|Jeep Boat Jeep Service between Monteverde and Arenal |
The Jeep-Boat-Jeep Service between Monteverde and Arenal/La Fortuna, also known as Taxi-Boat-Taxi is the most fun and the quickest way to travel between Arenal/La Fortuna and Monteverde. Leaving at 8:00AM from Monteverde and 8:30AM from Arenal you enjoy a half hour boat ride across Lake Arenal with the volcano looming in front or behind you. Starting in Arenal your mini-van will stop at your hotel and have a quick ride to the shore of the lake. On the other side another mini-van awaits for a climb up to Monteverde through nice countryside much of it planted in coffee or with pasture for Milk Cows. From Monteverde to Arenal it is the same service only in reverse. The trip takes 2.5 hours versus 8 by public bus or 4 in a vehicle. (There are also scheduled afternoon trips at 2:00PM or 2:30PM) Pictures of trip Monteverde side
Pictures of trip on the lake
What you need to keep in mind is that although this trip is very safe, there are two major tour operators offering this service. One company has Insurance, a nice large, covered 50 passenger boat that you can actually walk around on, physical offices in both Monteverde and Arenal, a boat which is maintained on a regular basis, and has been inspected and approved by the Costa Rican Tourism Board with a matriculation number on the side of the boat. This operator also offers many other tours in Arenal and Monteverde and has been in business for 11 years. View boat and insurance specifications here
The other operator has no known physical offices, maybe has insurance now but you should confirm that before ordering, and has no matriculation number, nor operates other tours. Many web sites or hotels will reserve you with this operator. Again, while the trip is very safe, with which operator and boat would you rather be on?
These are two boats you can see on other websites. You can spend up to $39.00 per person on one of these. But be sure to ask about their insurance and the address of their offices, or...
You can go with an Insured operator with offices in both Arenal and Monteverde with maintained equipment and ride on this boat. Not only is it safer but you also pay less. Only $22.00 per person. Much of the time what is cheaper is not always the best. In this case we can assure you that it is.
Request transport using reservation request form here
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Just list the date, the number of people, one persons name for reservation purposes, the hotel you are leaving from, and the hotel that you are going to. If you have no hotel selected for the final destination of Monteverde or Arenal just let us know and the van can drop you off in downtown Monteverde or La Fortuna or let the driver know where you would like to be dropped off. (and if you don't have a room the company has rooms for rent in both Arenal and Monteverde where their offices are located) We will send you a confirmed voucher by email that you simply print and bring with you for reference which will include the pick-up time based on the hotel that you are being picked up at and the phone numbers for the offices in Monteverde and Arenal. You pay nothing in advance. You do not need to confirm with a credit card. You simply pay the driver cash when they pick you up. What could be easier? You will love this trip and enjoy it even more on a nice large boat that is insured.
Please note: Most all hotels in Arenal/La Fortuna and Monteverde are on the main Route for pickup and drop off. There are a few out of the way hotels in Arenal such as Arenal Lodge, Lost Iguana, Arenal Observatory Lodge, Linda Vista Del Norte and a couple of others and In Monteverde Mirador Lodge and Vista Verde that require an additional transport charge.
Offices Located in La Fortuna Arenal: at LA CHOZA INN hotel 200 meters west of the post office.
In Monteverde: In Hotel Pension Sinai 150 meters north of Banco Nacional.