QUICK TIPS ON GETTING TO COSTA RICA ~ PASSPORTS? ~ RETURN TICKETS? ~ VACCINATIONS? ~ TRAVEL LIGHT – THIS IS THE TROPICS ~ LEAVE YOUR DIAMONDS AT HOME
- Passports are needed – check the expiration date (must be valid for at least six months after your arrival). Make sure you have some blank pages, too.
- Flying into Costa Rica, you need proof of an exit strategy (i.e. return tickets, etc)
- If you are flying from Europe, Asia, Africa, etc. passing through the USA to Costa Rica, check to see if you need a US Visa (even though you are just passing through the USA)
- If coming from South America or Africa, you may need a Yellow Fever shot.
- If coming from Panama, contact us re a novel way to get here: “Why be a Tourist, When you can be a Traveler?”
Most major airlines fly into the capital of Costa Rica: San Jose (SJO). There are also a few international flights to Liberia (LIR) in northern Costa Rica.
GETTING TO IGUANA LODGE ~ FLY TO PUERTO JIMENEZ – AND WE ARE ABOUT TEN MINUTES AWAY ON THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACH ON THE OSA – no kidding!
Depending upon the season and your arrival time into Costa Rica, you can often fly to Puerto Jimenez on the same day:
- During the dry season in Costa Rica (Dec – April): there are about ten flights a day to Puerto Jimenez, the last one leaving SJO around 4 PM.
- During the wet season in Costa Rica (May – November), there are fewer flights, and usually the latest flight from SJO leaves around noon.
TRAVEL HINT: If you want to get down to the Osa Peninsula as quickly as possible and stay as long as possible, look for international flights that arrive into San Jose by 1 PM in the dry season, and 10 AM in the wet season. When leaving the Osa, look for international flights that leave no earlier than 10 AM.