What to Bring?
1 Arrival to San Jose,
If your International flight arrives early morning to mid-afternoon, you can (from Dec-Apr) get a connecting flight in the same day, and not need a layover night. In this case you would be able to catch a flight down to the town of Puerto Jimenez, right from the same airport where you land at SJO. After leaving customs upon arrival you would make your way to an elevator and go upstairs to the Nature Air ticket counter, for check-in. We can arrange for your flights and send out boarding passes for your group that you would print out and hand them at the ticket counter. There is another airline Sansa, nearby but still requires that you get a taxi or walk your bags a block to the west from the main terminal to their terminal. In most cases we would suggest you use Nature Air for this reason. Both are reputable companies and have modern up to date flotillas. In either case we can arrange the air fares for you and have the boarding pass sent to your inbox. Or if you prefer to use our Book It Now button you can purchase them yourself right here from this page. We have some flight schedules below.
Things to do in San Jose on Layover days,
In the slow season May to Nov there are only morning flights on both airlines, therefore if your arrival time is in the afternoon, you will have to spend the night in San Jose. We can arrange a hotel for you weather you like a little boutique hotel, or large chain hotel, or want to hit the Casino, we can arrange your night in San Jose. And possibly be able to catch a short trip to the Gold, National or Jade Museums or a short trip out to the Ruins of Cartago, San Jose’s largest city, or catch a glimpse of an sleepy Volcano Poas, or a number of other local tours in San Jose. Just let us know if you need help, or if you find a tour you want to do, just ask and we can arrange it for you in San Jose or anywhere else in the country for that fact. If you are going to drive your way down and plan on spending a few days seeing the countryside, we can arrange tours along the way, we have a list of great tours operators from Jaco to Osa, and we will be happy to assist in planning your activities. We Want to Make your Vacation a Memorable One!!!
We have our list and can recommend some nice hotels that we have been using for many years and from personal experience (thru trial and error) and are able to say these are credible establishments, where you don’t have to worry. But if you have one of preference and would like us to make that arrangement just let us know the name and we will handle it. Many have Casinos and if you would like to try your luck, we can arrange a hotel with a good reputation Casino. Or if you want to treat your waif and yourself to a great Massage and Spa treatment, we will arrange for this best relaxing hotel with friendly and helpful staff. If you are driving down and want to spend a night or two in a couple hotels along the way we can help arrange that itinerary with some well-established hotels that we have stayed and recommend. Here are a few hotels we recommend in San Jose. Moderately Priced; Hotel Irazu, Courtyard Marriott Escazu, Wyndham Herradura. High End; The famous, Grano de Oro, The Residence Inn Escazu, on the exclusive Avenida Escazu, Intercontinental, at Multi Plaza Mall. If you would like to be in the city or mountains, or near mall or restaurants, let us know and we will find that perfect hotel just right for you!!!
2 Once you arrive in Puerto Jimenez,
Once you have boarded your plane in San Jose that takes you on your very scenic 50 min (best photo opportunities around 40 min into the flight) flight down south you will arrive in Puerto Jimenez. You should be able to get your first glimpses of a Toucan or some Scarlett Macaws flying overhead within the first 10 mins of arrival. If you have a rental car pre-arranged with us, we’ll make sure someone from their office will be there to greet you at the airport. Or if you have made arrangements for our caretaker to meet you, he will pick you up and take you to the supermarket to buy food and supplies for your stay at the Villa. And if pre-arranged our caretaker can have the house stocked for you and then you can just drop by the grocery store and pick up some personal preference incidentals, like liquor and some cookies (Chickys are the best). This service costs $100 plus cost of food and supplies. Ask about the options.
Now that you have your supplies you are ready to embark on the last leg of the journey, from Puerto Jimenez to Matapalo, weather you just grab a local taxi, (just say Tres Palmas they all know where it is), or if you have rented a car, or have had our caretaker come pick you up. You will head south down the 245, you can’t miss it; it’s the only road that goes south out of Puerto Jimenez, that heads to Matapalo. It is a 13 kilometer drive, 8 miles or so on a very scenic road that takes you along coast with mountains on one side, tree lined road branching together, just a really nice ride, even though it gets bumpy at times your mind will be on the sights and thoughts of the adventures to come.. And once you get close and reach Matapalo, you will see more and more birds flying overhead and possibly some monkeys in the trees, keep your eyes peeled. Once you reach some jungle canopy overhead you will reach a hill at the entrance to Matapalo beach, you will go up (do not go in the entrance to the beach) head up, put the car in 4×4 now and slowing start the climb the hill, monkeys should abound by now. Around the first bend you will past an entrance on the right to Lapa Rios, keep going straight, you will pass another entrance to a private residence on the left, and then the next entrance on the left is ours. There is a covered gate with an electric opener; the code is supplied with the rental documents. Enter the gate follow the road, there are a couple steep areas, so put the car in lowest gear and let the car crawl down slowly and no problem. You will see a sign that says Tres Palmas go straight and follow the entrance to passed a garage on the left and continue around to the main house and you are there. You are now getting your first glimpse of the massive Rancho roof on the main house. Pull into the carport and our staff will be awaiting your arrival. Click here for complete driving directions from San Jose, thru the mountains or along the coast.
3 Arrival to the Villa,
Congratulations you have made it, Welcome to Paradise!!!
Tres Palmas is truly exceptional. For those who care about these things, the quality of the construction, the finishes, and landscaping of this property were absolutely first-class. We spent a good deal of time admiring the enormous thatched roof and never ascended or descended the driveway on foot or by vehicle without shaking our heads in wonder that someone constructed that acutely steep path. Nota bene: do not rent an undersized vehicle — follow the guidelines outlined on the website, you’ll be very glad you did.
There’s so much more to tell you, but honestly, Tres Palmas was such a wonderful experience I almost hate to share it. You will not be disappointed.
This was our 2nd time in Costa Rica; Osa was a new area for us and we are so glad we chose Tres Palmas in every single way. Our entrance to the villa was breathtaking and truly spectacular. The profusion of flowers, the incredible view, the design and the layout was perfect for our group of 12: Ron and I (parents and grandparents) daughter Lara and her husband and 2 teenage girls, son Jere and his son and daughter, Zach and his son and daughter (kid’s ages 4 to 17). It was easy to select the perfect room for us. We really loved all the cozy areas in the large rotunda to appeal to any given constellation of people for games, coloring, reading, napping. The kids loved the pool, there were always fresh towels stacked up for us, we had room on a shelf and the fridge for our groceries and the kitchen was always neat and clean.
Thank you so so much! Ginny & Ron
The place is very likely THE best place to stay when you are visiting the Osa Peninsula. It is pricey but well worth the money. The view from the property over the Dulce Gulf toward Panama is outstanding. The primary house structure is one of a kind, an architectural marvel, made, seemingly, without a single nail. You can observe animal life right from the house; the place is the one the birdwatchers will die for. Have about a dozen scarlet macaws, few toucans and aracaris, curassows, small parrots, caracaras, white hawks and couple more birds in a view simultaneously is a fantastic experience.
Our stay at Tres Palmas was too short ..next time we will stay a week!
The photos don’t do this house justice..it is a stunner and the staff were wonderful. This was our 4th visit to the Matapalo area and by far the best.
I have never seen so many toucans which are my favourite of all birds.
Thank You Brad and George we had a wonderful stay.