Puerto Jimenez Getting There
Due to its remote location, most visitors opt to fly to Puerto Jimenez on one of Costa Rica’s local carriers. Depending on weather and road conditions, the journey by bus or car can take up to eight hours from San Jose. Both Sansa and Nature Air fly into Puerto Jimenez.
Boat to/from Golfito:
The collective boat, or "slow boat,’ departs from Golfito for Puerto Jimenez at 8:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., and costs $4. Times of departure change frequently and it is best to verify the night before. Also, the boat does not always leave promptly, so it is advisable to arrive early – and have patience if it is running behind schedule. The boat departs the Puerto Jimenez dock for Golfito at 6:00 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. and also costs $4. Private speedboats can be chartered for about $50.
From San Jose: $13.00; 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.; 8 hours. Bus departs from the intersection of Calle 14 and Avenidas 9/11 Blanco Lobo Station. 2257-4121.
Buses depart Puerto Jimenez for San Jose daily at 5 a.m. and 9 a.m.
There are two ways to get to Puerto Jimenez by car from San Jose. One option is to drive toward Cartago, and take the Interamerican Highway for the four hour drive to San Isidro del General. Then follow the signs to Dominical, continuing south to Cortez and then Palmar Norte. Drive 20 miles south, past Palmar Norte, and take a right at the service station in the town of Chacarita. Continue on this road for 30 miles to Rincon, where the pavement ends. Follow the dirt road for 20 miles more to La Palma, and then on to Puerto Jimenez.
Another option is to drive toward Cartago and get on the Interamerican Highway for the four hour drive to San Isidro de General. From here, follow the signs to Buenos Aires and Palmar Norte. Drive 20 miles past Palmar Norte and take a right at the service station in the town of Chacarita. Continue on this road for 30 miles to Rincon, where the pavement ends. Follow the dirt road for 20 miles more to La Palma, and then on to Puerto Jimenez.