Getting to Luna Lodge

Luna Lodge is in Carate, a sparsely populated outpost literally at the end of the road on the far western side of the Osa Peninsula.  The natural beauty of this area is indescribable, with verdant ridges full of monkeys and scarlet macaws cascading down to a wide black sand beach with nothing but driftwood and coconut shells for miles on end.  This is also the primary entry point to Corcovado National Park.  An incredible array of flora and fauna, sandy beaches with tall palms bursting with coconuts and almond trees, emerald-turquoise waves peeling offshore, and the comfortable haven of our lodge nestled in the endless acres of wild jungle cascading down from the hills above await you.

Getting to Luna Lodge is part of the magical journey.  Arriving by air gives you amazing views of Costa Rica from above; arriving by car or bus allows you to see the many aspects of Costa Rica from the road.

When you are making your travel arrangements, please note that Costa Rica is Central Standard Time and does not observe daylight savings time.  If traveling by air, please allow ample time in-between flights.

 

There are typically three steps to arrive at Luna Lodge (all details provided below):

  1. Arrive in San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO International Airport)
  2. Arrive in Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica (the nearest town to Luna Lodge)
      • Domestic Airline (Sansa)
      • Rental Car
      • Bus
  3. Arrive at Luna Lodge
      • Private vehicle transfer from Puerto Jimenez direct to Luna Lodge that we can help arrange.
      • Local colectivo (mini-bus) from Puerto Jimenez to Carate Beach.
      • Direct charter flight to Carate Beach from San Jose International Airport.
      • For anyone arriving at Carate Beach, we will send a car down to pick you up upon arrival.

Private Domestic Charter Flights

San Jose direct to Carate airstrip (near Luna Lodge)

You can book through us a private charter plane directly to the Carate airstrip, located just 10 minutes by car from Luna Lodge, from either the San Jose International Airport (SJO) or the Tobías Bolanos Domestic Airport (30 minutes by car from the international airport) .  The flight from San Jose to Carate takes just under an hour.

Only small planes can land at the Carate airstrip. The private charter planes are usually a Cessna 206 aircraft.  Commercial domestic flights only fly to the Puerto Jimenez Regional Airport, which is located 2 hours by car from Luna Lodge.

If you choose to book through us a private charter plane, either one-way or round-trip, from San Jose to Carate, it is important to pay attention to the following restrictions:

  • Guests should travel light (this is important). Soft-sided luggage is recommended, not hard-case luggage, since they are easier to pack on the small plane.
  • It is recommended that the maximum weight for luggage per passenger is 30 pounds.
  • The maximum weight allowance of all passengers’ weight plus all their luggage, combined together, is 750 pounds.
  • The charter plane can fit a maximum of 4 passengers, depending on the weight of the passengers and luggage.

Pricing (as of 4/2021):

  • US$1150, one way, for the whole plane, from the Tobías Bolanos Domestic Airport.
  • US$1350, one way, for the whole plane, from the San Jose International Airport (SJO).

Booking Policies: The private charter plane must be fully paid, 30 days before the boarding time. 

Cancellation policies: If the private charter plane is cancelled at least 2 days before the scheduled flight, there is a 20% cancellation fee.  A cancellation 1 day before the scheduled flight has a 100% cancellation fee.

Contact us for more information: reservations@lunalodge.com

Domestic Commercial Flights

For commercial domestic travel from San Jose International Airport (SJO) we recommend flying to Puerto Jimenez via:

Upon arrival in Puerto Jimenez you can take a prearranged private car to take you directly to Luna Lodge (see Private Transfers below), use a private taxi, or ride the public transport (Colectivo – see below).
 

Transfers from Puerto Jimenez to Luna Lodge

  • Private Transfer from Puerto Jimenez: We can help you to arrange a private car almost any time and are normally air-conditioned.  US$125 per trip, up to 4 passengers.  (2 hours)  Contact us for more information: reservations@lunalodge.com
  • Colectivo public transport to Carate from Puerto Jimenez: Leaves from next to the bus terminal at 6:00am and 1:30pm on Mondays and Fridays.  We can pick you up in Carate when you arrive, just let us know which colectivo you plan to take.
    US$10 per person.  (2 hours)

Driving from San Jose to Luna Lodge

Renting a Car

You can get information about renting a vehicle at Luna Lodge’s sister hotel in San Jose here: Rent a Car San Jose

Driving Directions

The road between Puerto Jimenez and Luna Lodge is fairly rough, and minimally maintained. A 4-wheel-drive (4×4) vehicle is required.  You can only drive to Luna Lodge in a 4-wheel drive vehicle because you need to cross several rivers without a bridge and the last 2 km are pretty rough.  We highly recommend arriving at the Lodge before 5:00 pm as it’s very difficult to navigate the rough road in the dark.  Otherwise, we can help to arrange ground transportation for you.

We advise that you do not leave anything in the car unattended.

From San Jose to Luna Lodge: About an 8 hour trip.

  • From San Jose, follow the west coast highway south past a town called Palmar Norte.
  • Look for a Gas Station that says ‘Corcovado’.
  • Turn right and continue until you arrive in Puerto Jimenez.
  • From Puerto Jimenez there is only one road to Carate – continue through downtown until you get to the only gas station in town and take a right.
  • Follow the road out of town approximately two hours until you finally pass the Carate Airstrip on the left.  The road will then turn to the right, which will follow the river up to Luna Lodge (15 minutes).

From Puerto Jimenez to Luna Lodge  About a 2 hour trip. 

  • From Puerto Jimenez there is only one road to Carate – continue through downtown until you get to the only gas station in town and take a right.
  • Follow the road out of town approximately two hours until you finally pass the Carate Airstrip on the left.  The road will then turn to the right, which will follow the river up to Luna Lodge (15 minutes).

 

Bus from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez

A direct bus to Puerto Jimenez leaves San Jose at 8:00 am and 12:00 pm every day from San Jose and takes about 8 hours.  Once you arrive in Puerto Jimenez, you can either stay the night there, or take a private taxi directly to Luna Lodge.  See “Transfers from Puerto Jimenez to Luna Lodge” (above) for more information about getting to Luna Lodge from Puerto Jimenez.

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