Flying Over Costa Rica

San Jose Airport is located in central Costa Rica. It’s not a close shuttle ride to beachside cities, so here are three ways to get to your beach-side destination

– Taxi: Believe it or not, you can taxi to many cities. For example, to taxi to Quepos, it’s approximately 3 hours and will set you back roughly $120. If you’re planning on stopping by a few cities and wanted to see the country, this could be a nice option without having to drive. Try bargaining with the cab driver.

– Renting a car: Car rental rates typically costs the same with American rates. It is a relatively easy process and a great way to explore Costa Rica at your own pace. Note that many roads are unpaved or in poor condition. Note that there is a mandatory insurance coverage covered by the government.

Nature Air

-Small regional planes: Depending on which city is your final destination, this might be a cheaper option for a small group. A three hour trip can be cut with a short 30 minute flight. Two major regional airlines are Sansa Regional and Nature Air. In my experience, Sansa was closer to being on time (30 minutes late) then Nature Air ( 1.5 hr late). Don’t rely on these small planes to get your next connecting flight on time and allow for some cushion time. Note, that these planes typically hold about 20 people and can be quite bumpy. In exchange for some rollercoaster turbulance, you will get to catch a beautiful aero-view of a very lush and green country.

Quepos Airport

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