Getting To The Central Pacific Coast

Air

Flying to Palmar Sur or Quepos and then picking up your rental car is the fastest, hassle free way to get to the coast. After your arrival, you can spend the night at several good hotels that are close to the airport. There are morning flights on the Regional Airlines, Sansa (flys from Juan Santamaria Airport) and Nature Air (flys from Pavas Airport). Paradise Air, www.flywithparadise.com, a premier air charter service, is another option. Paradise Air is run by an American who was a corporate pilot for Dreamworks and other Hollywood film industry leaders. His planes and facilities are first class and safe since everything, including the pilots, are FAA certified to US standards.  Paradise Air also offers Volcano and other air tours of the sights of Costa Rica.

 

Tour Bus

 If you have the time, a tour bus can be hired to drive you to the Villas. If you request an English speaking driver, you can learn much about this beautiful country. Stop and see the sites, do some shopping to stock up before you leave the city, or just sit back and enjoy the beautiful drive. There is also a shuttle service (www.easyridecr.com ) to Dominical or Uvita, where you can also pick  up a rental car.

 

Rental Car

Unless you are familiar with San Jose, we recommend picking up your rental car on the coast. Driving in San Jose can be daunting for the uninitiated. That being said, if you want to rent a car in San Jose and drive to the coast, it is a beautiful drive. Driving in Costa Rica requires four wheel drive. Once out of the City, many side roads are not paved.

 

Public Bus

If you really want to experience this beautiful country and her wonderful people, travel on the public bus system is the way to go. It is a very inexpensive yet provides a great cultural adventure . Some feel this is the best way to travel in Costa Rica because you get to see so much from the bus. Once you get to Quepos, Dominical or Uvita you can arrange to pick up a rental car.

 

Driving in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s roads are typically 2 lane narrow mountain roads. Small cars share the road with slower busses and large trucks. Often, you will see cars passing slow trucks on blind corners. Caution is always advised. Driving at night is not recommnded as some areas are remote and services can be few and far between after dark (about 6 PM). Some maps can be incomplete or a bit misleading. Directions are provided in combinations of reference points and distances in kilometers and navigation can be tricky. Portable GPS units help, but many maps on these units are very low detail. There are a few resources for GPS map software specific to Costa Rica and preloaded GPS units can be rented in San Jose.