Take the new road via the coast (via Allujela, Jaco, Quepos) south towards Dominical. DIRECTIONS FROM DOMINICAL, take the coast highway (la costanera) south about 15-20 minutes.
Shortly after milestone 159 (milestones are located on the costanera on the
right hand side), you will cross a bridge. Once you crossed the bridge, you will see a little pink house on the left side, and a stone gate to Jardines del
Morette on the right side. Be careful: there are two entrances to Jardines del Morette. You will have to take the first one after the bridge, coming from
Dominical. Be sure to turn left into the entrance way only if there is no heavy traffic behind you (see our blog for driving tipps in Costa Rica),
otherwise stop on the right side of the road until cars have passed and
road is free.
Now, simply turn into the entrance. The property is located
in Jardines del Morette. Follow the road for about 300 meters. You will see a green wooden house. Just before the green house, turn left until you arrive at a wooden gate.
Welcome, you have arrived at
the Casa Verde!
Warning: Be careful! On certain days, usually Sundays - they close the highway from Allujela to the coast to allow only one-way traffic back to San Jose. Make sure to watch out for this, and do not get on the highway if it appears to be closed. They block it with trucks or big rocks!
Try to avoid driving at night simple because the streets are not very well lit (if at all), and markings are also poorly done (if at all). Driving at night is especially dangerous in rainy season!
When turning left or right crossing the street, be especially careful as turning signals in Costa Rica often signify “it’s safe to pass”, which can result in catastrophic situations as they may just crash full on into your car while you are trying to take the turn! If you need to turn and cross the street while there are cars or trucks behind you, simple halt at the side of the street until the other cars have passed, then take the turn.
In general, we recommend renting a 4WD drive in Costa Rica. Do not try to drive on 4WD roads with 2WD vehicles. There is nothing adventurous about it but plainly dangerous. When you go uphill with a 4WD, make sure your wheels are locked. Most cars have buttons to lock wheels automatically but other cars will need manual locking. When you are going downhill, make sure to unlock your wheels.
Author: Simone Schaerf
I first came to Costa Rica in 1998. I fell in love with the country right away for so many reasons. I have been coming, living and unfortunately never staying off and on since.