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flights in costa rica?

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flights in costa rica?

hi, seems like it is quite a trek to get between areas,..san jose to arenal to beaches for example...can anyone comment on flights within Costa Rica? Are they safe of highest standard and better bet than driving/buses? Sounds like buses can be hellish, and i'm a big nervous about driving....thank u

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1. Re: flights in costa rica?

We had a few internal flights in CR in 2003. The local airlines have very experienced staff. All the flight times are short so they are familiar with the safety concerns.

The planes are all propellor driven and small so are not like international flights - and getting from coast to the centre means getting over some high mountains so expect some spectacular scenery.

We loved the flights, but one one trip from SJ to the Pacific Coast there was a group of US Firefighters and most of them seemed a bit nervous about the closeness of the mountains and the quick ascents and descents. Mind you I'd probably be scared up a ladder fighting a blaze.

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2. Re: flights in costa rica?

summergirl: Here is information that I "cut and pasted" from the US Consular Information Costa Rica:

AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Costa Rica's civil aviation authority as Category 1 - in compliance with international aviation safety standards for oversight of Costa Rica's air carrier operations. For further information, travelers may contact the Department of Transportation within the U.S. at 1-800-322-7873, or visit the FAA's Internet website at http://www.faa.gov/avr/iasa/index.cfm.

The intracountry airlines are Sansa and NatureAir. Their schedules are posted on line and reservation can also be made on line. If your budget allows for it, this is a good alternative to driving yourself or buses. An additional option is Interbus. Their schedule is listed on line also and they travel quite extensively throughout the country in a small van transport (approx. 8-10 people). If you prefer not to drive yourself but want a smaller tour van operation, this is a good alternative. Maybe a good idea for you is a mix of air and land travel which will allow you the best of both worlds.

Lisa in Manuel Antonio

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3. Re: flights in costa rica?

if flying is a problem use interbus.com.. clean van service. $76 for 2 from Arenal to Monteverde. Driving to Monteverde requires 4 wheel drive, patience and a good map.