Commuter flights from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez are a great way to arrive on the peninsula. The flight takes about fifty minutes, and there are two airlines flying daily from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez: Nature Air and Sansa. They charge around $100 to $200 one way, and both offer discounts to children under twelve. It is important to book flights early as they do fill up. We can also help you charter planes directly to Carate.
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Both airlines fly out of the main airport, Juan Santamaria International Airport. Just ask one of the airport staff for directions to the Nature Air or Sansa check in and they will show you the way.
Both airlines have a minimum 45 minute check-in time and there’s a baggage weight restriction of 30 lbs per person – extra weight costs 55 cents per pound (see packing list for suggestions, and remember than ten extra pounds means you pay only an additional $5.50, so don’t stress too much when it comes to packing). Surf boards less than seven feet long are generally not a problem.
Please note that if you are flying with Nature Air, you will have to go back through immigration again which takes longer so get to the airport nice and early if you are flying with Nature Air.
Driving Or By Bus:
Direct bus to Puerto Jiménez leaves San Jose at 12:00 noon everyday, for an 8-hour drive. AutoTransportes Blanco (Phone: [+(506) 257-4121] offers 2 departures per day from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez. From there you can take a privete taxi or a Collectivo to Carate (see above).
The trip by land on a 4X4 or bus from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez can be from 7-10 hours, depending on the weather and road conditions. Please be careful if you drive a rental car.
To Carate beach:
With regards to getting here from Puerto Jimenez, you have 2 options:
Colectivo- This is the public bus service (an open backed truck) which leaves twice a day from opposite the supermarket ’96′ in Puerto Jimenez. Ask anyone in town if you can’t find it. It leaves at 6am and 1:30pm. The journey on average takes 2.5-3 hours and costs $10 per person. Tell the driver you are coming to Finca Exotica and he will drop you off right outside. Going back to town, you can pick it up at around 8:30am and 3:30pm from right outside Finca Exotica.
Taxi- This will cost around $80 for a one-way trip. It is quicker and obviously you can choose the time you want to leave town. It’s also much less bumpy than the colectivo! We do recommend reserving a taxi in advance so if you would like to come this way, let us know and we shall happily book it for you.
If you are driving, please only come in a 4×4. There are various rivers to cross and for this reason a 4×4 is recommended. The journey takes 1.5-2 hours. Please arrive no later than 5pm- the road is much easier to drive during daylight hours. There is only one road between Puerto Jimenez and Carate- you just follow the road and look out for our main entrance on the right hand side opposite the beach. Our main entrance is found just before the end of the small airstrip. We offer free parking for all guests.