Costa Rica Vacation Splurge: Helicopter to Tamarindo

Things to Do, Travel Tips, Whats New — By Sophia LaMonica on January 15, 2011 at 10:56 pm

As news of rainy weather causing road closures and rivers to overflow across the country, Costa Rica’s La Nacion reports in today’s economia section that there are options for vacationers looking to get to some of them- via air.

For those who’d rather not spend five hours getting to Tamarindo from San Jose or three and a half hours on the road to Quepos, airplanes and helicopter will jet you there in a matter of minutes,  often much closer to your destination- and in undeniably cool James Bond style. A round trip ticket by airplane to Tamarindo by airplane takes 50 minutes and costs from $100 to $300, and a helicopter flight costs between $800 and $3,000.

Two companies that offer flights by air within Costa Rica are: Sansa and Nature Air. Sansa operates out of Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO), Nature Air flies out of Tobias Bolanos Airport in Pavas, a smaller airport in a suburban area just outside the city which is also a departure point for Bocas del Toro, Panama.

Although the Caribbean has been emerging from the shadows as Costa Rica’s crown jewel, it is still left almost entirely off the flight charts. However, Nature Air does offers chartered flights to Limon, 40 minutes in a private plane for one to seven passengers starts at approximately $1500. Otherwise, there is the road: public buses run regularly to Limon and Puerto Viejo from San Jose and cost about $10. Private transportation is available via Grayline and Interbus, cars rented, and drivers hired.  From San Jose, the road winds up through the misty mountains, descends over banana fields then flattens out, cutting a narrow two-lane swath between the sand and the rainforest through to Limon, Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, and Manzanillo.

Photo Credit: Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz/Mario Duran Valerio via Wikipedia Commons

Tags: Caribbean, Costa Rica, Helicpoter, Pacific, Puerto Viejo, Quepos, Surf, Tamarindo, travel tip


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