Flights leave everyday from San José arriving to the two nearest airports in the area: the Quepos airport (2 hours north of Uvita) and the Palmar Sur airstrip (1 hour south of Uvita). We can help you rent a car that can be dropped off at either airport for you.
Option #1: Flying into Palmar Sur Go out of Palmar Sur to the Inter-American Highway and drive across the bridge over the Térraba River, towards Palmar Norte. Drive north on the coastal highway for 46 km. You will see Uvita Information Center on your left-hand side, approximately 500 m past the bridge over the Uvita River.
Option #2: Flying into Quepos Drive south on the coastal highway (La Costanera) for approximately 45 km until you get to Dominical. From there, drive 18 km south to Uvita. You will see Uvita Information Center on your right-hand side, approximately 1 km south of the Servicentro Bahía gas station, opposite the Banco de Costa Rica agency.
Operating from terminal at Juan Santa María International Airport
San José-Palmar Sur (Daily)
Operating from International AirportSan José-Quepos (Daily)
San José-Palmar Sur (Daily)
Flight makes a stop in Quepos
San José-Quepos (Daily)
Contact us for reservations and further information.
Uvita is located 3.5 hours from San Jose and the International Airport, all the road is paved
It is a 4 hour drive from San José. You may come either through the mountains or take the coastal route.
We can help you rent a car. We work with reliable companies that offer great deals and prices.
Option 1: Mountain Route (San José-Cartago-San Isidro de Pérez Zeledón-Dominical)
If you decide to come through the mountains, take the Inter-American Highway to the south, passing by Cartago, and head to San Isidro de Pérez Zeledón. At McDonald’s in San Isidro, turn right to Dominical (there is a road panel indicating the direction of Dominical). The paved road becomes a beautiful rural road that winds up through the coastal mountain range and then down towards the Pacific Ocean and Playa Dominical (about 1 hour). At the end of the road San Isidro-Dominical, you reach a T-intersection with some fruit stands and a small Police building before a paved concrete bridge. After crossing the bridge, you will find Dominical downtown on your right. Uvita is about 18 km south of Dominical. Just go on driving and keeping the Pacific Ocean on your right. Before arriving to Uvita, you will see a gas station on your right. Continue driving a few hundred meters. You will enter a commercial area. On your left, you will see a big grocery store called La Corona and the bank Banco de Costa Rica. Across the street, you will see Uvita Information Center. Welcome!!
Option 2: Coastal Route (San José-Quepos-Dominical)
The coastal route goes via the Caldera Highway, which starts in Ciudad Colón (western area of San Jose). You need to drive on this highway for about 1 hour and 10 min to arrive to the town of Orotina. In proximity of Orotina, you will see directions for the Costanera Highway. Take that exit. This way you will reach the coastal towns of Jaco and Quepos (the popular Manuel Antonio National Park is close to the town of Quepos). When you are in Quepos, follow the signs heading south towards Playa Dominical (about 30 minutes, 40km). At the end of the road from Quepos to Dominical, you will reach a T-intersection with some fruit stands and a small Police building before a paved concrete bridge. After crossing the bridge, you will find Dominical downtown on your right. Uvita is about 18 km south of Dominical. Just go on driving and keeping the Pacific Ocean on your right. Before arriving to Uvita, you will see a gas station on your right. Continue driving a few hundred meters. You will enter a commercial area. On your left, you will see a big grocery store called BM SUPERMERCADO and the bank Banco de Costa Rica. Across the street, you will see Uvita Information Center.
By Public Bus
By Shuttle and Private Transfer
From San Jose – Airport To Dominical- Uvita- Ojochal and return
We offer you a shared minivan services like an alternative to get to your final destinations.
This is the easiest way to arrive to Costa Ballena Area, door to door service for a reasonable rate, ideal to single traveler or couples. Pets are not allowed
Are you a bigger group or are you traveling with pets? Then check our private transfer options
We do work with reliable shuttle companies, bilingual drivers and Air conditioned Minivan.
We can assit you with connections to Sierpe, Manuel Antonio, Montezuma and among others destinations around Costa Rica, we do also work with Grayline, Interbus and other companies. Make your request
Let’s us help you choosing the best option, based on your arrival time and preferences.
Please see below the shuttle service schedule for the Area