The bus from San José to Liberia, Guanacaste
From San José to Liberia, Guanacaste, there’s a bus company called Pulmitan de Liberia. It’s at around 10 minute walk from the Mercado Central at Calle 24, Ave. 5-7 (ask for it in San José).
There are buses almost every hour and it costs around 8$.
Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica – Lodging:
Liberia is not very touristy, but it’s close to the beaches and everything is more expensive than in San José : hotels, food, etc.
The best hotel we found at the best rate is Hospedaje Condega, here on Google Map.
The rooms are excellent, you have private rooms with private bathrooms, and other private rooms with shared bathroom. Very good WiFi, excellent owner. Prices around 10 000 colones (20 $ per night). All the other hotels I saw in Liberia are much more expensive!
Crossing the borders to Nicaragua
I met two excellent Spanish guys from the wonderful island of Mallorca, and we’re planning to cross the borders together tomorrow to Nicaragua. We know that the bus from Liberia (Costa Rica) costs 4$ and will leave us at the borders. But crossing the borders seems to be an unknown adventure as there are many unclear information. We’re supposed to pay something to exit Costa Rica, but it seems that since December 2013 we have to pay a tax of 7$ before getting into the bus, otherwise they wouldn’t let us leave the country. It also seems that to enter Nicaragua, we have to pay another fee, that we will discover then.
Once we have crossed the borders to Nicaragua, we will have to take another bus to either the beach of San Juan del Sur on the Pacific ocean or toward Granada.