What is the best way to get to the Sloth Sanctuary?

How to get to the Sloth Sanctuary from SAN JOSE by car.

If you rent a car, ask your car rental agent to highlight the route from the agency office through San Jose to Highway 32 to the Caribbean (Limon). If you become hopelessly lost – and getting out of San Jose can be a real challenge!! – ask a taxi driver to guide you to the entrance to Highway 32 and offer him $5. Once you are on the highway, follow the big green and white road signs to Limon, Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, Sixaola, etc. The Sloth Sanctuary is approximately 31 kilometers south of Limon. Driving time is approximately 4 hours without stops. Just before our gate you will see two bus stops, one on either side of the road, with SLOTH CROSSING signs; a beautiful portrait of Buttercup announces your arrival to the SLOTH SANCTUARY and B&B HOTEL on the left hand side of the road. The metal gate is light green.

How to get to the Sloth Sanctuary from CAHUITA, PUERTO VIEJO AND POINTS SOUTH

Driving north we are one kilometer north of the Estrella River Bridge (the only two-lane iron-girdered overhead bridge) on the right hand side. From Puerto Viejo – 35 kilometers; from Cahuita – 11 kilometers

How can I get to the Sloth Sanctuary by bus from San Jose?

You can get the bus from San Jose via the bus to Sixaola Panama. The bus goes all the way to the border and does not pick up passengers along the way. Ask the driver to drop you off in front of the Sanctuary gates. We do not know the current cost or bus schedule. Please research this on the internet. You can not get back to San Jose this way.

How can I get to the Sloth Sanctuary by bus for Chahuita, Puerto Viejo or Limon?

There is a local bus that runs between Limon, Cahuita and Puerto Viejo. There is a bus stop directly in front of the Sloth Sanctuary. Tell the bus driver to let you off at our gate. If you are coming for a tour please give yourself plenty of time to get here. We request that you arrive 15 minutes before tours begin.

How can I get to the Sloth Sanctuary via private transport?

We suggest that you use EasyRide or Interbus. Both companies will pick you up at the airport or hotels in an around the San Jose area. You must reserve this service ahead of time. Please contact them for prices and reservations.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

yvette haynes November 26, 2013 at 7:00 pm

question, what is the most common town visitors stay at?
Where is the nearest airport?
What town would we fly to?
would love to bring our teen daughter who adores sloths


Sloth December 1, 2013 at 11:33 am

People stay at the Sloth Sanctuary in our B&B as well as nearby towns of Cahuita and Puerto Viejo. the closest airport is in San Jose. We are a 4 hour drive from the airport.


Margaret Ixer-Pitfield February 2, 2014 at 6:58 am

I have been glued to your programme on TV and have since viewed your Sanctuary on google…. Absolutely amazing – Very well done guys, I would love to visit!!!

Kind Regards

Margaret Ixer-Pitfield


Patty February 18, 2014 at 7:07 pm

We are staying in Tulemar. How far are you from us? We are thinking of visiting.

Thank you,

Patty Esnard


beth February 24, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Hi, im from England and I dont think there ia any sloths here at all, im looking to take my mum for a trip to the sloth sanctuary, are people actually allowed too see the sloths or ia it private? Thanks.


Annette Cesario March 26, 2014 at 8:02 am

My family is staying in Guantecaste and would love to visit your sanctuary. What transportation would you suggest for a family of five? Thank you.


Sloth April 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Interbus or Easyride Costa Rica is your best transportation if you are not renting a car.


Lori Ugolik April 20, 2014 at 12:21 pm

I have a rental care and will be coming from RIU in Guanacaste. How far are you from there? If I rent a GPS will it help? Can I tour the sanctuary?


Sloth April 26, 2014 at 8:01 am

We are 7 hours from Guanacaste. A GPS is a great device that will surely help you got to us. We have 2 tours listed on our website. Please visit the tour page on this website for more information.


Jillian June 9, 2014 at 8:58 am

Are there any companies doing tours of Costa Rica which routinely offer a visit to the Sloth Sanctuary as part of their tour?
One company (“On the Go”) do advertise it as an option, but when I contacted them about some questions they were not very helpful, which made me think they may not be a good company to use. Please will you tell me if there are any other companies that come there?
thankyou, Jillian


Sloth June 18, 2014 at 4:32 pm

We do not have a tour company that we work with. You can book a tour through us or visit the Sloth Sanctuary Tuesday through Sunday. Buttercup tours do not require a reservation.


Jo June 16, 2014 at 5:22 pm

We will be staying in Cahuita, will take a bus to see the sanctuary and go on the buttercup tour, but would then like to head straight back to San Jose. What’s the best way of getting from you back to San Jose?


Sloth June 18, 2014 at 4:30 pm

They will help you with getting the bus at the Sloth Sanctuary.


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