Caño Negro is located in the northern region, in-between 25 kilometers from Los Chiles and 30 kilometers from Upala. The region is accessible all year by car or by bus.
Traveling by Bus
From San José to Caño Negro through Ciudad Quesada and Los Chiles:
Buses leave everyday from San José (Terminal 7-10) at 5:30am, 9:00am, 3:00pm and 5:00pm.
They stop in Ciudad Quesada on their way.
From San José to Caño Negro through Ciudad Quesada and Upala
Buses leave everyday from San José at 7:10 am.
They stop in Ciudad Quesada and Guatuso on their way.
From Ciudad Quesada to Caño Negro through Los Chiles
Buses leave every 2 hours, from 4:30 am to 10:00pm.
From Los Chiles or Upala to Caño Negro
Buses leave every day except Sunday from Chilsaca bus station, Los Chiles, at 5:00am, 12:00am and 3:00pm
Buses leave every day from Upala at 4:00am 12:00am and 4:00pm
Traveling by Car
From San José (Central Valley) to Caño Negro
Through Cañas-Ganacaste: starting your trip from the Central Valley, use the highway 27 to Caldera, then follow the signs to Barranca. In Barranca, change to Route 1/ Interamericana in the direction of Cañas. 5 Kilometers after Cañas turn right onto Route 6, which leads you to Upala. In Upala, leave the town in the direction of Guatuso. You will cross an Iron Bridge and approximately 8km later, turn left (north) next to an orange hardware store. Now you just have to follow the road 25km into Caño Negro.
Through Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí: Leave San José on Route 32. Follow the Route approximately 50km. Shortly after Las Minas, turn left at ‘Restaurante Rancho Robertos’ on Route 4. Follow route 4 for 80km, going through Puerto Viejo Sarapiquí. In Muelle de San Carlos, turn right onto Route 35. Follow the route for 65 kilometers and 3 kilometers after el Parque turn left. Now just follow the road 25km into Caño Negro.
Through Sarchí, San Ramón or Naranjo: Leave the city on highway 1 / Interamericano following the signs to Ciudad Quesada. After 42km turn right onto Route 141. Follow this route for 50km, through Ciudad Quesada. In Florencia, 9km after Ciudad Quesada, turn right onto Route 35. Follow this route for 65 kilometers. 3 kilometers after passing el Parque turn left and follow this Route 25km into Caño Negro.
From Arenal to Caño Negro
Starting from La Fortuna, take Route 4 out of the city, following signs to Muelle de San Carlos or Los Chiles. At Tanque, turn left onto Route 4 and follow the route for 13km. In Muelle de San Carlos (wide intersection with gas station), turn left again onto Route 35 towards Los Chiles. Follow the route for 65km and shortly after passing el Parque turn left and drive 25km into Caño Negro.
From Guanacaste to Caño Negro
Southern Guanacaste (from the south of the peninsula to Tamarindo): Take the highway 18, going over Río Tempisque bridge. 27 kilometers after the bridge turn north on the Pan-American Highway/ Route 1. Follow the Route for 28 kilometers, going through Cañas. 7 kilometers after Cañas, turn right onto Route 6. Follow the route for 60 kilometers, going through Upala. In Upala, change to Route 4 and cross the metal bridge going to Colonia de Puntarenas. Continue 9 kilometers and take the highway to the left to Caño Negro.
Northern Guanacaste (from Tamarindo north): Go east to Liberia and then travel south until you get to the Upala intersection, then follow the directions given above.