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NEW WEBSITE FOR OUR MAIN AIRPORT, SJO,
(Juan Santamaria Int'l Airport)
DRIVING ON HWY 27, the NEW HIGHWAY FROM S.J. INT'L AIRPORT (SJO) to JACO, LOS SUENOS, HERMOSA
GPS coordinates: Latitude: 9.6132 Longitude: -84.6274
ASK ABOUT THE NEW SHORTCUT-EITHER TO OR FROM THE AIRPORT
ITS NATIONAL ROAD 721 AND IT IS A GREAT NEW ROAD THATS ABOUT 3
MILES WEST OF THE AIRPORT. YOU CATCH IT ON THE RIGHT!
HEADING BACK TO THE AIRPORT AFTER YOUR FABULOUS VACATION, YOU
WILL SEE THE TURNOFF FOR HWY 721, TAKE THAT AND YOU'LL GET TO THE
AIRPORT MUCH FASTER!!! ASK THE CAR RENTAL COMPANY FOR DIRECTIONS!!!
The drive to Jaco (pronounced Ha-CO') from the International Airport (SJO) on the new paved Highway 27, normally takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes. It's important to exchange some currency into colones for the toll highway (about CRC 2,200 colones-$4.40).
Ask the rental car agent to send you off in the right direction, which should be west on Route 1 (also called Panamericana), past the airport. Drive defensively and be aware when two lanes become one, CEDA EL PASO means Give Way.
Note: The first 13 km (7 miles) uses the same old route to Jaco. GPS devices might not be updated and will likely still have the old route so do not rely on them to follow our complete recommended route.
Once on Route 1 - follow signs to San Ramon, continue straight ahead for about 10 km-6 mi. After the second bridge crossing, get in the right lane and take the next exit right for Route 3 for Jaco / Quepos / Manuel Antonio. AND you'll also a sign here for Punta Leona and Atenas.
Turn left at the stop sign, crossing back over Route 1.
Follow Route 3 for about 3 km 1.8 mi. Look for a large Christian church on the left and then a soccer field and then make a left on the road immediately after it.
You are on the road to Turrucares. There are no signs and it's a secondary road, so don't think you've made a mistake. It's currently the best connection to the Route 27 toll highway from the airport.
Drive for another 3 km 1.8 mi. through this somewhat winding road. Once you arrive at the Highway 27 (also called San Jose-Caldera) intersection turn left BEFORE the highway. Again, there are no signs here yet. Be careful as it's a narrow two-way gravel access road. After some 300 meters you will arrive at a roundabout. Make a right on to the highway-see signs to Orotina / Atenas.
Drive on Highway 27 through 2 toll booths about 25 minutes.
(You will pass the Orotina turnoff, keep going about another 8 minutes to get to the
2nd toll booth.)
Get to the right lane and take the very next right exit to Route 34- with signs for Jaco / Quepos. This exit forms a loop and then you bypass a roundabout to continue straight to Jaco (another 36 km about 20 miles).
Follow Route 34 (also called Costanera) for about 20 minutes and you will cross over the Tarcoles River Bridge - there are usually a few cars parked before/after the bridge since it is a popular viewing point for the crocodiles lurking in and around the river.
Shortly after this you will see the ocean on your right hand side.
About 10 minutes from here you will pass the Punta Leona entrance.
Continue straight and soon you will be going uphill. About 1km. 1/2 mile up you will see
that this road split and slow traffic should move right.
Before you reach the top you will pass the entrance to Villas Caletas.
After that you go downhill and soon, about 5 minutes, you will come to a big intersection with a blinking yellow light on top- turn right here to go to Los Suenos as you are now in Herradura (home to our favorite supermarket Auto Mercado).
Continue on the highway straight to go to Jaco, which comes up about 5 minutes down the road, where I LOVE Sushi is. This is the first turn into Jaco, and there are 4 more entrances into Jaco after that.
After you pass Hotel Club del Mar continue another 6 minutes to Playa Hermosa.
To get to the Hermosa Bungalows or Hermosa Palms, turn right immediately after you pass the Backyard Bar.
To go to Esterillos, continue another 10 minutes, and Bejuco will be another 10 minutes after that.
Stop in and visit our very cool office, we have coffee, cold water, a/c, candy, and Chef Jeff's Cajun seasoning for ya!
KEEP IN MIND THERE ARE 2 MAJOR CLIMATE ZONES
(but lots of micro climates)
1. Costa Rica's Central Valley is famous for having some of the best weather in the world, due to its' mountainous location yet only 9 degrees from the equator. The temperatures during the day can be around 70 F.; or 3-8 degrees cooler than the beaches, but at night the difference can be as high as 20 degrees. So its not uncommon to have daytime temperatures of 75 F. that dip to 55 F. at night.
There are lots of micro-climates: so you could experience 95 F. degree afternoons in Santa Ana, and 10 minutes away, at night, be freezing in the mountains of Escazu. Arenal can have similar temperature fluctuations.
Rainy season in San Jose is pretty similar to the beaches, from May till November with the worst month being October.
2. The beaches can be divided between north, central and south, Atlantic and Pacific. Here in Jaco, our temperatures are the best of any beach area south of Mexico, because of how the bay is shaped and the cooling breezes we receive. During the day, Central Pacific temperatures can average between 76-90 F.; while either north in Guanacaste, or south in the Osa peninsula, temperatures can average 85-95 F.
In the Jaco area, the nights comfortably cool down, while the other regions
things can still seem warm. The Caribbean side seems muggier more often than anywhere else, and they do have almost the opposite schedule of the rainy season as the Pacific. Check the weather on google before you come!!!
Remember what happens in San Jose sometimes stays in San Jose, so if you want the weather for the Pacific, check Puntarenas as an indicator.
Easy way to remember the difference between Celcius & Fahrenheit:
82 F. is 28 C.
Pack light: Bring comfortable, hand-washable clothing. T-shirts and shorts are acceptable in San José though frowned upon in Government offices.
AT night it can get chilly, so bring long pants, and a light weight jacket.
In San Jose, if planning to go out in the evening, slacks are highly recommended as some restaurants won't admit you in shorts or sandals.
Yes jeans are popular, especially with a sport coat.
Loose-fitting long-sleeve shirts and pants are recommended if you take any day trips out to smaller towns, where immodest attire is frowned upon.
IN general, Costa Ricans' take pride in their clothing, especially in the San Jose suburbs, either Escazu or Curridibat.
Bring a large hat to block the sun from your face and neck.
Pack a light sweater, sweatshirt or lightweight jacket for San José's cool nights for trips up volcanoes. Sturdy sneakers or hiking boots are essential if you plan to do a lot of sightseeing and hiking.
Waterproof hiking sandals or other footwear that lets your feet breathe are good for strolling about town, and also for beach walking, fording streams, and navigating the myriad mudholes you'll find on rain and cloud forest trails.
If going to the beach, obviously you'll want light, cool, clothing, swimwear, shades, etc. and the standard fare is shirts, shorts, sandals;
but there is a 10,000 colones fine for wearing shorts and dark socks with either tennis shoes or sandals during the day!
In Jacó Beach, you can purchase just about anything you may have forgotten, from sexy bikinis to digital cameras...we've got it all!
Bring the CR Beach language tips found on our page, "Learn these Words" (please remember if you are from Canada, Great Britain, or
the Boston area-its Co-sta Rica not Casta Rica!) or stop by our office and pickup one of our famous bookmarks with the tips on one side. Costa Rica is not a "3rd world" country, where getting supplies is difficult.
If you forget your camera battery pack or the computer recharge-cord, you can most likely get them at a Radio Shack for twice the U.S. price, or at Walmart-for only 50% more than the U.S. Yes there are tons of places to buy mosquito repellent or suntan lotion, but probably double the U.S. price.
All in all, our temperatures are similar to summers in San Diego, California, with a little Miami mixed in.....
Jeff's super tip: bring good sandals with you, (prefavorably with a back strap), because the sidewalks here, (where they exist) can tear up the most expensive pair of flipflops in a second, (and possibly with your face kissing our famous black ants.)
Remember in Costa Rica, if you trip and fall, it's your fault-there are no personal injury lawsuits here......