Shaka is located in Playa Hermosa on the south western coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, about 15 minutes north of Santa Teresa (psst – don't mistake us with the Playa Hermosa further south near Jaco!).
Our location is relatively remote - it's what makes Playa Hermosa so stunning. From the uncrowded waves to the uncrowded beaches you'll find us situated on a peaceful part of coast. This also means it's worth considering your travel plans to reach us when you're planning your vacation.
There are a few options for getting to Shaka from San Jose, depending on your time and your budget. Flying from San Jose to Tambor and then taking a cab is significantly quicker but also more expensive. In the intermediate price range is to travel via private shuttle, which is usually a door-to-door service (from the airport or your hotel in San Jose direct to Shaka). If your budget is limited and you are not in a hurry, take the public bus. Each of these options is further detailed below.
There are two airlines that provide flights from San Jose to Tambor on the Nicoya Peninsula. The flight is approximately 40 minutes.
NatureAir operate out of the main terminal at the Juan Santamaria Airport, code SJO. (After exiting the Arrival Terminal return upstairs to the Departure Terminal).
Sansa operate out of its own small terminal, five minutes walk away. Upon leaving the Arrivals Terminal walk straight ahead to the main boulevard, turn left, then Sansa will be located 300 feet away on the lefthand side. Any airport official will be able to point you in the right direction.
On arrival into Tambor get a taxi to Playa Hermosa – approximately 40 minutes and US$60. We recommend the services of Richard Mora at Adventure Cab.
There are a number of companies that provide a private shuttle service to Shaka. We frequently use the services of Montezuma Expeditions. You'll be collected from your hotel in San Jose (or from the airport) and driven in a small air-conditioned van to Puntarenas (approximately 1.5-2 hours). At Puntarenas you'll leave the van and board the ferry, taking your bags with you. The ferry crossing is approximately 1.5 hours and on arrival at Paquera on the other side you'll be met by another van, which will drive you the rest of the way to Shaka in Playa Hermosa (approximately 1.5 hours).
Note, in the rainy season the unpaved roads between Playa Hermosa and Santa Teresa can become muddy and suitable only to 4-wheel drive vehicles. In these instances, the driver of the van may transfer you to a 4WD taxi in Santa Teresa. The quoted cost of the shuttle includes all legs of the journey (shuttle -> ferry -> shuttle -> taxi).
Departing from the bus terminal in San Jose, the direct bus makes the same journey as the private shuttle buses – that is, from San Jose to Puntarenas (1.5-2 hours), onto Paquera via the ferry (1.5 hours), and then onto Santa Teresa (1.5 hours) via the same bus. The bus leaves the station twice daily (6am and 2pm) in order to meet up with the ferry's twice daily crossing. You can see the bus schedule here. On arrival into Santa Teresa get off the bus and take a taxi to Shaka in Playa Hermosa – approximately 15 minutes and US$12-15. There are generally plenty of taxis in the town and near the bus station so you should have no problem waving one down. Alternatively, you can walk into any one of the restaurants or cafes in Santa Teresa and ask them to call a taxi for you.