Getting Here

Getting to Rancho Pacifico is part of the adventure!  If you are coming by car, take your time and make some stops along the way to taste some tropical fruit, view the crocodiles under the Rio Tarcoles bridge, or get a snack at one of our many roadside “sodas”.  If you are flying into Quepos or Palmar Sur via plane or into Uvita via helicopter, an amazingly scenic short flight is in store for you.

Most guests let us reserve a rental car or send a private driver for them.  These are the easiest and most reliable options.

Several options are available to get to Rancho Pacifico. Please contact us for additional information.

Option 1: Rental Car

The drive from SJO International Airport to Rancho Pacifico is 3 to 3.5 hours on a scenic paved coastal road in good condition. We can reserve your vehicle for you or you can reserve it yourself. A mid-size or full-size 4×4 is a must because the last 1.5 miles consist of a steep gravel road. Without four-wheel drive, you will not be able to drive up the road. There are 3 tolls along the way from San José totaling about 2,000 colones (equivalent to about $4, but the toll collectors only accept colones). You can exchange money in the SJO airport or withdraw colones from the ATM in the baggage claim area.

We strongly suggest renting a GPS with your vehicle. You can simply type in Rancho Pacifico under “Points of Interest” and it will take you right to our door.  Costa Rica does not use a formal address system, so don’t try to enter our street address into your GPS – use “Points of Interest” instead. You may also click here for printed directions.

  1. From the San Jose Airport, take Carretera 1 towards San Ramón.
  2. After about 7.5 km, take the Radial El Coyol exit on your right.
  3. After exiting, pass over Carretera 1 and continue straight through the roundabout.
  4. Continue on Radial El Coyol approximately 5 km until you come to another roundabout.
  5. Take the 2nd exit out of the roundabout and enter Carretera 27.
  6. Stay on Carretera 27 approximately 37 km to the exit for Costanera Highway 34 (Pacífica Fernandez) towards Jaco.
  7. After exiting Carretera 27 continue straight through the roundabout.
  8. Continue on Costanera 34 through Jaco, Quepos, and Dominical.
  9. After you cross the Río Baru bridge at Dominical, continue 18 km to Uvita and turn left at the BCR Bank.
  10. Follow the road as it turns from paved to gravel. Shortly after passing a cemetery on the right, you will bear left at a fork in the road.
  11. Follow the road past the Uvita waterfall on your right and over the first concrete bridge. Shortly after crossing the bridge, you will bear right at a fork in the road.
  12. When you reach the second concrete bridge, stop your vehicle, put it in neutral, and engage four wheel drive low. Put the vehicle back in drive and follow the signs to Rancho Pacifico!
  13. Newly arriving guests should proceed past our parking area on the left, enter the main gate, and park at the top of our driveway in the spot reserved for Check-in/Reception.
Option 2: Regional Flight

You can take a scenic 20-minute flight on Sansa or Skyway from the SJO International Airport to Quepos or Palmar Sur. Luggage weight is limited to 30 pounds per person not including a carry-on. Extra charges apply above 30 pounds. In order to take the regional flight, you will need to plan a 2-hour window from the time of arrival to the SJO International Airport. After exiting customs and the main terminal, the regional terminal is a short walk. You have to be at the regional terminal at least 45 minutes before the flight. For more information visit: or From the Quepos/Manuel Antonio or Palmar Sur regional airports, we can arrange private ground transportation to Rancho Pacifico for $100 each way for up to 4 guests.

Option 3: Private Ground Transportation

You will have a driver waiting for you outside of baggage claim. The driver will have a Rancho Pacifico sign with your name. Please note that we need at least 48 hours to schedule this transportation, and we will need your international flight itinerary. The price is $220 each way for up to 4 guests. Additional VIP ground transportation options such as in-vehicle food and beverages are available. Contact us at for more information.

Option 4 - Private Charter Plane or Helicopter

We can book a private plane or helicopter for you. Please send us your international flight itinerary, and number of guests, so we can provide a charter quote.  Plane charters start at $475 each way and helicopter charters start at $2,000 each way.  To schedule a private charter plane or helicopter, contact us at

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