We are located in a little bay called Bahia Salinas on the Pacific Ocean in the northern point of Costa Rica. Part of the bay belongs to Nicaragua.
From S.Jose airport you have to take the Panamerican Highway (#1) and drive north towards Peñas Blancas (the name of the Costa Rica/Nicaragua border), you’ll pass Liberia (3 hour driving) and then you’ll get to La Cruz (40 minutes driving), the last town before the border. Take a left to Bahia Salinas (the only road the goes to the beaches): you’ll drive a couple of kms on a paved road and the last 9 on a unpaved road until the Blue Dream Hotel located on the left of the road (there are several signs on the way). We are 50 mts. before the entrance of playa Papaturro.
If you arrive from the Guanacaste beaches, you have to get to Liberia anyway and then north following the instructions written above. From playa del Coco is 1.5 hours driving and from Tamarindo area is 2 hours driving.
From Nicaragua: Once you cross Peñas Blancas border, you need to get to La Cruz (25 minutes by bus or car) and then follow the instructions written above
The main airport is located in S. Jose’ (actually located in Alajuela, 30 minutes driving away): from there you are 4.5 hours away by bus or 3.5 hours by car from Bahia Salinas. We highly recommend to land in Liberia (LIR), the closest and other international airport of Costa Rica: this is only 1 hour and 15 minutes driving away and we can easily pick up and drop off you with a private transportation for $80 each way. From Liberia airport you can also take a local bus but it takes time cause you need to change it in Liberia and then in La Cruz, so it’s cheap but you can waste 3-4 hours total.
Delta Airlines, Continental Airlines, American airlines, Air Canada, United Air, North West, US Air, Grupo Taca and other companies fly to Daniel Oduber airport, located in Liberia (just one hour driving from Bahia Salinas and the Blue Dream Hotel) from Atlanta, New York Toronto, Miami, Huston, Montreal, Minneapolis and other US cities.
Location Info – How to get to Playa Papaturro from S.Jose’: By Bus:
Take the bus to Penas Blanca, the Costarican/Nicaraguan border (aprox. price $5) with the bus company Del Du (tel: 2256-9072 or 2677-0091) and drop off in La Cruz. 150 meters east, there is a park with the taxies. Bus schedule from S.José (100 mts. north from Coca Cola bus terminal). DEP: 5:00, 7:00*, 7:45, 10:45, 13:20, 16:10 Bus schedule from Peñas Blanca (add about 20 minutes to know when the bus arrive to La Cruz). DEP: 5:15, 7:30, 9:30*, 10:45, 12:00, 14:00*, 15:30. Direct buses: * Or Take the bus to Liberia and then to La Cruz. Bus schedule S.José – Liberia (express bus from San José) – DEP. ev. day from A.1/3,C.14 at 6:00, 7:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:30, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 20:00; RET. 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, 20:00; 217 km; 4:00 hrs. The 15:00 and 17:00 departing buses are direct; the 4:00 and 5:00 return buses are also direct. Pulmitan-Liberia company. Tel. 2222-1650Bus schedule Liberia – La Cruz: DEP. ev. day 5:30, 8:30, 11:00, 14:00, 16:30. RET: 6:50, 10:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00. Arrieta Company. Tel. 2666-8930 / 2666-0135 From La Cruz take a taxi to playa Papaturro (10 Kms) that costs aprox.$12
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