Are you traveling in Costa Rica and want to visit the Pacific Coast? In this article you’ll find all the information on how to get from San Jose to Dominical (SHUTTLE) and the nearby towns of Uvita (SHUTTLE) and Palmar Norte by bus and transportation. Uvita
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How to get from San José to Uvita, Dominical & Palmar Norte
If you are planning a trip to Costa Rica (👉COSTA RICA GUIDE), you should know that it is a country characterized by the beauty of its beaches, mountains, volcanoes and the diversity of its wildlife.
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How to get TO UVITA & DOMINICAL from San JOsé by SHUTTLE
If you’re planning a visit to the Pacific Coast from San Jose, the quickest and most comfortable way to reach Uvita (SHUTTLE) and Dominical (SHUTTLE) is by booking a private transfer. This is particularly vital in the case of Uvita since taking the bus drops you off at a considerable distance from the hotel area of the beach.
Covering a distance of 220 km, the journey can be completed in approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes, ensuring that you arrive at the door of your reserved hotel feeling rested and relaxed.
How to get TO UVITA & DOMINICAL from San JOsé by bus
The adventure starts at the Tracopa bus terminal in San Jose. From there, you can take a bus that stops at various points along the Pacific coast, such as Matapalo (tell the driver to stop at the entrance of the town), Dominical, Uvita, and Palmar Norte (in case you’re headed to Bahia Drake). The buses are really comfortable and are prepared for long journeys.
If you feel like snacking, there are usually vendors who get on at some stops to offer their products: fried plantains, pork rinds, churros (yes, traditional churros). In addition, there is a 15-minute stop near Lagunillas, where there are stalls offering a bit of everything: sweets, fruit, potato chips, empanadas, skewers, complete dishes, etc.
The ticket is purchased at the ticket office. It cost me 6290 CRC to go to Matapalo, a small town before Dominical. Keep in mind that the price of the ticket varies; I took the 12 o’clock one, but the 11 o’clock one was a little over 8000 CRC.
The scenery is beautiful, very green, and you can see palm plantations, which is why it’s better to sit in the front, so you can enjoy a nice panoramic view.
Tours in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a country with a wide variety of fauna and nature. You can visit volcanoes, national parks, towering waterfalls, sunbathe at the beach, go kayaking,…
There are different TOURS and ACTIVITIES that you can do during your trip, so you can make the most of your stay:
Useful stuff for your trip to Costa Rica
Below, you will find some products that will be very useful during your trip to Costa Rica.
In addition, the options that I recommend are committed to the environment/social causes and are vegan.
Carrying a waterproof windbreaker in your suitcase is essential in case temperatures drop, it rains unexpectedly, or to go hiking.
When traveling, it’s important to choose a jacket that is lightweight, takes up little space and that you can use in different situations; that is to say, that transpires, is waterproof and has a hood to protect you properly from bad weather.
Gopro 11 Black
The GOPRO 11 (👉 PRICE) is a great choice if you are visiting natural areas, practicing adventure sports or want to make videos underwater, e.g. while scuba diving or snorkeling.
In addition, with its stabilization and Horizon Lock function, it will allow you to make incredibly stable videos even in adverse situations (such as walking, running or riding a motorcycle). In addition, it comes with an amazing 5.3k image quality.
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3-in-1 hiking shoes
These La Sportiva shoes are designed to run in the mountains, thanks to this you can use them for hiking, go out to run and do tourism ; saving space in your suitcase.
They are made with goretex, which means they protect you from the inclement weather weather (such as rain, ice or cold) and are adherent to the ground. This makes them ideal for traveling due to their versatility.
Is Costa Rica SAFE to Travel?
Costa Rica is a moderately dangerous country, where nothing should happen to you if you go carefully and take precautions. Remember to follow these recommendations:
- In case of robbery, do not resist physically.
- Do not show a high purchasing power, that is, do not go with jewels, bags, etc … that are expensive.
- Be careful if you go out at night, and stay in crowded places where you are surrounded by other people.
- Thefts are usual, so don’t go with the camera or mobile in your hand or hang out of your neck.
- Try to avoid carrying the backpack on the back. Put it in front of you, or use a belt pouch or a cross bag.
Personally, I spent 3 months traveling alone in Costa Rica (I visited San José, Puerto Viejo, Tortuguero, Dominical, Uvita, Bay Drake and Puerto Jiménez) and I did not find myself in any really serious situation.
Going down the street with the camera, several Costa Rican people approached and warned me that they were carefully with robberies, since they told me that they are very frequent.
In my case, during the trip they tried to steal 2 times and, luckily, I realized on time and I could avoid it. In any case, it is always a good idea to have travel insurance (👉5% discount) that can compensate you financially and help you if a medical emergency occurs.
If you are interested in traveling alone, I recommend this article about the reasons and benefits of traveling alone and this other article with tips for traveling alone being a woman. I encourage you to try it since it is a great and very profitable experience for oneself.
Eating VEGAN in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is not a country faced with vegan food. Anyway, they have some traditional dishes that are vegan or that you can ask without egg or sauces such as the pico of rooster (rice with beans for breakfast), black bean soup or rice with vegetables.
You should always ask if the purés or soups are made with some type of dairy product or meat broth, since at first glance they might seem vegan dishes but not be.
In San José you can find some vegan restaurants, but when you leave the capital the offer is very limited or non -existent. Next, I make three recommendations and in this link you can read tips to travel vegan.
- Try to stay in hotels that are characterized by cooking vegan and vegetarian dishes. This is the best option and the most practical for not having to be looking for places where to eat comfortable without always repeating the same dishes.
- Before going on a tour that includes a meal, always mention that you are vegan or vegetarian, so that they can adapt the food.
- Costa Rica is a country where you can find a variety of fresh products (fruits and vegetables) to prepare salads and breakfast with fruits. In any city or town, you will easily find some supermarket or stalls on the street where you can buy groceries.