caldera highwayby TCRN Staff

The San Jose to Caldera highway, that was first designed more than 30 years ago, is set to be inaugurated tomorrow morning in Costa Rica. The 77km highway is expected to cut 45 minutes off travel to the Central Pacific Coast, which is currently only accessible via Aguacate along a one lane winding mountain road that sees frequent traffic from accidents and over-weight tractor trailers.

By paying a series of tolls totaling 1,120 colones, (~$2) commuters will now be able to reach Jaco from San Jose in an hour or continue on to Manuel Antonio for a total travel time of under 2 hours (the trip is currently over 3 hours long). The route can also be used for cars heading north, shortening travel time to Liberia and beaches like Tamarindo and Flamingo by an hour.

The opening is expected to be a major boon to several areas including the Jaco area, which has already witnessed an increase in real estate purchases and new businesses.