The Location

Punta Dakota’s location is on the mid-southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

The nearest town is San Francisco and the nearest resort is Caleta’s, a five star boutique hotel that has great service, food and a spa. The area, while still remote is known for it’s beautiful beaches, soaring green mountains and wonderful people.

Approximately 2 ½ hours from the provincial capital of Liberia and 3 hours (by ferry) from San Jose, this wonderful area is still being discovered by tourists and vacationers alike. Well known to the surfing community and native Costa Rica inland dwellers, it is slowly becoming a real gem for Costa Rica vacations and adventures.

Come see the location at Google Earth! The property is located only 150 yards from Playa de Coyote. At low tide you can stroll across the river and have access to over 13 miles of beach from Playa del Oro to Playa San Miguel. A short drive (five minutes) to the south will put you on the south end of Playa de Coyote or the north end of Playa Caleta.

How to Get to Punta Dakota

Drive from Liberia Airport
Costa Rica MonkeyClick here to download driving directions map (PDF)

Bring along a map or rent a GPS (type in San Miguel or San Francisco – either will get you in the area); you can usually get one from the rental car agency. Leaving the airport, turn right onto the main highway (RT 21).

Follow 21 all the way to JICARAL. Turn onto RT 163 at JICARAL and follow RT 163 to San Francisco.  Drive through San Francisco another 5 kilometers to Punta Dakota.

Further directions are provided on the map using the link above.

Welcome Home to Punta Dakota!

Drive from San José, Alejuela, or SJO International Airport via the Bridge
Costa Rica ParrotLeave the city on route 1, the Central American Highway. This is the same road that connects the airport in Alejuela to the city of San José. Pass the airport, following signs to Guanacaste, Nicaragua, Liberia, or San Ramon. After about 2 hours on this road (depending on traffic) you will come to an intersection with signs for Nicoya and the “Taiwan Friendship Bridge” (Puente de Amistad Taiwan). This is a left turn (Note: there is a shell gas station on the corner). Should you miss this turn and find yourself in Liberia, you make a left at the one and only traffic light, and stay on that road until you get to JICARAL, at which point you can continue as directed above. If you make the turn for the bridge, stay on this road for about 40 minutes. Cross the bridge until you end up at a “T” intersection marked RT 21. Turn left and go straight down this road to JICARAL.

Turn onto RT 163 at JICARAL and follow RT 163 to San Francisco.  Drive through San Francisco another 5 kilometers to Punta Dakota.

Further directions are provided on the map using the link above.

Welcome Home to Punta Dakota!

Drive from San José and Airport (SJO) via the Ferry
Costa Rica ButterflyUpon leaving the Airport, follow signs for San Ramon, Guanacaste, or Nicaragua. The highway will be 4 lanes for quite a while, but will narrow to two lanes to go over a bridge. This will also occur right near the airport, so pay attention. After the road narrows for the second time, start looking for an exit with a sign for ATENAS. At the end of the exit ramp turn left. You will cross a river with a dam across it, and then you will go UP for a long time. Go straight through ATENAS to the top of the mountain, and down the other side. At the bottom of the mountain, you will enter a small town where you will come to a sign that says UNA VIA )One Way) or NO ENTRA (Don’t enter). Here, turn right. After a block turn left again and follow signs for OROTINA. Go through OROTINA and look for your turn to CALDERA. (Note: the turn to Caldera is directly after Orotina, don’t miss it).

Once on the road to CALDERA, look for signs to PUNTARENAS. The turn to Puntarenas is a cloverleaf sort of thing, where you peal off to the right, and go under an overpass. Just stay on this road until it ends and then turn right. Follow the waterfront along to the ferry dock. There are several ferries that leave from here, and you should ask which is the correct line. You are looking for the PLAYA NARANJO FERRY. (Note: Do not leave your car unattended and if you do make sure it is LOCKED.) Usually the ticket for the ferry cannot be purchased until the boat docks, and the sales person disembarks. You will have to buy a ticket for the car (liviano) and a cheaper ticket for each person (except the driver who is considered part of the car). Only the driver may ride in the car when boarding the ferry. Passengers must walk on.

The ferry ride takes about an hour and fifteen minutes. Once on the other side you drive straight up the hill until the road comes to a “T” intersection. Turn right and go to JICARAL. You will see a big church at the first intersection. Turn left, AFTER you go another block and fill up with gas. (Note: It is important to fuel up here or Puntarenas before the ferry. There will be no more gas stations for a long time). Return to the aforementioned intersection and turn right (since you are coming from the other direction). The pavement will soon turn into a dirt road as you ascend a fairly steep incline. You have one and a half hours to go. Eventually, you will come to a stop sign. Turn left. When you come into SAN FRANCISCO go straight following the signs to Caletas. There will be another T intersection just beyond a bridge. Go right. Just before the entrance to Caletas bear left and Punta Dakota is the first property on the right.

Welcome Home to Punta Dakota!

Fly Into Punta Islita Airport
Costa Rica FlowerThere are two international airports in Costa Rica, one in Liberia (3 hours’ drive away) and the other in San Jose (5 hours’ drive away). However, there are two local airlines (Nature Air: and Sansa Regional: that fly into many small airstrips around our area. At the time of this writing, here is the Nature Air website link to book a ticket, and here is the Sansa Air link.

Punta Islita is the closest and is only a 25 min drive to Punta Dakota.

We can arrange to have a rental car waiting for you.

Driving Tips
  • “Dónde está Playa Caletas?” (Doan-day es-ta Playa Ca-let-us) is how you ask for directions to the area in Spanish.
  • Remember to pay close attention to the road, as is common for it to be in bad repair and there maybe dangerous, car-eating holes in the pavement.
  • Radar speed traps are along the paved portions.
  • Seat belts are mandatory. It is best to comply at least until you leave the pavement.
  • A vehicle with 4×4 is recommended when traveling throughout Costa Rica, and especially important during the rainy season.
  • Do not pick up “stranded” people along the way (i.e.: flat tire) as this has been used to rob tourists.
  • Be considerate when driving through towns. Please slow down as many children play out in the streets.
  • A stick standing in the road with a flag or a plastic bag flying from it indicates a dangerous pot hole or if on the side of the road a dangerous wash out area. Be cautious!

Please contact us today.

We have incentives in place to come visit!


(1-855-9DAKOTA) toll-free for more details.

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