Osa Peninsula Costa Rica How To Get Here
Updated December 1st, 2022
GETTING TO THE OSA PENINSULA
DRIVING THE COAST – 7 HOURS
FLYING – 45 MINUTES
PUBLIC BUS – 9 HOURS
GOLFITO PASSENGER FERRY – 35 MINUTES
PRIVATE SHUTTLE – 7 HOURS
THE OSA PENINSULA
TURN AT CHACARITA
YOUR GATEWAY TO CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK
TRANSPORT ON THE OSA PENINSULA
Transportation on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica can be an exciting adventure for visitors, but it requires some planning and knowledge of available options. Located in the southwestern part of the country, the Osa Peninsula is less developed, making it crucial to understand the various transportation choices in the area.
Renting a car is one of the most popular and flexible ways to explore the Osa Peninsula. Alamo, located near the airport in Puerto Jiménez, offers car rental services for those who desire the freedom to stop and savor the breathtaking scenery at their own pace. However, travelers should be aware that many roads in the region are unpaved and challenging to navigate. To ensure a smooth and comfortable ride, it’s advisable to rent a 4×4 vehicle.
Another favored option is traveling by boat, allowing visitors to access isolated beaches and wildlife-rich areas on the Osa Peninsula. The boat tours not only provide opportunities to spot captivating wildlife like monkeys, birds, and dolphins but also offer a unique and picturesque perspective of the region. Numerous tour operators in the area offer boat tours and transportation services for convenience.
For those who prefer not to drive, shuttle services from major cities like San Jose and Manuel Antonio are available. These shuttles offer a convenient and affordable way to reach the Osa Peninsula, and they can often be booked online for added convenience.
In conclusion, while transportation on the Osa Peninsula may pose challenges, thorough preparation and planning can make the journey smooth and enjoyable. Whether you opt for renting a car, embarking on a boat tour, or choosing shuttle services, there are abundant options to explore and experience the beauty and wonders of the Osa Peninsula.
HOW TO GET TO THE OSA PENINSULA
Getting to the Osa Peninsula Costa Rica was once a challenge, with no roads leading to the region before the 1980s. However, improved roads now allow a 6 1/2-hour drive from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula. The coastal route from Jaco to Chacarita is the most common, offering stunning views of the ocean and mountains. While passing through several towns, a little patience is necessary.
Along the west coast of Costa Rica, you’ll find a good number of gas stations. However, once you turn at Chacarita (where there’s a gas station), there are only two gas stations – La Palma and Puerto Jimenez.
The road from Chacarita to La Palma features twists and turns, so it’s best to drive slowly and savor the journey. Don’t miss the beautiful lookouts over Golfo Dulce along the way, but also be vigilant for bumps and obstacles on the road.
San Jose to Puerto Jimenez
Puerto Jimenez to San Jose
$13 ONE WAY
Transportes Blanco-Lobo Express Buses
(tel. 2257-4121 in San José, or 2771-4744 in Puerto Jiménez).
GOLFITO PASSENGER FERRY
Golfito to Puerto Jimenez
Departs during the week – 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4:30pm
Departs Saturday – 8am, 11am, 3pm
Departs Sunday – 10am and 3pm
Puerto Jimenez to Golfito
Departs during the week – 6:15am, 7:45am, 11am, 3pm
Departs Saturday – 7am, 9:30am, 2pm
Departs Sunday – 7:30am and 2pm
$5 one way
To book ahead or inquire about availability…
WhatsApp +506 8326 0056
PRIVATE SHUTTLE BUSES
San Jose to Puerto Jimenez
How to get to the Osa Peninsula
There is a minimum required people for some services.
Some services are shared.
6 – 7 hours
COSTA RICA SHUTTLE
SUPER SHUTTLE CR
San Daily shuttle leaves at 4:15am and 2:00 pm
$89 ONE WAY
TRANSPORTATION IN COSTA RICA
EXPLORE THE OSA PENINSULA BY AIR
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Fly Adventure offers a unique transportation option for your convenience. We have the capability to land in multiple locations including Puerto Jimenez, Drake Bay, Golfito, Carate, and Palmar Sur.
Our captivating sightseeing tours over the Osa Peninsula span 30 minutes and provide breathtaking views of Corcovado National Park and the lush, pristine rainforests that envelop it.
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