6 Transportation Tips for Driving in Costa Rica
In Costa Rica we have 2 international airports, one in the north end Liberia which is Guanacaste, and one more centrally located in Alajuela close to San Jose. We also have 2 domestic carriers Nature’s Air & Sansa Air. These smaller planes can be a great alternative in saving time getting from one end of the country to the other but not always the cheapest option. For example, if you are staying in La Fortuna and then plan to go to the Osa Peninsula area in the south end of the country. What could take 6-8 hours of driving time might be only a 50-minute flight to Puerto Jiménez.
Many people I find make the mistake of booking their vacation based on the airline package. Sometimes flying into Liberia and then taking a long winding bus ride through the countryside for more than 3 hours one way depending on your final destination makes no sense at all. This would depend on the cost & of course if you don’t mind spending a lot of time riding on a bus. High season in costa Rica is from Dec 1 – April 30.
Domestic flights can sure be a time saver especially if you are traveling from one end of the country to the other. Keep in mind the season you are travel (high or low) will affect the cost. Another thing to consider if the weight restriction. Some of the accessible locations via Nature’s Air are Tortuguero, Limon, Tamarindo, Drakes Bay to name a few. Check out the map here Natures Air to see more places. It will give you a good indication from flying to driving times.
Some of the benefits of taking a domestic fly are time saver, check in time is less, and you can usually get an amazing view of the country from the air. You can also use Sansa for shipping cargo like boxes, golf equipment or bicycles.
Both domestic airlines are great to use, easy to access, and make travel time more enjoyable.