Getting there & away
A bus to Neily leaves from the pulpería near the dock at 5:30am (US$1.50, three hours). The bus for Golfito leaves at 5am for the three-hour trip, with a ferry transfer at the Río Coto Colorado. Service is erratic in the wet season, so inquire before setting out.
It’s possible to drive to Golfito by taking the road south of Río Claro for about 10km. Turn left at the Rodeo Bar and go another 10km to the Río Coto Colorado ferry, which carries three vehicles (per car US$1.20) and runs all day except during the lowest tides. From there, 30km of dirt road gets you to Golfito. To get to Pavones, take a right at the first major intersection, instead of a left. A 4WD is necessary in the rainy season.
The boat dock is near the north end of the beach on the inland, estuary side (3km from Oasis on the Beach, at the opposite end of town). A water taxi to Golfito departs from this dock at 7am, returning at noon, Monday through Saturday. Zancudo Boat Tours (776 0012; www.loscocos.com) at Cabinas Los Cocos can provide private taxi-boat service to and from Puerto Jiménez (per person US$15, four person minimum) and Golfito (US$12.50, two person minimum).