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LagunaVista Villas is located in the Osa Peninsula on the southwest coast of Costa Rica. It is beside Playa Carate and Laguna Pejeperrito, and very close to the Corcovado National Park. Our nearest town is Puerto Jimenez, a one-hour drive away.
Surrounded by the coastal mountains of the Osa Peninsula, our lodge is served by a single road from Puerto Jimenez.
The road ends 2km further west at our local airstrip in Carate, the starting point for trips along Playa Carate and into the Corcovado National Park.
Driving from San Jose, visitors have two main choices:
1. The main Pan-American highway which first crosses the mountainous area just outside San Jose before descending down through the central San Yisidro valley, west towards Palma Norte and down the coast towards the Panamanian border.
2. The main road heading directly towards the south west coast and the beach town of Jaco. From there, guests should simply continue heading south past Quepos, Dominical and Palma Norte towards the Panamanian border.
The turn off to Puerto Jimenez is at Chacarita about 45 minutes south of Palma Norte. Please keep an eye out for this important right turn. It will take about 1-1/2hrs to reach Puerto Jimenez from Chacarita.
From Puerto Jimenez, it will take about one (1) hour to reach LagunaVista Villas, driving on the only road heading west towards Matapalo, a popular surf spot, then continuing out towards Playa Carate and the Corcovado National Park.
LagunaVista Villas is the first lodge visitors will see as they approach Carate. It is on the left just after their first sighting of Laguna Pejeperrito. Signs are posted along the road as you approach the lodge.
The total drive time from San Jose to LagunaVista Villas is approximately 6-8hrs depending on road conditions. At certain times of the year and depending on weather conditions, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is also recommended.
There is plenty of free parking security for private and rental vehicles at the lodge.
Please contact us if you have any specific questions which are not answered here. Thank you.
There are three (3) main options to get to Puerto Jimenez. Once there, guests have a choice of taking a local taxi or our lodge truck for the 1-hour trip out to Playa Carate and LagunaVista. The taxi rate is $70-80 one way.
There is also the Alpha Romeo 5-seat charter flight option, currently for $180 o/w total, which takes only ten minutes flying over beautiful rainforest and tropical beach scenes. If using Alpha Romeo to Carate, LagunaVista provides a pickup service free of charge.
Please contact the staff for more information and/or bookings. Thank you.
Options to fly to Puerto Jimenez and Carate
1. Nature Air
This domestic airline departs from both Tobias Bolaños International Airport (SYQ), Pavas, nearer San Jose city, and Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO).
The flight takes 50 minutes to reach Puerto Jimenez. Flight reservations on Nature Air may be made at book.natureair.com.
One-way flights cost approximately USD120 per person with discounts for seniors and nationals.
2. Private Charter
Alpha Romeo Air Charters is the local option for private flights from San Jose (or elsewhere) down to Puerto Jimenez. Or guests can choose to fly directly to Playa Carate and our local airstrip from either San Jose or Puerto Jimenez.
Flight time from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez or Playa Carate: 1 hour. The all-in cost for a one-way charter San Jose to Playa Carate or Puerto Jimenez is about USD870. One-way cost from Puerto Jimenez to Playa Carate as of June 2017 is $185.
Please contact us for more details, flight itineraries, schedules and prices.
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