fly to puerto jimenez or golfito?

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Jan 3rd, 2007, 07:49 PM
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fly to puerto jimenez or golfito?

Hi all we are booked at Playa Nicuesa on the Golfo Dulce and can be picked up at either Golfito or Puerto Jimenez airport. Originally I thought Golfito but now wondering if it would be fun to get the boat across the Golfo from Puerto Jimenez. It does look like this choice involves a stop in Drake Bay. Would we see much from the plane?
Perhaps we could fly direct to Golfito and then fly back to SJ from Puerto Jimenez? Any thoughts from the pros? This is Sansa air.
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Jan 3rd, 2007, 07:54 PM
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oh also forgot to ask if either place is worth getting dropped off a bit early at to explore? There is a late afternoon flight out of Puerto Jimenez with Nature Air. We return to San Jose to overnight before an early flight home.
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Jan 4th, 2007, 04:24 AM
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The biggest difference would be the cost. I would check with Nicuesa to see how much the boat to the lodge would be from Golfito and PJ. It is fun boating around on the Gulf. We have seen Iguanas, turtles, and dolphins swimming.

Regarding the stop in Drake Bay. You will see a good overview of what it is like. Mostly green and water.

If you fly back from PJ you will see the whole coast and will fly over Manuel Antonio. Hang on when the pilot makes the turn over the mountains up by Jaco. It can be bumpy for a minute or two.
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Jan 4th, 2007, 02:05 PM
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Definitely fly to Puerto Jimenez. Both Nature Air and Sansa fly there, whereas only Sansa flies to Golfito and they are not always on schedule. PJ is definitely worth a look around. There's a new Mexican restaurant/cafe called The Palms right at the harbour where you can sit and watch the Gulf and the whole town pass by. The Jagua gallery/shop right by the airport is the best place to shop in the Southern Zone for beautiful and authentic Costa Rican pottery, jewelry, textiles and non-kitschy souvenirs. Be aware, though, that sometimes bad weather sets in during the afternoon, which can affect your flight to San Jose.
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