TikiVillas Rainforest Lodge is located in Uvita on the Southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica
TikiVillas Rainforest Lodge is located in Uvita on the Southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica just off the new Coastal Highway between 155 km and 156 km highway markers. We are 12 Km (7 miles) drive south from the surf town of Dominical, and 6 Km (3.5 miles) North of the spectacular Ballena Marine National Park entrance.
We can easily be reached from San Jose in 45 minutes via a flight to Palmar Sur or Quepos or by car on a scenic and enjoyable three and a half hour drive (150 km/100 miles). This has truly breathtaking mountain views of the Central Valley, Cloud Forest and the coffee plantations all the way on a double lane paved main road to TikiVillas Rainforest Lodge.
GETTING TO COSTA RICA
Many international airlines offer direct flights to San Jose as well as Liberia in Costa Rica. Airlines are expanding their routes to Costa Rica and new ones are being created all the time so check with the airline or your travel agent. Closest International airport to TikiVillas Rainforest Lodge is SJO – San Jose
GETTING TO TIKIVILLAS RAINFOREST LODGE
By prior arrangement TikiVillas Rainforest Lodge can arrange private land transfers from San Jose Airport or your hotel with comfortable private driver, the drive is about 3 to 4 hours. The rate at time of publication is approximately $220 each way. Then you can make arrangements and have the rental car delivered to TikiVillas Rainforest Lodge. Please contact us for latest price details.
Regional airlines Nature Air (www.natureair.com) and SANSA (www.flysansa.com) operate regular flights from San Jose to Quepos and Palmar Sur. You can have a rent a car delivered to Quepos Airport and its an easy 1 hour drive down the coastal highway or we can arrange a Tranfer from either airport by taxi and at time of publication are approx. $80 each way.
Rent a Car
We highly recomend having your own car wille at TikiVillas Rainforest Lodge as the area is very spread out. Among reputable car rental agencies represented in Costa Rica are: Alamo (www.alamocostarica.com), Avis (www.avis.co.cr), Budget (www.budget.co.cr), National (www.natcar.com), Mapache Rent a Car (www.mapache.com) or Toyota rent a car (www.toyotarent.com). Please note that there is mandatory insurance in Costa Rica regardles of rental company NOT covered by any credit card plan you may have, this varies between $12 to $20 per day depending on model. Make sure this is included in your quote. We are more than happy assist you with your rental requirements so please do not hesitate to ask us.
Shared Shuttle Bus
For travel times and distances from other points in Costa Rica you can use this distance calculator:
There are two main routes from San Jose.
Option One – New Toll highway (HWY 27) & costal road: Takes 3 to 3.5 hour from San Jose International Airport and the shorter and quickest way from the Airport in San Jose to TikiVillas Rainforest Lodge using the new toll highway.
(Please note that some Sundays Hwy 27 is one way (from the beach area to San Jose) from 12pm to 6pm. If traveling to the coast during these times on applicable Sundays you will need to take the old road using Route 3, so driving to Atenas then Aguacate then Orotina and following signes to the coast Puntarenas Jaco. Please ask your rent a car or hotel for further details or contact us)
We suggest you exchanging at least $10 US dollars into Costa Rican colones for the tolls on the highway. Ask the rental car agent to send you off in the right direction, which should be west on Route 1, past the airport.
Note: The first 13 km uses the same “old” route to Uvita. Some GPS devices might not be updated and could still have the “old” route so do not rely on them to follow the complete recommended route.
Once on Route 1 – follow signs to San Ramon, and continue straight ahead for about 10 km. After the second bridge crossing, get in the right lane and take the next exit (Route 3) for Jaco / Quepos / Manuel Antonio. There is also a sign here for Punta Leona and Atenas. Turn left at the stop sign, crossing back over Route 1.
Follow Route 3 for about 3 km. Look for a large Christian church on the left and then a soccer field and make a left on the road immediately after it. You are on the road to Turrucares. There are no signs and it’s a secondary road, so don’t think you’ve made a mistake. It’s currently the best connection to the toll highway from the airport.
Drive for another 3 km through this somewhat winding road. Once you arrive at the highway intersection turn left BEFORE the highway. Again, there are might still be no signs there here yet. Be careful as it’s a narrow two-way gravel access road. After some 300 meters you will arrive at a roundabout. Make a right following the highway signs to Orotina / Atenas.
Drive on the highway through 2 toll booths. Then, take the next right exit to Route 34, follow signs for Jaco / Quepos. This exit forms a loop and then you bypass a roundabout to continue to Jaco.
Once on the Costanera highway from Jaco head towards Quepos do not go off at Quepos but continue south to Matapalo and then to Dominical. Once you pass the Police Control and bridge over Baru river, do not turn off to Dominical but continue on the coastal highway for 12km/ 7.5 miles To TikiVillas Rainforest Lodge. A couple of miles before reaching TikiVillas Rainforest Lodge there will be a sign for an entrance to “Cuna del Angel” on your right continue on the highway for a further 3km 1.5 miles, keep an eye out for marker 155km on your right (it’s a small white marker with 155km on it), 500 meters (500 yards) the road will start curving to the right as you are coming out of the curve on the left hand side there is “Villas Hermosas” a residential development, immediately after you will see a road on your left and a TikiVillas Rainforest Lodge sign turn left into the drive our parking is 400 meters (400 yards) at the end of the drive. If you see Km marker 156 or reach a gas station you have gone too far.
Option two – via the mountains – Cerro de la Muerte: Take a 3.5 – 4.5 hour from San Jose a scenic drive through Central Valley, cloud forest and coffee plantations. Make sure you get directions from the car rental company or hotel on how to get from San Jose on to the Pan American Highway South towards Cartago. Follow directions to Cartago until you see a sign to San Isidro de General to the right. Follow signs to San Isidro de General it will be about a 3 hour drive through seanic mountains until you arrive at San Isidro de General. Follow the road until you see the McDonnald sign, take a right at McDonnalds and follow the road through town, keep on this road as it will take you to Dominical. You will travel through the mountains again going through the villages of Tinamastes, Plantanillo and then Baru. About 45 minutes from san Isidro the road ends at an intersection, take a left towards Dominical and pass the Police Control and bridge over Baru river, once on the highway (Costanera) do not turn off to Dominical but continue on the coastal highway for 12km/ 7.5 miles To TikiVillas Rainforest Lodge. A couple of miles before reaching TikiVillas Rainforest Lodge there will be a sign for an entrance to “Cuna del Angel” on your right continue on the highway for a further 3km 1.5 miles, keep an eye out for marker 155km on your right (it’s a small white marker with 155km on it), 500 meters (500 yards) the road will start curving to the right as you are coming out of the curve on the left hand side there is a small TikiVillas Rainforest Lodge black sign turn left into the drive (you will need to put the car into 4×4) and our parking is 300 meters (300 yards) at the end of the drive. If you see Km marker 156 or reach a gas station you have gone too far.. We recommend you do not drive this way at night as the mountain road can get foggy
By Public Bus
Buses run from San Jose bus station to Uvita, these pass in front of TikiVillas Rainforest Lodge. Buses also go from San Jose to San Isidro de General and Quepos. In San Isidro or Quepos you will need to connect to another bus that runs to Dominical or Uvita. Timetable available at reception.