of COSTA RICA
DRIVING BY CAR
TRANSFERS IN SAN JOSE
WE CAN ARRANGE IN-COUNTRY FLIGHTS FOR
NATURE AIR 2006-2007
NATURE AIR AND INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT ON
THE SAME DAY
PRIVATE CHARTER FLIGHTS
DRIVING BY CAR
Driving from San Jose: The drive from San Jose is spectacular
in terms of natural beauty, but very tiresome. Try to
leave early and make frequent stops on the way. Approximate
travel time is 7-10 hours depending on stops, sightseeing,
weather and road conditions.
By road from San José take the Inter-American
(Pan Am ) Highway ( Ruta 2 ) to San Isidro de General
( 2 - 3.5 hrs ) . An interesting rest stop for refreshments
is at Ojo de Agua ( Km # 76 , 1 -1.5 hrs ) Continue
through Buenos Aires ( 1 - 1.5 Hrs ) to Palmar Norte
( 1 - 1.5 hrs ). Thirty-three kilometers past Palmar
Norte take a right turn at Chacarita. At Chacarita you
will see a service station by the name of "Corcovado".
The right turn to Puerto Jiménez is directly
after the service station. On this paved road you will
drive 44 km to Rincón where the pavement ends.
33 more kms will take you through La Palma and eventually
on to Puerto Jiménez ( 1 - 2 hrs ). Arriving
in Puerto Jimenez follow the signs for Parrot Bay Village,
we are located on the beach between the airstrip and
the public pier. We look forward to seeing you. Have
a good trip.
Driving from Quepos or Dominical: Drive South along
the coast road (on route 34) until Ciudad Cortés.
You will turn left before actually getting into the
center of town and follow the road to Palmar Norte.
At Palmar Norte turn right (South) on
the Carretera Interamericana. Thirty-three kilometers
past Palmar Norte take a right turn at Chacarita. At
Chacarita you will see a service station by the name
of "Corcovado". The right turn to Puerto Jiménez
is directly after the service station. On this paved
road you will drive 44 km to Rincón where the
pavement ends. 33 more kms will take you through La
Palma and eventually on to Puerto Jiménez ( 1
- 2 hrs ). Arriving in Puerto Jimenez follow the signs
for Parrot Bay Village, we are located on the beach
between the airstrip and the public pier.
Car Rental has more than 17 years of experience
in operational car rentals in Costa Rica. The company
has a location in Puerto Jimenez just in front of the
airstrip. Check out their extensive rental car fleet..
They will ask you to go with them to personally check
the car when you pick it up. This is a seemingly pointless
exercise for North Americans but bear with them and
pay attention. They will note every little scratch,
nick and dent in the car, bumper, windows and mirrors
with painful detail. Check for dents in the tire rims
and make sure there are a spare tire, jack and tools.
You may be charged for any surface defect that is not
marked when you return the car or anything that is missing.
They will charge you at USA body shop prices. Even the
very best companies do this in Costa Rica.
Advice: You may frequently get lost
or feel uncertain. Ask for road information or directions
only from persons who are driving. Don’t
ask pedestrians or people on horseback for
directions. They will seem very helpful and friendly
(as are all Ticos); they will smile and give you terrible
advice. 4x4 drivers and truck drivers are best. People
who work at gas stations are not good sources
of road information. Have a good trip and watch out
for the potholes!
TRANSFERS IN SAN JOSE
We can arrange for Syracuse Tours, our designated tour
guide operator in San Jose, to meet you at the international
airport and transfer you to your hotel. He has mini
vans and a microbus. The cost is the normal taxi charge
of $25 for all of you. You have the benefit of a completely
honest and dependable English speaking person. Somebody
from Syracuse Tours can meet you at the passenger exit
gate with a sign with your name on it. Also they can
do transfers or tours to different places in Costa Rica
or San Jose. They are also available for Monteverde,
Arenal, Turrialba, Quepos, Peninsula de Osa, Tamarindo,
Liberia and any other place accessible by car. Please
give us your international flight arrival information
so that we can advise Syracuse Tours when to meet you
at the airport.
WE CAN ARRANGE IN-COUNTRY
FLIGHTS FOR YOU
We prefer to make your in-country flights arrangements
for you. We can guarantee the reservation more easily
and more securely from here and can access space on
the in-country airlines when no one else can do it.
Also if we make the reservation we can manage any problems
that might occur. There are two domestic airlines with
service to Puerto Jimenez. Nature Air departing from
the Pavas Airport and Sansa leaving from the International
Airport. Nature Air will need the first and last names
of all passengers. Please provide those to us if you
would us to arrange the domestic flights for you.
NATURE AIR 2008-2009:
We can arrange the round-trip flights leaving San Jose
at 6:00, 6:10, 8:30, 10:50 or 3:40 on NATURE AIR from
San Jose - Pto Jiménez - San Jose. The cost for
NATURE AIR is $115 one-way or $229 round trip per person.
The return flight on NATURE AIR departs Puerto Jiménez
at 7:00 AM, 9:40 AM, 12:15 PM, or 3:30 PM and arrives
in San Jose (Pavas airport) at 7:10, 7:15, 9:30, 11:50
or 4:40 and arrives in San Jose (Pavas airport) at 8:05,
8:15, 10:20, 12:40 or 5:30 respectively.
NATURE AIR AND INTERNATIONAL
FLIGHT ON THE SAME DAY:
No problem about your flights. You can take Nature Air
that arrives in San Jose at 11:00 AM and make a connection
with your international flight that leaves at 2:00 PM.
There have been many people that have made this connection
with Nature Air and international flights. Nature Air,
however does NOT RECOMMEND that people who fly with
them schedule their international flights for the same
day. The reason for this advisory is that they do not
want to be faced with the additional pressure of people
demanding a solution or a refund IF SOMETHING goes wrong
with their schedule.
PRIVATE CHARTER FLIGHTS
We can arrange a charter flight for you from San Jose
to Puerto Jimenez on Alfa Romeo Aero Taxi. This flight
can originate at the time of your choice and from either
the international airport or Pavas airport. The flight
to Puerto Jimenez is approximately 50 min. and can carry
a maximum of 5 passengers. Alfa Romeo could meet you
at the passenger exit gate of the international airport
as you arrive in Costa Rica. They would take you to
the hanger for your flight to Puerto Jimenez. They will
have a sign with your name on it to help you identify
them. The cost is $1,050 one way for the plane. The
plane is a Piper Aztec, 5-passenger, twin engine - 1400
lbs capacity incl. luggage.
You also could leave from the Alfa Romeo hanger (#66)
at the Pavas Airport. The Pavas airport is 20 minutes
from downtown San Jose by taxi. The cost of these flights
is @ $1,050.