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The Bass-ics of Bamboo Bass 2018: 7 Tips for Returning to Jaco, PR

Hola, orta vez! It’s getting down to crunch time with Bamboo Bass Festival now less than a week away, but there’s a lot more to prep than just your flight and accommodations. It’s time to start planning out some of the fine details for the trip to Jaco.

With last year’s festival under our belt, we’re excited to return to the jungle with some much needed experience! Last year was our first trip to Costa Rica, and it’s definitely a welcomed change from what most of us are used to in the PNW. But, traveling to other countries can sometimes be a bit intimidating, especially if you don’t know the language or your way around. Thankfully DMNW has your back!

From everything you need to know about getting to Bamboo Bass to the basics about traveling in Costa Rica, this guide should help your experience in paradise be the absolute best it can be! So, keep reading on to find out some helpful tips during your visit to the Rich Coast.

Posters never lie.

How to Get to Jaco

Accessible by vehicle via the Costanera Sur Highway 34 (or Route 34), Jaco is roughly a 90-minute drive from the Juan Santamaría International Airport and about two hours south west of the capital, San Jose. Your options for getting into Jaco include renting a car, taking a bus, or ideally booking yourself on the shuttle, which takes you from the airport directly to your accommodations within Jaco. The airport has a reputation of being hectic, so make sure you come prepared! It’s a busy place and the lines can be long, so once you’re through customs, relax at the cafe outside with a bite to eat and a couple cervezas.

If you’re planning to rent a car, the internet or the airport can get you on your way. Keep in mind Costa Rica has one of the highest accident ratings of the Americas and driving is a lot more intense than you’d think, so be safe. Remember you may also be a target for petty theft, which is common from all vehicles, but especially rentals. Lock your doors and keep your valuables hidden to help reduce the threat, as many crimes happen out of opportunity.

If you choose to take a bus, hail one of the red/burgundy colored taxis and pay the $25 USD cab ride to the 7-10 bus terminal in San Jose. There, you can catch a $5 USD bus that will take you to Jaco in about 3-4 hours. Should you choose this option, plan accordingly because while the transit system in Costa Rica is generally safe, it can be unreliable at times.

Look for red taxis with a yellow triangle. Cab driver included!