South Central Pacific Info and Map
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The South Central Pacific Zone
Our South Central Pacific Zone includes Dominical south for about 30km past Uvita.. This area contains some of the lushest rainforest along the coast and some of the most consistent surf to be found in Costa Rica. Dominical is a small beach town with a distinctive flavor. Over the last decade as the rest of the coast has been built up Dominical has maintained its intimate "surfer town" persona primarily due to the distance from San Jose and the necessity of traveling over a high mountain road to San Isidro or along the old coast road which was often only semi-passable. The recent completion Costa Rica's coastal road project which includes the San Jose to Caldera Highway and the construction of new bridges and road improvement south of Playa Jaco has now made what used to be a 4-7 hour journey to Dominical an easy, pleasant 3 hour ride.
Getting to the South Central Pacific Area is a straightforward affair, especially since the completion of the San Jose to Caldera Highway. From the Juan Santamaria Airport you will take the Costa Rica High 1 to San Jose. It is about 18 km to Parque Sabana on your right. Just before the park is the Nissan dealership. Pass the park to the other side. Stay in the right lane (about 1.5 km). You will come to the third traffic signal after the Nissan dealer and will make a right turn onto the new San Jose to Puerto Caldera Highway - Highway 27. You should see signs for Escazu and you will know that you are headed in the right direction. This is a toll road and you will need Costa Rican colones. Stay on this road. You will drive about 54 km, 7 km past Orotina, to a toll. 150m after the toll is the exit for Playa Jaco-Highway 34. Turn right, around a circular entrance, under the highway and around a traffic circle to the other side. You will now be on the road that runs along the coast. The driving distance from San Jose to Playa Jaco is about 85km: (distances are approximate)
to Manuel Antonio - 165km, and
to Dominical - 210km,
to Punta Dominical - 215km,
to Dominicalito - 215m.
Driving Directions San Jose to Dominical