I barely got an hour of sleep before we had to wake up at 5:15am to catch taxis to the Bus Station for Manuel Antonio.
BEWARE: LONELY PLANET AND EVERYONE ELSE IS WRONG about where to catch the buses to Manuel Antonio and Quepos; right now common knowledge among guidebooks and even a guide staying at our hostel will say that these buses depart from the “Coca-Cola Station” on the west side of the city.
That actually just recently changed; buses for Quepos and Manuel Antonio now depart from the “Terminal Tracopa” Bus Station in the south side of the city. The departure time remains the same: a bus leaves every 90min beginning at 6am for around $9 USD per person.
This unexpected snafu led us to taking taxis to the wrong station with only 11 minutes left to go before the 6am bus would depart; we scrambled to Tracopa with only 3 minutes left to spare.
These new buses alternate every other 90min in deciding whether to take you all the way to Manuel Antonio Beach or end at Quepos 7km up from Manuel Antonio. The 6am bus took us direct to Manuel Antonio (with only a brief 1min stop in Quepos).
After about a 3 hour drive, we arrived at Manuel Antonio.
To get back up to Quepos (where most of all the cafes, hostels, restaurants, and ATMs are), you need to take a 380 colones (75 cents) per person bus up the 7km hill.
And from there we’re currently resting and enjoying the view from our hostel: Vista Serena.
More to come!
– At time of posting in Manuel Antonio Beach, it was 82.4 °F – Humidity: 51% | Wind Speed: 10km/hr | Cloud Cover: scattered clouds