While driving is a great way to see the rugged and pristine natural beauty of South Puntarenas
, it is certainly not for the faint of heart. Driving here can be a real challenge with the roads in this part of the province often being just plain dirt tracks. Flying to Southern Costa Rica is definitely better as you not only save precious time, but you also get to travel in comfort and peace.
A great region to explore, Southern Puntarenas
is pretty remote with an outback feel to it. If you are the adventurous type and you do not mind long bumpy rides, then driving here can be quite a lot of fun. Rent a four wheel drive as it is the only kind of vehicle that can negotiate this part of the country, especially during the rainy season. Four wheel drives are more expensive to hire than normal cars, and should be booked in advance as these vehicles get rented out pretty quickly, especially during peak tourist season and local holidays.To rent a car, you need to do so in San Jose
and then drive down here as there are is just one car rental agency in the area. Many car rental companies also drop off rental vehicles to the destination of your choice, but usually charge a fee for this service. You can expect to pay at least US$ 500 a week to rent a car out here.
Renting a car in Costa Rica
Map of South Puntarenas
usually requires just a credit card and a valid driver’s license. There are not many car rental agencies in South Puntarenas, in fact the only one is found in Puerto Jimenez
, the largest town on the Osa Peninsula
. Providing easy access to the stunning Corcovado National Park
, Puerto Jimenez also offers a quick ferry ride to the sportfishing town of Golfito