Last week we spent 3 days in the Osa Peninsula in south Puntarenas. Most travelers who come to this area are planning to go to Corcovado National Park, Drake Bay, Cabo Matapalo and Golfo Dolce, all famous for hiking, beaches, camping and wildlife watching. Whether you’re coming by car or plane, every traveler has to make a stop in Puerto Jimenez, the main city in this area.
Driving to Puerto Jimenez
It’s actually pretty easy to drive to Puerto Jimenez as it is just one main road that gets you there. From San Jose, you want to get onto the Costanera Sur and you’ll drive for roughly 6 -7 hours. This is why most people take a charter flight from SJO airport.
Visiting Puerto Jimenez
Many people stay around this area as their home base in this part of Costa Rica or launching point to explore Osa and Corcovado National Park. Since this is the main town in the Osa, it’s considered to have the best access to Corcovado and they have all the services and amenities – tour companies, banks, supermarkets, etc. so you can stock up before you go
This is also where the Puerto Jimenez airport is, so you can see where the Nature Air and Sansa Air offices are when you check in and board. (Watch the video to see a cool clip of a charter plane taking off).
Come take a look at what the largest town in Osa Peninsula looks like. I know many of you may be worried about road conditions and what kind of car you need, and in this video you can see what it’s like.
Driving Around Puerto Jimenez
We hope you enjoyed this driving video and got a good idea of what Puerto Jimenez is like, especially if you’re taking a charter flight.
If you need some recommendations for where to stay in Puerto Jimenez, we stayed at Iguana Lodge during our time in Osa, which is 4 kilometers from the airport. Many travelers don’t stay right in town, since most hotels are located around it.
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