Taxi fare to Puerto Caldera?

Oct 5th, 2002, 11:47 AM
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Taxi fare to Puerto Caldera?

Going on a Wind Star cruise in Costa rica in January, doing our own air. The cruise line is charging $80.00 per person each way from the San Jose airport to the port. Is this reasonable? How much would it cost to take a taxi?
Oct 5th, 2002, 02:06 PM
Don Khan
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I've found one outfit offering transportation by van for 1-4 people for $120 total from San Jose airport to Puerto Caldera. You can find them at

I haven't used this service, so can't vouch for their reliability. But I'm taking a Windstar cruise in February out of Caldera and I'm trying to solve the same problem.
Oct 5th, 2002, 09:12 PM
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Thanks, Don. Too bad we're not going at the same time -- we could share!
Oct 6th, 2002, 03:57 AM
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Personally I would go with the Windstar transfers. Puerto Caldera is a long ride and in the middle of nothing. The taxi, or whatever, would probably have to "dead-head" (empty) all the way back to San Jose.
Oct 6th, 2002, 05:38 AM
Don Khan
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I'm not sure I care whether the taxi has to return to San Jose empty, so long as it gets me to Caldera. I suspect the possiblity of an empty return is factored into the price. In any case, the particular service I mentioned operates on a reservation system, probably to limit this problem.

If you take the Windstar transfer they likely contract to one of the local transport services, possibly the very one I mentioned. Somehow I doubt Windstar has their own fleet of taxis in Costa Rica.
Oct 6th, 2002, 01:51 PM
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Of course you don't care if the taxi is empty on the return, but yes it will factor in on the cost. Point being you may not save that much in the end - much as I agree that $80 ea is a bit steep. Windstar will charter "buses". The trip is several hours and over very poor roads.
Oct 6th, 2002, 07:32 PM
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Thank you all for your input. I am inclined to agree with H, and go with Windstar's transfers. That way, I won't have to be worried all the time about breaking down an missing the ship. Besides, it's a good way to get a head start on meeting my fellow-passengers! Can't wait . . . .
Nov 1st, 2012, 08:08 AM
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I will be on a Windstar cruise out of Port Caldera on January 26. I have been looking at websites or different car services and it seems to range from $170 to $200 for one way from San Jose for two people. That makes the Winstar shuttle look reasonable in my estimation.
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Nov 1st, 2012, 09:40 AM
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I hope you realize it is a 3 hour ride over a narrow strip of undivided narrow highway, driving over mountainous terrain. I'll pick the cruise line shuttle bus over a car service for both safety, and comfort, plus price.
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