The drive from Costa Rica’s San Jose International Airport (Juan Santamaria International Airport) to Playa Dominical will take about 3 hours on the new, fully paved Caldera Highway. Before heading in the direction of Playa Dominical, exchange at least $5 US dollars into Costa Rican colones to pay the highway tolls. Ask the rental car agent to send you off in the right driving direction, which should be west on Route 1, past the San Jose airport. Drive defensively and be aware that the two lanes highway often merges into a single lane; “CEDA” means “Yield”.
Note: The first 13 km of the new Caldera Highway is the same road as the “old” route to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. GPS devices may or may not be updated and may still provide directions via the “old” route.