Santa Teresa, which lies at the southernmost tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, is about 83 miles (134 km) from Nosara. The drive can take anywhere from three to five hours, depending on the time of year. Though it appears out of the way, taking Route 150 to Route 21 will be an easier, smoother drive. Route 160, while scenic, is mostly unpaved and quite a winding drive down the Pacific Coast.
Flying to Santa Teresa is not practical due to limited routes with domestic carriers. Likewise, taking a local bus will be a very long journey as you'll have to head towards San Jose in order to catch a line going to Santa Teresa. Your best option after hiring a private car is either taxi or tourist shuttle. Both offer the convenience of a direct journey without any stops.
There is much to see and do on the Peninsula and as you travel from one town to another, it's worth trying to include other attractions and sights into your road trip. These travel insights and sample itineraries will offer guidance as you plan your visit to the area.
By Private Transfer
Duration: 3-5 hours
Regardless of which route you take, having the ease of your own car and driver will make the trip stress-free and enjoyable. Taking Route 150 to Route 21 puts you on a more modern, well-maintained road where travel will be faster. If you want to take your time, stopping at various restaurants or shops as you go, you'll want to take Route 160. It'll be bumpy and dusty but you'll get an up-close and personal look at daily Costa Rican life.
Duration: 3-5 hours
Most taxis in Nosara will be found near the airport or close by the bus stops. Book ahead through your accommodations to avoid a wait if time is of the essence. It's best to use a reputable company with licensed drivers and meters and your hotel may have one they recommend. The drive could take three to five hours. A local driver will know best which route to take, depending on weather conditions, road closures, and so on. They may also have suggestions as to places to stretch your legs or grab a nice lunch.
Duration: 4-5 hours
There are a lot of companies offering shuttle services in this part of Costa Rica. Many of them will pick you up directly from your hotel. These run frequently between the beach towns, especially during peak season, so they won't be hard to track down. The ride will be long but you'll have comfort, convenience, and spacious seating.