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Jeep-Boat-Jeep between Arenal and Monteverde

Also known as:
Van-Boat-Van or,

This is a unique combination of ground and water transportation, used as a scenic shortcut between La Fortuna/Arenal Volcano and Monteverde, or vice versa.

Jeep-Boat-Jeep is a hotel-door-to-hotel-door service.   Your ticket includes three parts:

  • Ground transportation from your hotel to Arenal Lake
  • The boat ride across the lake
  • Ground transportation from Arena Lake to your destination hotel

Faster than driving all the way around the lake, the Jeep-Boat-Jeep takes you across the lake in comfortable, covered motor boats.

This allows you to enjoy the very scenic landscape at a relaxed pace.  Originally done with 4×4 vehicles, the “jeep” sections of the trip are done today with air-conditioned mini-buses.


Jeep-Boat-Jeep is not operated by Morpho Vans, but we make reservations for our clients who use it as part of their itineraries.   We monitor the Operator to make sure everything works smoothly for you.

Shared Jeep-Boat-Jeep goes twice a day.

Departure times:

La Fortuna:      8:30 am   or   2:30 pm every day

Monteverde:     8:00 am   or   2:00 pm every day

Contact us for exact pick-up times from your hotel

Price per person:  $37.50 US  (shared service)

Private Jeep-Boat-Jeep can start at any time you choose, between 6 am and 4 pm.  Please find the prices below.



1. Pick up in La Fortuna or your hotel in the Arenal Volcano area and drive 15 – 20 minutes on a paved road to Arenal Lake.

2. A 30 minute boat trip takes you across Lake Arenal, arriving at Rio Chiquito dock.  Water birds and iguanas are common on the lake and the boat will stop for pictures.

3.  The second drive takes 1.5 hour, on gravel roads, from Rio Chiquito to Santa Elena/Monteverde.  Drop off is directly at your hotel in this area

4. Departure from Monteverde works in the opposite direction, on the same route.

Please note this is not a one day tour and we do not recommend booking it as a round trip on the same day.  It takes around 3.5 hours to complete one-way transfer.

We suggest spending one or two nights at each destination and then continue on to your next destination without having to go back over the same ground.

This service is only for passengers+luggage.  This is not a car ferry.

Contact us if the transfer you are looking for is not listed here.

We can drive you anywhere in Costa Rica.

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I would recommend this company with the highest of praise and confidence!

Morpho Vans was a huge help to us. We needed a ride 6 hours away and they responded promptly and efficiently and provided us with an excellent car and an even better driver- Jimmy. We called them for every ride we needed in Costa Rica- I would recommend this company with the highest of praise and confidence!

Mary Ellen M.
Multiple Private Transfers
January 8, 2019

Company is fantastic as is the people you employ

Mario, your company is fantastic as is the people you employ. Jimmy was probably the best person to get us acquainted with Costa Rica. Bring my phone back to me, will never be forgotten and I will recommend you guys to all my friends and family traveling to Costa Rica. Pura Vida!

Michael T.
Multiple Private Transfers
May 12, 2019

Excellent service with Morpho Vans on our trip to Costa Rica!

Excellent service with Morpho Vans on our trip to Costa Rica! We had two families of 4 people and all trips were great. SJO to Jaco area in a van for 8 people (with free WIFI), then Jaco to Lost Igurano resort, which is a 5+ hour trip on winding roads, and finally a trip back to the airport at 4 am. Drivers always arrived early but were fine waiting for us. We stopped at local restaurants for great meals. All trips were safe and efficient. I highly recommend if you are looking for transportation in Costa Rica.

Joel S.
Multiple Private Transfers
January 8, 2019

Most Reliable Ride!

No better way to end a long day of travel than to see a friendly face holding a sign with my name. From being easy to identify to always arriving early for a pick up, Morpho drivers are the best!

Karen H.
Private Transfer San Jose Airport to Jaco
March 20, 2022

Reliable and comfortable

This was my first experience with Morphovans and it was so easy. I reserved the van online and Francisco, my driver, was waiting for me outside the airport with a sign to welcome me. He was very friendly and efficient. And the van was very clean and comfortable. I will definitely use this company again and will recommend it to anyone.

Elizabeth U.
Private Transfer San Jose Airport to Jaco
March 14, 2022

Very Friendly and Professional

Fabian and Jimmy were great! Both are very friendly and professional. Mario and his wife were excellent with communication and planning. Will recommend Morpho to all my friends and family. Gracias y pura vida! ✌️

Lee G.
Multiple Private Transfers
February 28, 2019

Highly recommend

Great communication before the trip and during, even when our plans kept changing they were really responsive and nothing was a problem.

Clean car, great driver, punctual.

Would use again without hesitation.

Rowan M.
Private Transportation Service
March 21, 2022

…started with the best

We were really tired from the flight so it was a relief to have someone waiting for us on time. The vehicle was very good. The driver was so nice and friendly. Our trip started with the best way because of Morpho vans. Thank you!

Zoi D.
Private Transfer San Jose Airport to Arenal
March 13, 2019

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