Iguana Lodge

Iguana Lodge | Where we are and how to get here.

Iguana Lodge is on the Osa Peninsula in southwestern Costa Rica.

  • Fly or drive from San Jose (the capital) or Liberia.
  • Boat in from Golfito.
  • If coming up from Panama, your best route may be via David/Golfito.
  • Iguana Lodge has an excellent staff to help arrange and consult with you regarding your travel.  Contact Us.

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Flights to Iguana Lodge

  • You will fly to Puerto Jimenez (PJO)  
  • International flights are either to San Jose (SJO – Juan Santamaria International Airport – or Liberia (LIR – Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport).
  • There is now only one local Airline: Sansa. Nature Air is at present no longer offer flights in Costa Rica.
  • Charter flights are also available. 
  • Our office is more than happy to help you book local flights. Contact us. 

FYI – In San Jose – Sansa’s terminal is outside the main terminal to the west- with easy access (check-in is an hour ahead of time). 


  • The drive takes six to eight hours from San Jose
  • Longer than you think. Costa Rica is beautiful and driving to Iguana Lodge is a fun way to see the country if you aren’t in a hurry and are up for an adventure. San Jose is only about 200 miles from the Osa Peninsula, however, depending upon the route, the ingenuity and skill of your driver (not to mention your navigator), and happenstance, it may take even longer than you think.
  • We highly recommend you do not drive at night, as the roads are neither well lit nor in great condition.
  • Our staff is happy to help you get here.  They know the routes, can send you maps and even set up your rental car.  Contact Us.

Busing it?

  • The bus ride takes approximately nine hours, and costs approximately $8 per person each way.
  • Recommended only for the “hearty traveler.”  
  • Watch your bags.
  • The bus line is Transportes Blanco Lobo 
  • There is daily bus service leaving from San Jose (Barrio Mexico) to Puerto Jimenez. And visa versa.
  • Schedules vary based on season.  There is generally two buses trip a day one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
  • Many of our staff use the bus system and know the schedule well.  They are more than happy to help you.  Contact Us.

Passenger Ferries From Golfito

  • Passenger ferry boats depart from Golfito to Puerto Jimenez several times a day (and vice versa).
  • There is no car ferry 
  • Schedules vary on ferry and season.
  • Most ferries are about 40 minutes and cost less than $10.00.
  • The last one of the day is around 3 PM.  
  • Should you miss the ferry or not want to wait, you can hire a local boat driver to bring you over to Puerto Jimenez for around $80. This a negotiated price so it may vary.
  • Our staff uses the ferry a lot.  They know the current schedule and can help you coordinate with the ferry schedule.  Contact Us.

Coming from South America or Africa?

You probably will need a Yellow Fever shot to get into Costa Rica – depending upon which countries you have been visiting.  The same applies to various African countries.


  • Taxis from Puerto Jimenez to Iguana Lodge are approximately $10.
  • If you have arranged your own travel to Puerto Jimenez, we are happy meet you in town.  Just let us know your arrival details. Contact Us.

The casitas were kept clean and fresh each day, and the staff were all friendly and helpful. We could not have asked for a lovelier place to explore the Osa Peninsula.

stone_1968 Ketchum, Idaho "Iguana Lodge, Costa Rica" TripAdvisor March 31, 2016 April 11, 2016