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How to get to the Osa Peninsula

Puerto Jimenez

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From San José, take the Interamerican highway to Chacarita. At the Gas station crossing, turn to the right and go straight from there.
Approximate duration: 5-6 hours.
Note: You don't require a 4x4 car to reach Puerto Jimenez.

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From San José, take the direct bus with Transportes Blanco Lobo, via Interamerican highway to Puerto Jiménez. The station is located in Barrio México, Tomás Guardia road, avenue 9, right next to the San Carlos and Monteverde bus stop). Find here a link to the exact location.
Approximate duration: 7-8 hours
Departure times: 8.00 am / 12.00 pm (this might vary, make sure to contact them)

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Sansa Airlines fly on a daily basis to Puerto Jiménez. For private charters from anywhere in the country you can contact us directly.
Approximate duration: 45 minutes.

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Take a bus to Golfito at 6:30 am with TRACOPA. Once in Golfito, take a boat to Puerto Jiménez.
Approximate duration:
Bus SJO - Golfito: 6-7 hours
Boat Golfito - Puerto Jiménez: 30 minutes

Drake Bay

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From San José, take the Interamerican highway to Chacarita. At the Gas station crossing, turn to the right and go straight until Rincon de Osa, there take the right exit just before Rincon river. Then, drive for about 1 hour through gravel road until Drake Bay.
Approximate duration: 7-8 hours.
Notes:

  • You must have a 4x4 car to reach Drake Bay
  • Make sure to make a left at this crossing, otherwise you'll have to cross a very big river if you take the old road through El Progreso.
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Sansa Airlines fly on a daily basis to Drake Bay. For private charters from anywhere in the country you can contact us directly.
Approximate duration: 45 minutes.

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Take a bus to Palmar Norte at 06:00 am with TRACOPA. Once there, take a bus or taxi to Sierpe. Once in Sierpe, take the boat to Drake at 03:30 p.m.
Approximate duration:
Bus SJO - Palmar Norte: 6 hours
Bus or taxi Palmar Norte - Sierpe: 15 - 20 minutes
Boat Sierpe - Drake: 1 - 1.5 hours (depends on the ocean and weather conditions)

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