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Driving directions from San Jose airport to the location of our central Key Box in Jaco.

If you arrive outside office hours you will need to pick up the keys from our lock box. Please email us to send you the code to the lock box.

Key box GPS coordinates: Latitude: 9.6132 Longitude: -84.6274

The drive to Jaco (pronounced Ha-cko') from the airport takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes and is fully paved. Exchange some currency into colones for the toll highway (about CRC 1,200). 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 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, and continue straight ahead for about 10 km. After the second bridge crossing, get in the right lane and take the next exit right for Route 3 for Jaco / Quepos / Manuel Antonio. There is 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. 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 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 following the highway signs to Orotina / Atenas.

Drive on Highway 27 through 2 toll booths. Then, take the next right exit to Route 34, follow signs for Jaco / Quepos. This exit forms a loop and then you bypass a roundabout to continue straight to Jaco (another 36 km).

Follow Route 34 (also called Costanera) for a while 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. Pass Punta Leona and Herradura - you will see the Automercado supermarket on the right hand side of the road.

Take the 2nd paved entrance into Jaco, a rather wide street with the green Maxi Pali supermarket to the right. Turn left at the end of that street to take Jaco's main street.

Drive for 1 km and look on the right hand side for our BEACHHOME Costa Rica sign next to a sand colored building called TORRE DEL TIEMPO. The building is next past another green building with a bakery (Pachis) on the ground floor and is across the Ekono store. Mas X Menos supermarket is also diagonally across the street.

You may briefly park in front of the building, just avoid the bus stop ahead. It's a taxi stand so have someone stay in the car while you collect or drop the keys.

Driving from Jaco to the SJO Airport using the NEW Highway 27 (San Jose - Caldera)

Take the Route 34 Costanera road north and follow the signs to Orotina and Atenas (Route 27). Go through two toll booths then exit to the right at Turrucares.

Go immediately around the roundabout and then under Highway 27, following the signs to La Garita. Go around the roundabout on the other side of the highway and then take a short two-way access road to the left (currently gravel) and make a right at the intersection.

Drive for about 3 km on this somewhat winding road to the next intersection and make a right (you cannot continue straight). You're now at La Garita, on the "old" road to/from Jaco (Route 3). Drive for another 3 km and then exit at the loop to the right to take the Panamerican Highway (Route 1), following the signs to San Jose and Aeropuerto. The exit to the airport is about 10 km after that, to the right.