Rental Car – Driving directions are below. It is best to rent a 4×4. You can rent a GPS from the rental car agency. Our guest feedback indicates they work pretty well, especially when used with a map. To find our town, Monterrey also known as Santa Domingo, TRY: Santa Domingo. San Carlos or try Banco de Costa Rica, Monterrey.
Our GPS coordinates are:N 10.5319 W 84.6615 (N 10° 31’55” W 84°39’42”). Elevation is: 419 meters. We are in the San Carlos region. If you are a Geocacher, there are at least two caches in the Arenal area.
If you rent from Vamos, mention Leaves and Lizards when you make your reservation and get a free GPS!
HINT: Many guests opt for a private pickup from the airport and rent a car on their second day from Alamo in Fortuna and then drop it back at the airport when they go home. That makes it easy to get here and a smooth transition on the long first travel day.
Public Bus – Buses leave from Downtown San Jose to Cuidad Quasada to Monterrey (Least expensive takes 5 hours). This method is not recommended.
Tourist Buses – GrayLine or Interbus. They do not drop off at our place, you will need to pay around $25 for a taxi fare from up from La Fortuna.
Private Transportation Service – We offer Private Transport Services. Transfers rate Sheet 2018. It is $175 -$200 for a group of 6 or less (see rate sheet for complete prices) – one way from the airports (SJO or LIR). Many of our guests will opt for a private airport pick up, then rent a car after they get here. Alamo in Fortuna will deliver the car here when you are ready for it. However, if you decide not to rent a car, we can provide any transportation services you may require.
Private Flight Fixed Wing or Helicopter – Heli Jet Aviation provides groups, individuals or families with private flight services. They also provide medical transport services for emergencies. Helicopter lands on our soccer field (5 minutes away) and fixed wing lands at El Tanque (30 minutes away). Private Flight Services to Leaves and Lizards Retreat
SCENIC, FASTEST and MOST DIRECT -The Red Route on the map through San Ramon-Tigra-Chacagua-Fortuna-El Tanque-Monterrey. This route has less truck traffic and is faster. Head towards San Ramon on Hwy 1. Travel through San Ramon city following the volcano signs. Stop along the way and try some of the freshly made cheese made in the surrounding villages. Allow 3 hours-with no stops on a perfect driving day.
Grecia: This community was founded in 1838 its most interesting structure is the church. The church is made of iron, and was prefabricated in Belgium in the 1890’s, shipped to Costa Rica and then transported to Grecia from Alajuela by oxcart. Sarchi: This town spreads though the rolling hills, notice coffee growing as you drive through the area. Sarchi is known for furniture craftsmanship, but it is most famous for its fancy brightly painted oxcarts.Zarcero: The central park in this town looks like it was designed by Dr. Seuss. Evangelisto Blanco, a local landscape artist carefully shaped cypress topiaries in fanciful shapes. The artwork in the church was done by late local artist Misael Solis. Ciudad Quesada/San Carlos: This large city is the center of activity for the Zona Norte (Northern Zone). It is the only town, that we know of, in the Zona Norte with any US type fast food chains. A Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken can be found in this busy area.