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Drive from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez

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Drive from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez

Hello. What is the drive like between San Jose and Puerto Jimenez? Considering hiring van/driver for one way and flying the other way. Good sights along the way? Worth the drive?

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1. Re: Drive from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez

The coastal route is easier and shorter yet not as scenic as the mountain route.

If going coastal route Tarcoles bridge, Uvita (for a lunch) and Mirador de Osa (for another break) are good enough stops.

If going mountain route, short stop at the Cartago cathedral, and at the restaurant on the top of Cerro de la Muerte for hummingbirds (the name escaped me but the driver should know it). Take the route via Uvita, as continuing on PanAm Hwy is longer and not so interesting.

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2. Re: Drive from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez

About how much would it cost to hire a driver, and about how long is the drive from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez?

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3. Re: Drive from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez

There is a list of private drivers under the Top Questions. Send a couple of them your inquiry and you will have the most updated answer.

From San Jose to Puerto Jimenez is about 8 hours non-stop.

Edited: 11:52 am, May 11, 2016
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4. Re: Drive from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez

We did the drive in 6 and 1/2 hours with a ten minute stop halfway.The best parts of the drive scenery-wise are the first part thru the mountains, the section around Dominical and Uvita, and the last bit as you drive by Piedras Blancas National Park. It was worth it to us for at least one time tho usually we fly.

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5. Re: Drive from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez

I'm curious....did you do this drive? Which way did you go and any thoughts to share?

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6. Re: Drive from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez

Osalife obviously took the mountain route = PanAm Hwy 2 via Cartago and San Isidro de el General (Perez Zeledon) then down the mountain towards Dominical and left on Costanera Sur till Palmar Norte where joined the PanAm for a short time, and off towards Puerto Jimenez. Very scenic route but do start early, as in the mountains it does rain often after the noon.

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7. Re: Drive from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez

any interesting stops and/or special restaurants to recommend on the drive from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez ??

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8. Re: Drive from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez

Really nice ride…do it by the coast way…about 7 hours…private driver is a nice way…but I believe can be a lot more expensive than renting a car…rent a car and drop it in PJ…

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9. Re: Drive from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez

We rented a car and drove from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez and then a little further to house we were renting by Pan Dulce...Casa Bambu. Beautiful drive, no need to pay for driver. Loved seeing the different towns and beaches. The only recommendation is to plan to arrive in daylight.

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