Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Puerto Jiménez, Nosara Airports Close for Remodeling

August 1, 2008

For the next few months, add an extra hour to any travel plans that include Puerto Jiménez and Nosara in the Southern Zone.

Airports at both locations closed this week to begin remodeling and widening the landing strips. Travelers headed to that vicinity are being redirected to Golfito and Carrillo airports in the interim.

Nature Air and Sansa Regional Airlines are the sole carriers that serve those locations.

The Puerto Jiménez airport closed on Monday and will reopen on Nov. 21, according to Gabriella Mejilla, director of Nature Air at the OsaPeninsula location.

Nature Air’s three daily flights to Puerto Jiménez now arrive in Golfito, Mejilla said. Passengers are then taken to a nearby dock where they catch a boat to Puerto Jiménez for ¢2,500 ($4.63) a piece.

The trip takes about 40 minutes all told, Mejilla estimated.

Passengers on Sansa’s four daily flights follow a similar routine, according to Zulena Cortés, a Sansa airlines assistant general manager.

The airport’s remodeling is digging into Sansa’s pockets, as the company pays $8 for each trip the boat makes from Golfito to Puerto Jiménez.

Meanwhile, the Nosara airport closed on Tuesday and will reopen at the end of October. Both airlines are rerouting passengers through Carrillo.

Sansa Airlines schedules three to four daily flights to Nosara, while Nature Air lands at the NicoyaPeninsula location one to two times daily.

Traveling from Nosara to Carrillo takes about an hour and a half by land, Mejilla estimated.

–Leslie Friday

 

You may be interested

Costa Rica approves law punishing street sexual harassment with jail and fines
Costa Rica
5805 views
Costa Rica
5805 views

Costa Rica approves law punishing street sexual harassment with jail and fines

AFP and The Tico Times - July 14, 2020

Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly on Tuesday passed a law that criminalizes street sexual harassment and punishes it with prison terms…

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for July 14, 2020
Costa Rica
21358 views
Costa Rica
21358 views

Costa Rica coronavirus updates for July 14, 2020

Alejandro Zúñiga - July 14, 2020

Costa Rica confirmed 446 new cases of the coronavirus over the past day, totaling 8,482 cumulative known cases, the Health…

Panama hospitals on verge of collapse as virus cases surge
Latin America
1221 views
Latin America
1221 views

Panama hospitals on verge of collapse as virus cases surge

Juan José Rodríguez / AFP - July 14, 2020

Hospitals in Panama are on the brink of collapse as coronavirus cases spike in the Central American country worst hit…