by Hilton San Jose (Enjoyed December 2010)
Barcelo San Jose Palacio
Where to get Transportation
All major car rental companies have locations at either the airport or in San Jose. We like the ones that have offices in Nosara. You need a 4×4. I would wait and get the car the next morning after arriving in SJ rather than the night you arrive especially if it’s after dark (about 6pm in this part of the world).
Toyota Rental Car
NatureAir and Sansa have daily flights throughout Costa Rica. Sansa also offers a 1 and 2 week air pass for $199/$299 that allows you to fly all over the country as often as you want. Schedules change based on season. You can reservations online or call their San Jose offices (no office in Nosara). Sansa (506) 221-9414 and NatureAir (506) 220-3054.
Bus: The Alfaro Bus Company departs from San José to Nosara daily at 6:00 a.m., leaving from the Coca-Cola bus terminal, 14th street, 5th avenue. Fare is about $8.00 and it takes between 6 and 7 hours, depending on traffic and road conditions. The telephone number is: 222-2750 or 223-8229. Buy your ticket in advance.
Nosara Costa Rica