Clandestina is located in the Southwest portion of Costa Rica at the very tip of the Osa Peninsula. The area is known as Cabo Matapalo, and is 18km South of the town of Puerto Jimenez.
International travelers should fly into San Jose’s Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO), which is the closest major airport. United Airlines offers a nonstop flight from Newark (EWR), while Delta has a nonstop from Los Angeles (LAX). Iberia has nonstop flights from Madrid (MAD), while other European flights generally route through Miami, FL (MIA) or Panama City, Panama (PTY).
For domestic travel from SJO to Puerto Jimenez (PTJ), select either Nature Air (which departs from the SJO airport) or Sansa Airlines (located in a separate terminal which is a 10 minute walk or 3 minute cab ride from SJO). Tickets range from $150 to $300 round trip, depending on season and availability. (Note, there are fewer flights into PTJ in the “green” season, when the possibility of afternoon thunderstorms limits later arrivals. Be sure to check baggage allowances, as there are strict rules regarding carry on luggage and surfboards are generally restricted to 7’0” and below.)
For late arriving flights that require an overnight stay, we recommend our friends at Tierra Magica, a lovely B&B in the San Jose suburb of Escazu. Cab rides to the city range from $25-35.
For travelers desiring a more high end, full service hotel we recommend the Grano de Oro, and for budget travelers the Hotel La Sabana.
Once you land in Puerto Jimenez, we will have transport waiting for you. Local, licensed cab drivers provide 4x4 transport for up to 5 people and luggage for $35 one way. The ride from airstrip to lodge is approximately 35 minutes.
We suggest a length of stay from 4 to 7 days in order to get a full jungle experience. Packages are available at a reduced rate for stays over one week.
If you are the adventurous type and have more time for your trip, you can also drive from San Jose to Clandestina. The journal by coastal highway takes around 7 hours, and should be done during daylight hours. Driving affords the opportunity for side trips, such as those to Monte Verde and the spectacular Arenal Volcano. Contact us for advice on interesting diversions…