Costa Rica

Playa Naranjo Ferry from RdM

Planning your trip to Costa Rica

What are the directions from San José Airport:

It’s a toll highway, so you’ll need 2,500 colones (about $5). Get some at the airport. (CEDA means yield.)

Get on the airport access road, across from the terminal. If you rent a car, you’ll probably be shuttled away from the airport towards San Jose as few rental companies have cars at the airport. If you do leave the airport, it’ll be on the Pan-American Highway. You’ll need to head back on it. When you do, stay in the left lane and take the airport exit.
 
When you’re on the airport access road, follow it until you are almost all the way to the end. Turn right on the very last road before the turnaround. If you miss it, you’ll loop back towards the airport and can try it again.
 
Now you’ll be on a frontage/access road that parallels the highway. You’ll come up a hill and join a main road in a small town. Keep going straight for about 3 miles as you wind through towns and neighborhoods. The road eventually makes a long turn to the left. You’ll pass a park with a playground on the left, while another main road forms a T-intersection. Turn right. 

Follow this road for about 2 miles until it ends at a traffic circle. Exit the circle to Highway 27 to Orotina and Puntarenas.


Follow the highway to Puntarenas.  After you get to Caldera, you’ll drive along the ocean on a long beach. Continue towards Liberia until you see the turn off for Puntarenas. The sign is hidden behind a tree and not visible until the last moment. If you think you passed it, go another 1½ miles to the Maxi Bodega store and gas station on your left, turn in there and then head back to the Puntarenas turnoff.

Follow the Puntarenas Road for about 6 miles. You’ll pass a Shell station, the stadium, the museum and, finally, you’ll see signs on your right for the ferries.
 
Turn right at the sign for the ferry to Playa Naranjo, follow the street to the end, then turn left. This is a very small street along the back of the waterfront. If cars are lined up on the right side, join them. Otherwise, continue to the stop sign at the intersection where the ferries are on the right side and park.


The Puntarenas to Playa Naranjo ferry

The ticket booth is across the street. The agent probably speaks no English. You want tickets for uno liviano (one vehicle), x adultos and y niños. Passengers must get out and walk on while the driver boards the ferry.

Buy tickets at the ticket booth, not from scalpers. Tickets are US $15 for one car with driver. Additional adult tickets cost US $1.70 each.

Ensure you’re getting on the Playa Naranjo ferry, not the Paquera ferry that leaves from the same terminal.

The ferry takes an hour and 15 minutes and departs at 6:30a, 10a, 2:30p and 7:30p. (Return ferries depart Playa Naranjo at 8a, 12:30p, 5:30p, and 9p)

Roma del Mar entrance

Roma del Mar is 10 minutes from the Playa Naranjo dock. We can meet you, or:

Take your first left and follow the signs for Roma del Mar. The road leads to the T-intersection just over the hill. Turn left toward Paquera, then left at the first crossroads (there’s a gas station on the right). The road turns to gravel right away. After 1½ miles there’s a village called Bajos Negros. Continue on this road another mile, going up the hill, then leveling off. You’ll see a smaller road to your left as the main road curves to the right. Take the smaller road. (where you see the signs for Playa Blanca and Villas Roma Del Mar)


Follow this road – you’ll pass a small school on the right. In 250 yards you’ll see an entrance with the sign and columns of Roma Del Mar on your left. Take this turn, follow the road as it goes up and after about half a mile you’ll see a bright red building on your right. That’s the Villas Roma del Mar Supermarket and reception. Go into the shop and they’ll give you your keys and show you the way to your villa.

Roma del Mar store and Reception

Google map link

What are the directions from San José Airport (bypassing the ferry):

It’s a toll highway, so you’ll need 2,500 colones (about $5). Get some at the airport.(CEDA means yield.)

Get on the airport access road, across from the terminal. If you rent a car, you’ll probably be shuttled away from the airport towards San Jose as few rental companies have cars at the airport. If you do leave the airport, it’ll be on the Pan-American Highway. You’ll need to head back on it. When you do, stay in the left lane and take the airport exit.
 
When you’re on the airport access road, follow it until you’re almost all the way to the end. Turn right on the very last road before the turnaround. If you miss it, you’ll loop back towards the airport and can try it again.
 
Now you’ll be on a frontage/access road that parallels the highway. You’ll come up a hill and join a main road in a small town. Keep going straight for about 3 miles as you wind through towns and neighborhoods. The road eventually makes a long turn to the left. You’ll pass a park with a playground on the left, while another main road forms a T-intersection. Turn right. 

Follow this road for about 2 miles until it ends at a traffic circle. Exit the circle to Highway 27 to Orotina and Puntarenas.
 
Follow the highway to Puntarenas.  After you get to Caldera, you’ll drive along the ocean on a long beach. Continue towards Liberia.

Follow the highway towards Liberia for 2–2.5 hours till you get to Las Juntas. The 1st landmark is a Total gas station on the right. In 5 minutes you’ll see a Delta gas station on the left and a sign reading “PUENTE De la AMISTAD TAIWAN” (Peace bridge from Taiwan.) Turn left here to Nicoya.

PUENTE De la AMISTAD TAIWAN

You’ll cross the bridge in about 15 minutes. Follow this road for another 30 minutes until you get to a T-intersection. Turn left towards Playa Naranjo. You’re now an hour away from Roma del Mar.

After 20-25 minutes on this road, turn left towards Playa Naranjo/Jicaral. (Don’t go straight, you’ll end up in Carmona.) Stay on this road for 20-25 minutes and you’ll get to Jicaral. There’s a church on the right side. It’s 25 minutes from Jicaral to Playa Naranjo.

In Playa Naranjo you’ll reach an intersection with a sign to the left “FERRY”. Continue straight toward Paquera/Playa Tambor. Here you’ll see the sign for Villas Roma del Mar and its supermarket.

The road is dirt. Travel 2-3 minutes, stay to your left and take a slight left turn when you see the signs for Playa Blanca and Villas Roma del Mar on your left.


Follow this road – you’ll pass a small school on the right. In 250 yards you’ll see an entrance with the sign and columns of Roma Del Mar on your left. Take this turn, follow the road as it goes up and after about half a mile you’ll see a bright red building on your right. That’s the Villas Roma del Mar Supermarket and reception. Go into the shop and they’ll give you your keys and show you the way to your villa.

Roma del Mar Store and Reception

What are the directions from Liberia Airport?

It’s a 2 hour drive south from the airport. Follow the signs for Highway 21 to Santa Cruz and Nicoya.

Right outside of Nicoya you’ll see a large supermarket Maxibodega on the left. This is a large discounter owned by Walmart. We recommend you stop here and get your groceries. When you’ve finished shopping, continue south on Highway 21 to Jicaral/ Playa Naranjo.

Roma del Mar entrance

It’s about 25 minutes from Jicaral to Playa Naranjo, half of it on a dirt road. When you get to Playa Naranjo you’ll see a gas station on the left. Continue straight towards Paquera. Turn left at the large sign for Playa Blanca and Villas Roma del Mar. After 200 yards turn left into the Roma del Mar entrance (with columns). Follow the road past the guard stand, keeping to the right. Our welcome and check-in center is at the end of the road on the beach.

Roma del Mar entrance

Google Map Link

Can you pick us up at the airport?

We offer airport transfers for Liberia Airport only.  The cost is US $115 each way.

Where is the property?

Map of Nicoya Peninsula

Villa #12 is in Roma del Mar, a private, gated residential community on the Gulf of Nicoya. There are 5 beaches within 1.2 miles of beachfront plus a jetty with floating dock. The Golf provides the best fishing spots as well as splendid opportunities for boat trips to its many islands including the famous white sand beach Isla Tortuga.

What’s the weather like?

Around 86° and not terribly humid.  Get up-to-date weather information here.

How far is the beach?

Roma del Mar private beach

The villas are in the Roma del Mar development, which has 5 beaches. Most villas are about 200 yards from the beach.

How far is it to the bank or grocery store?

The little town of Jicaral is 20 minutes away.  There’s a grocery store in the Roma del Mar complex.

You can also buy food and fuel in Puntarenas.

Where is the closest hospital?

The closet English speaking doctor and clinic is 20 minutes away in Jicaral; there are hospitals in Nicoya (1 hour drive) and Puntarenas (30 min by boat). Starting August 2010 we will have a clinic on Roma del Mar property where first aid supplies and some medication will be available to residents and renters under the supervision of doctors who also own homes in the development.

What else is in the area? Any local eateries?

There are some restaurants and little hotels close by, but everything is largely low-key. This area isn’t very touristy, which is how we like it.

Here’s Moon Travel Guide’s Best of the Nicoya Peninsula.

Is there surfing?

No. Occasionally it’s windy enough for windsurfing, but to really surf you want to go to Malpais/Santa Teresa (and many more areas), about 2 hours away.

What activities are offered at Roma del Mar?

Day Trip to Island of Tortuga on our 19′ Bayliner
Cost: US $200
Bring your own food and drinks.

Canopy Tour including horseback riding, zip line and lunch
Cost: $contact us for details

Horseback Riding
Cost: $contact us for details
All riders do so at their own risk.

Spa Treatments: Massage, Manicure or Pedicure in the comfort and privacy of your villa
Cost: Starting at US $30
Contact us to book in advance or book at check-in.

Can I anchor my boat at Roma del Mar?

Roma del Mar boat dock

Yes. We have buoys available as well as a jetty and a floating dock.

Can I get internet access

Yes, wireless, high-speed (2MB) access is available throughout the villa.

Does the villa have air conditioning?

Each bedroom has an air conditioning unit.

Where can I hire a cook, housekeeper or babysitter?

We can arrange these services at US $25 per day.  Our staff can clean your villa, watch your kids, cook your meals* or do a bit of all three.

*Our cooks are not chefs.  They cook common Costa Rican foods.  You buy all the ingredients and supplies.

Can you stock my villa with groceries?

Send us a grocery list of groceries and we’ll do the shopping for you.  You’ll be charged for the cost of the groceries plus a 10% service fee.

If you miss anything, there’s a supermarket in the Roma del Mar complex.

Roma del Mar store and reception