We are located on the southwestern tip of Costa Rica on the Osa Peninsula, approximately 12 miles south of Puerto Jimenez.
You can get here from San Jose by plane, car or bus.
It is easy!
Most of our guests fly into the capital San Jose and take one of several daily flights to Puerto Jimenez with Sansa.
From there follows transportation to Ojo del Mar by taxi.
The flight is about 50 minutes and the ride out is about half an hour through magnificent scenery. We will be happy to send a taxi to pick you up from the airport in Puerto Jiménez ($35).
If you need to stay overnight in San Jose, we can recommend the following accommodations:
Bed & Breakfast "Tierra Magica" in Escazú
and the Hotel "Los Volcanes" in Alajuela.
Costa Rica is a beautiful ! This is a good way to see the country and have control over your schedule.
We can help you reserve rental cars, although it's easy to get around the Osa without a rental car: using taxis is less expensive and helps the local economy, not to mention you get to know great Costa Rican taxi drivers and practice your Spanish.
Even though San Jose is only about 200 miles from Puerto Jimenez, it takes from six to seven hours to make the drive, depending upon road conditions, time of day, weather conditions and ingenuity of the driver. We recommend you not to drive at night.
Four-wheel drive vehicles (or at least 2x4s) are recommended, particularly once you are on
the Osa. Three rental car companies have offices in Puerto Jiménez. If you want to drive down and drop the car here (additional fee), choose one of those:
Hence, it is possible to drive one way and fly the other.
Driving from San Jose to Ojo del Mar
GPS: N 08° 24.577´ W 083° 16.924´
There are two ways to drive from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez:
The first is to head down the Pan American Highway through San Isidro. Head west from San Isidro to Dominical ( 3/4 - 1 hr.) and follow the coast road south through Dominical to Palmar Norte. From there head south on the Pan American to Chacarita, take a right turn towards Pto. Jimenez (58 km) . Drive through Pto. Jimenez and take the only road (dirt road!) south to Carate. We are located 18 km south on the left hand side.
The second and faster option is to head west from San José toward the coast, take the new highway "Pista del Sol". It's a faster drive, and the road is recently repaired. Head west from San Jose toward Jaco, then south toward Quepos, continuing onward to Dominical, and to Palmar Norte and then follow the directions above.
Driving from Golfito is not possible, as the ferry is not a car ferry. It only ferries foot passengers. Hence, if you have a car and are coming north from Panama or in or around Golfito, you need to drive north to Chacarrita, and then follow the directions above once on the Osa Peninsula.
Daily bus service presently leaves from San Jose (Barrio Mexico) to Puerto Jimenez at 8 a.m. and 12 noon, and departs for San Jose from Puerto Jimenez at 5 A.M. and 9 A.M.
The bus ride takes approximately 8 hours, and costs approximately $12 per person each way. Buses are not air-conditioned, and this is only recommended for the "hearty traveler."
Reservations are not possible. Call Transportes Blanco once you are in San Jose. Their number is
2257-4121, and their address is Barrio Mexico de la Parada de San Carlos 25mts Norte, San Jose.