Everyone entering Costa Rica requires a passport, with at least 6 months validity from date of entry. Citizens of Canada, the US and most European countries do not require visas. For a list of countries that require visa for entry, please contact the Costa Rican embassy in your country. Tourists are allowed either a 30 or 90 day stay in the country, depending on their country of origin. Canadian, American and most European citizens can stay for up to 90 days.
By boat you will arrive at the entrance channel of Marina Pez Vela via the following coordinates: 9°25’35”N, 84°10’22”W. Marina Pez Vela is designated as an official port of entry into Costa Rica however if you are cruising from the south you may clear into the country in the port of Golfito as well. Upon clearing you will be issued a 90 day Temporary Permit for your boat to navigate in Costa Rican waters. Our administrative team here at Marina Pez Vela will assist you in the clearing process into Costa Rica and help you to make your transition as convenient as possible. Click here to see a complete list of required information and documentation.
Many airlines from all over the world fly into Costa Rica’s main International airport, Juan Santamaria (SJO) located near the capital city of San Jose. Another international airport located in Liberia, in the north of the country, is becoming increasingly popular with international charter flights.
Two domestic airlines offer daily flights to Quepos. Both provide, for a small fee, an airport-transfer service to area hotels coordinated with their arrivals and departures.
- Nature Air (www.natureair.com) Nature Air is located at the small Tobías Bolaños Airport, just 15 minutes from downtown San Jose, and approximately 20 minutes from the Juan Santamaria airport. The flight duration is under 30 minutes.
- Sansa (www.flysansa.com) The Sansa terminal is conveniently located next to San José’s Juan Santamaría International Airport. The flight duration is under 30 minutes. If you have a short connection time, Sansa may be your best option as it arrives and departs very close to the International airport.
From San José, the easiest and most popular route to Quepos is highway 27. This is a toll road and will cost you less than $4 overall. After the toll booth, or “peaje”, at Orotina, take the next exit, towards Jaco and Quepos. Follow the Costanera Sur highway another 1.5 hours to get to Quepos.
If you’re coming from Guanacaste or any point north, take the Panamerican Highway to the Puntarenas turnoff and follow highway 27 east. You will take the exit to Jaco and Quepos and follow the Costanera Highway for another 1.5 hours to Quepos. It’s about a 4 1/2-hour drive to Marina Pez Vela from Liberia.
GPS units are available if renting a vehicle.
Buses leave the Plaza Viquez bus station in San Jose every couple of hours starting at 7:00 in the morning until 5:00 in the evening. Bus trips take between 3 ½ hours to 5½ hours depending if you take a direct bus or a “collective” bus which stops in at all the small coastal towns along the way.