Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

A Relaxed Town Near Corcovado National Park

The Puerto Jimenez Vibe

Typically in Costa Rica, I find that every town exudes a particular vibe. With Puerto Jimenez, I did not get that feeling.

However, after spending a few days in the area the town grew on me. I realized the reason it did not have a particular vibe is because it is still a local small town.

There are tourists in Puerto Jimenez, but not to the extent that you see in other towns in Costa Rica. It has stuck to its roots and I like that about Puerto Jimenez.

Within just a short drive out of the town, you can visit beautiful beaches with turquoise waters and lush jungles filled with wildlife.

Alright, let’s get to planning your perfect trip to Puerto Jimenez Costa Rica!

Map Of Puerto Jimenez

Puerto Jimenez is about as far south on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica as you can get. It is located on the little hook of the country and the calm waters of Golfo Dulce. 

Puerto Jimenez at a Glance

Nearest International Airport

Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose

Popular Things to Do

Corcovado tours, relaxing on the beach, fishing

Best Way to Get Around

Rental car, walking in the downtown area

Best Time of Year to Visit

Dry season is from late December until mid-April


Getting to Puerto Jimenez

Flights to Costa Rica

Your best option for getting to Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica is to fly into San Jose International Airport. The full name is Juan Sanatamaria International Airport. And the airport code is SJO.

If you haven’t booked your flight yet, we suggest using Skyscanner. We consistently find the best rates through their website.



Transportation From San Jose International Airport

Rental Car

From the San Jose airport, it will take you about six hours to drive to Puerto Jimenez. This is actually a really nice drive because it goes past a bunch of other beach towns on the way down. The road is also well maintained the whole way.

Just make sure that your GPS directs you along the coastal road by Jaco and Manuel Antonio and not through the mountains. The trip through the mountains is rough!

If you need a good place to pull off for a quick lunch along the way we suggest stopping in Dominical. It is about halfway into the drive and really easy to pull off into Dominical from the main road. There is a cute fish and chips shop called Pescado Loco that makes some killer fish tacos located right in the downtown area. We like to stop there because it is a great place for a quick but tasty lunch.

We suggest using Adobe for your car rentals because they are the most trustworthy rental car company in this country (in our opinion) and we have a 10% discount for you. You can read more about renting a car here.


Domestic Flight

There is a small airport in Puerto Jimenez that offers direct flights to and from San Jose daily.

This is usually a bit more expensive, but it is definitely the fastest way to get here.

You can check out your flight option here. 

Public Bus

If you do not plan on renting a car you can also take the public bus to Puerto Jimenez. The bus runs twice daily at 8:00am and 12:00pm from downtown San Jose. The ride will take about 8 hours.

Tip: If you don’t feel comfortable driving, a private shuttle is always a great option. Find out more here.


Getting Around in Puerto Jimenez

The downtown area of Puerto Jimenez is small enough to easily walk around. However, you probably won’t be spending much time in the downtown area. A lot of the fun activities happen away from the downtown.

We had our car with us in Puerto Jimenez and it was definitely helpful. It allowed us to visit a lot of nice beaches that we would not have been able to get to otherwise. Also, if you do a tour to Corcovado National Park you can opt to have transportation provided by your tour company but it will be cheaper if you just drive yourself to the national park.

We definitely suggest renting a vehicle with high clearance and 4 wheel drive. The roads around Puerto Jimenez are not paved and sometimes you will have to drive through rivers. Just keep in mind that this is a lot easier and safer during the dry season. During the rainy season, the water level can get very high.

Pro Tip: Rent a car with Adobe through our site and you will get a 10% discount plus other great perks! Score! You can find out more about it here.

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Puerto Jimenez Weather

This area follows a similar weather pattern to the rest of the South Pacific coast.

You can expect hot and dry weather from the end of December until April or May. After that, the rainy season begins.

During the rainy season, you can expect afternoon rainstorms that come like clockwork.

From September until December the weather becomes kind of unpredictable. You may have days that are complete washouts and other days with perfect weather.

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