Getting to Hotel Bula Bula in Beautiful Playa Grande

Driving from Liberia to Hotel Bula Bula

  1. From the Adobe parking lot, make a left onto the highway (You’ll be driving away from the airport).
  2. Continue along this main highway for around 25 minutes until the town of Belen. There is a gas station on the far right diagonal corner in Belen.
  3. Turn right before the gas station, following the signs to Tamarindo/ Playa Grande (Parque Nacional Marino de las Baulas). These signs for the Parque Nacional Marino las Baulas have a drawing of a turtle, they are brown with white writing.
  4. Follow this road without turning off. After around 20 minutes, you will pass another gas station called “Oasis” on your left.
  5. Continue going straight along this road. You will go up over a mountain after the Oasis gas station, you will go down the other side of the mountain. Continue to stay straight.
  6. You will see Super Compro supermarket on your right around 200 meters past this intersection. This is the closest of the groceries stores. Don’t leave anything in the car unattended.
  7. Stay straight on this road, passing by the turn-off to the right for Flamingo, Conchal, Las Catalinas and Playa Danta.
  8. When you get to the next t-intersection, you are in Matapalo. On your right will be a soccer field.
  9. Turn left here, pass over the little bridge, continue on the paved road for another 8-10 minutes.
  10. You will go over and down another mountain, continue along until you come to a little more of a township.
  11. Pass by Kike¹s place (Kee-Kays) on your left (down their driveway, there is a big rancho style roof).
  12. Take the next left turn at the big sign and the little school of Playa Grande is on your left.
  13. Frijoles Locos Surf Shop in on the left just after the school.
  14. Continue past Frijoles Locos Surf Shop until you reach a road with a big billboard of signs on the corner (6 or so different signs on onebillboard). Turn left here.
  15. Continue straight on this road.
  16. It will turn to bumpy dirt road. You are on the right track— 2.5 km You will arrive at an entrance directly ahead after around a 4-5 minute drive. The entry says ³Palm Beach Estates² and there is a little guard shack on the right. If it is at night, the boom gate will be down and you will need to tell the guard that you are going to Casa Estrella del Mar.
  17. Continue straight past the entrance to Palm Beach, stay left where the road forks.
  18. You will pass over a couple of speed bumps, then a steep dip in the road.
  19. At the second Bula Bula sign- got left! You’ll see us shortly on the right.

Driving from San Jose to Hotel Bula Bula

  1. The first step to reach the North Pacific is to follow the “Autopista del Sol” up to Caldera and from there follow the signs to Liberia which will lead you on the road called “Interamericana Norte”. The AutoPista is easy enough, don’t get off any of the exits (even if you GPS tells you to). You’ll make it to Puntarenas and see a dirty ocean on your left for a stretch of a few kilometers. Follow the signs to Libera still. There will be one that tells you to San Jose–it confuses me every time. Still take it (the other option is Puntarenas- don’t do it!)
  2. Take the road until you come to T intersection. There’s a gas station and a restaurant called Tres Hermanas (you can’t miss the big bull) on the left, and a place called “Mi Finca” and on the right. You’ll see a Subway on the right, just before you get there”. It’s a good time for a potty break. At the Intersection, make a left right before the bull. Mi Finca is a good place to get out and stretch you legs or bathroom break . If you park on the side of it and look up in the trees, there are macaws galore. Remember to never leave your car unattended with valuables in it.
  3. This road takes you over a large bridge eventually. Keep following the pavement!
  4. After you cross over the Bridge (Puente de la Amistad or Friendship Bridge) follow the road until you pass the bridge and stay on the main road until you reach an intersection where you can only turn left or right, here you’ll see many signs to the most popular beaches in the North Pacific. Turn right and follow the road. You’ll drive through Nicoya, then Santa Cruz, then Belen. At the gas station on the left in Belen, you’ll hang a left right after. You should see signs for “Las Baulas Paque Nacional” Follow the road, and you’ll come to an intersection where you can go left or right (in Santa Ana). Take the pavement to the left.
  5. Follow the road for a ways, you’ll pass a gas station on your left–that’s El Llano, you’re almost there!
  6. Continue through the mountains and you’ll be in Huacas. Keep heading straight and you’ll make it to Mata Palo. After the soccer field, make a left and this road will take you to Grande.
  7. Drive into Grande, pass Frijoles Locos, and make a left where all the billboards are.
  8. It will turn to bumpy dirt road after about 500 meters . You are on the right track—2.5 km You will arrive at an entrance directly ahead after around a 4-5 minute drive. The entry says “Palm Beach Estates” and there is a little guard shack on the right. If it is at night, the boom gate will be down and you will need to tell the guard that you are going to Hotel Bula Bula.
  9. Continue straight past the entrance to Palm Beach, stay left where the road forks. You will pass over a couple of speed bumps, then a steep dip in the road. Immediately on your left after the steep dip in the road, turn left. Hotel Bula Bula will be on the right around 100 m down the road. Can’t miss us!

Getting to Hotel Bula Bula from the Tamarindo Airport

If you are traveling to Playa Grande by bus or domestic airline your destination will be Playa Tamarindo. In Tamarindo you can rent a car or take a taxi to Playa Grande. The drive will take you about 25 to 30 minutes and in a taxi should cost around $25.

***Surfer Advisory!*** (Bringing Surfboards to Costa Rica)
Please ensure that your domestic flight or bus choice can accommodate surfboards. All have limitations on size and quantity at certain times of the year. We’ve had a few surfers (during high season) rent a taxi since the domestic airline and buses could not guarantee that they could accommodate surfboards. A taxi from the San Jose airport is about $150 and about $100 from Liberia. Of course, if you rent your own vehicle, the point is moot.