The Envision Team strongly recommends taking our three hour Envision Shuttle ride from SJO to the venue. It’s the safest and most hassle free way to get here! Envision will be operating its own daily shuttles before, during, and after the event – make friends on the trip down!
There are taxis available outside of the airport, make sure to use the taxis with an official yellow triangle. These are the official taxis of Costa Rica. They will accept U.S. dollars (nothing over $50 USD) or Costa Rican colones. Most of the taxi drivers speak a little bit of English, but it would be smart to study up on (at least) basic Spanish for directions and travel. Duolingo is a great app for that.
From San José head west to Jaco and then south along the coast to Uvita. We strongly recommend renting a GPS with your vehicle. Very few Costa Rican roads have names and it’s very easy to get lost. Smartphone Apps WAZE or Google Maps are also good resources if you plan on having a 3g phone while you’re here. From the airport search from Juan Santamaria Airport Alajuela to Uvita, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Envision will be clearly marked from the road about 2km north of Uvita.
Please note that although 4 wheel drive is not needed to get to the festival venue, it is needed for many rental houses and hotels, and we highly recommend 4 wheel drive and FULL insurance coverage if you plan to explore the Southern Zone. Also note that most Car Rental Quotes that you find online do not include even the mandatory insurance coverage and they will force you to buy this before handing you the keys.
You may also take a TRACOPA bus from San José Central to Paso Canoas and get off in Uvita, where they stop for a few minutes. This ride takes 4 hours, not including the transfer from the airport to the TRACOPA station in the city center (can be arranged by taxi or Uber). TRACOPA buses stopping in Uvita leave San Jose Center at 7:30 am, 10:15 am, 11 am, 12 noon, and 4:30 pm. The average cost is around $15 (not including the taxi fare from the airport to the bus station)