By Car: Head west out of San José on the San José–Caldera Highway (CR27). Just past the fourth toll booth at Pavón, follow the signs to Jacó and you’ll turn onto the Costanera Sur (CR34), the Southern Coastal Highway. From here it’s a straight shot down the coast to Jacó. The trip should take a little over an hour.
By Bus: Transportes Jacó express buses ((tel) 2290-2922; www.transportesjacoruta655.com) leave San José daily every 2 hours between 7am and 7pm from the Coca-Cola bus terminal at Calle 16 between avenidas 1 and 3. The trip takes between 2 1/2 and 3 hours; the fare is C2,395. On weekends and holidays, extra buses are sometimes added, so it’s worth calling to check.
Gray Line ((tel) 800/719-3105 in the U.S. and Canada, or 2220-2126 in Costa Rica; www.graylinecostarica.com) and Interbus ((tel) 4031-0888; www.interbusonline.com) have two buses daily leaving San José to Jacó, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The fare is around $42. They will pick you up at most San José–area hotels, and both offer connections to most major tourist destinations in the country.
Buses from San José to Quepos and Manuel Antonio also pass by Jacó. (They let passengers off on the highway about 1km/[bf]1/2 mile from town.) However, during the busy months, some of these buses will refuse passengers getting off in Jacó or will accept them only if they pay the full fare to Quepos or Manuel Antonio.
From Puntarenas, you can catch daily Transportes Quepos Puntarenas ((tel) 2777-1617, Quepos-bound buses at 5, 7, 9, 10:30 and 11am and 1, 2:30, 4, 4:30 and 5:30pm. The buses drop you off on the highway outside town. The trip’s duration is 3 hours; the fare is C2,450.
The Jacó bus station is at the north end of town, at a small mall across from the Jacó Fiesta Hotel. Buses for San José leave daily every 2 hours between 5am and 5pm. Buses returning to San José from Quepos pass periodically and pick up passengers on the highway. Because schedules can change, it’s best to ask at your hotel about current departure times.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.