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. Stop at a fruit stand to taste some exotic fruit or get a snack at one of the roadside “sodas”.  Also be sure to stop at the Rio Tarcoles bridge to see the wild crocodiles!


If you take a local flight or helicopter, a scenic short trip 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 the San Jose Airport to Rancho Pacifico is 3 to 3.5 hours on a scenic paved coastal road in good condition. A 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. We also recommend that you let us reserve your rental car for you so you can be sure you have the right car at the best rates. 

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.

Contact us for printed driving directions or rental car reservations.

Option 2: Regional Flight

You can take a scenic 20-minute flight on Sansa or Skyway from the San Jose 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 in San Jose. 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

This is our preferred option for speed, convenience, and reliability.  You will have a driver waiting for you outside of baggage claim with a Rancho Pacifico sign.  After meeting your driver, you will ride in a private air conditioned vehicle to Rancho Pacifico. Best of all, we can arrange for a rental car to be delivered to the hotel for your use during your stay.  Please note that we need at least 48 hours to schedule this transportation, and we will need your international flight itinerary. The price is $230 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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