Hotel La Mariposa is located in the beautiful small town of Manuel Antonio in the Costa Rica's Central Pacific Coast, this area is one of the country top destinations, recently named by the Forbes Magazine as one of the most beautiful National Park in the world.
Known for its long stretches of white sand, dense tropical rainforest and abundant wildlife, this region is popular with sun lovers, nature lovers, adrenaline seekers and deep sea fishing anglers. While Manuel Antonio remains an eco-friendly area, the roads, dining and nightlife is among the best of any beach destination in Costa Rica. An abundance of nearby tours and activities can keep you busy every day of your stay if you so desire.
The Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the Manuel Antonio city, approximately 156 Kms (96 miles) SW of the San José Intl airport (approx 2 hrs 20 mins) Close by walking distance from restaurants, grocery stores, banks and more. The most important fact is that we are located just 1.5 miles away from the Manuel Antonio National Park and the Hotel provides a shuttle service to/from the beach 4 times per day, free of charge.
The closest town is the world famous Sportfishing port town of Quepos , which is approximately 150 Kms (93 miles ) SW of San José. We are talking about 2 ½ hours by car or 3 hours by direct bus. Manuel Antonio is the name of the tiny beach village that has sprouted up around the National Park and is 5km (3 miles) further south of Quepos . Only one main road leads from the town of Quepos up and over the hill and down to the beaches of Manuel Antonio. Buses and taxis depart regularly back and forth between the two destinations.
How to Get Here with Driving Directions
From San José International Airport
The drive from the San José airport (Juan Santamaria International Airport) to Manuel Antonio will take about 2 hours and 30 minutes and is fully paved with the new highway in place. Drive defensively and be aware when two lanes become one, "CEDA" means "Yield".
Once on Route 1 (Inter American Highway) - follow signs to San Ramon, and continue straight ahead for about 10 km. After the second bridge crossing, get in the right lane and take the next exit (Route 3) for Jaco / Quepos / Manuel Antonio. There is also a sign here for Punta Leona and Atenas. Turn left at the stop sign, crossing back over Route 1.
Follow Route 3 for about 3 km. Look for a large Christian church on the left and then a soccer field and make a left on the road immediately after it. There are no signs and it's a secondary road, so don't think you've made a mistake. It's currently the best connection to the toll highway from the airport.
Drive for another 3 km through this somewhat winding road. Once you arrive at the highway intersection turn left BEFORE the highway. Again, there are no signs here yet. Be careful as it's a narrow two-way gravel access road. After some 300 meters you will arrive at a roundabout. Make a right following the highway signs to Orotina / Atenas.
Drive on the highway through 2 toll booths. Then, take the next right exit to Route 34; follow signs for Jaco /Quepos. This exit forms a loop and then you bypass a roundabout to continue straight to Jaco (another 36 km).
Follow Route 34 (also called Costanera) for a while and you will cross over the Tárcoles River Bridge - there are usually a few cars parked before/after the bridge since it is a popular viewing point for the crocodiles in and around the river.
Follow the signs to Jaco and Manuel Antonio. At 157.6 km, you will come to a “Y” in the road. You will see a sign with Quepos, Manuel Antonio bearing off to the right.
Once in Quepos, you will drive past many small shops. The road becomes one lane and you need to turn left just after passing a small park. You will see signs pointing to Manuel Antonio. You are now leaving Quepos and are on the road to Manuel Antonio.
This is the beginning of a curvy mountain road (very steep at times). Follow this road for about 10 minutes, until you arrive to a flat area. You will see another football field on your left and about 100 meters after that, a supermarket called SUPER JOSETH. Continue the main road. The road will go down gently until you arrive to a restaurant called BARBA ROJA (on the right hand side of the road). 50 meters up after this restaurant, you will see a coffee shop on your left called CAFÉ MILAGRO. IMMEDIATELY on your right hand side is the dirt road that leads to Hotel La Mariposa.
After 50 meters on this road, you will see the hotel’s gate on your left!
You made it. Welcome to La Mariposa!!!
Transportation Choices Available
From San José Intl Airport with Hotel Private Transportation
We will be glad to assist you to make arrangements to pick you up at the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and bring you directly to La Mariposa. The transportation is always provided by a modern minivan, air conditioned and you can arrange for stops along the way, per example to see the largest crocodile population in Costa Rica under the Tárcoles river bridge or just to enjoy a delicious fresh seafood meal.
After making your hotel reservations, provide us your flight arrival information and we will arrange your car arrival pick-up. The current fare is $190 USD, each way, for up to 4 people. Extra person fee is $10
Private Transfer Information You Need to Know
Please read the following instructions:
If you pick-up is from the Juan Santamaría International airport, please be sure to take the hallway which is located to the right, just before you exit the airport after you collect your bags. Our van driver will meet you with a sign with —YOUR NAME” followed by Hotel La Mariposa just outside the airport, assist you with luggage, and bring you directly to LA MARIPOSA. Please remember that the name on the sign will be the same name that was used for the hotel reservation. In the event you miss finding the driver wait right there, the driver will look for you there. Occasionally the driver has to make a loop around the airport, which may cause a 20-30 minute maximum wait. Please be patient, sometimes due to customs/immigration delays or the airport being particularly busy it is easy to miss the driver
Again, If you are not able to locate the driver, or if there has been a change to your arrival time, please do not worry and do not board another taxi. Simply call us immediately so that we can contact the driver and inform him of your situation. We are able to solve any problem directly over the telephone.
In necessary case, please don’t hesitate to contact us at: (506) 8703-9645 (mobile) or (506) 2777-5192 Office
From San José city with Air transportation
From San José city with Public Bus
Direct buses depart daily from the Tracopa Terminal, located between Calle 5, Avenida 20 in Plaza Víquez, San José metropolitan area. Approximately 8 times daily. See the schedule for direct buses at the following link: www.tracopacr.com
The Indirect buses make many local stops and the riding time is at least one hour longer. Tickets for the direct bus usually need to be purchased at least a day in advance. The fare is aproximately $10 per person.
From Quepos City by Taxi
Once you are in Quepos city, there are a lot of taxis available, we'd recommend to take the public units (red ones). The fare is approx. $7 each way for up to 2 people.
And, please be careful and do not board any of the illegal cars (piratas) that also offers this service for a lower price. Make sure to take only the red color units.
From Quepos local Airport to the Hotel
By Public Taxi
There is an information desk at the airport where you can request a taxi. A Taxi from the airport to the hotel will cost around $20 usd
By Domestic Airline shuttle
Both domestic Arlines provide transportation from the Quepos airport to the Manuel Antonio area. They normally have a van waiting at the airstrip, but it is best to let them know in advance if you want to use their service and guarantee that they will be there. The cost is around $8 per person.
In case you require additional information, please don't hesitate to contact them directly at: Sansa Airline (506) 2777-0676 or Nature Air (506) 2777-2548 to let them know that you are going to need the transportation service to the Hotel.