Part of the beauty of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula is its remoteness--only a small percentage of the two million annual visitors to Costa Riva reach this wild, untamed part of the country. If you want to reach the peninsula you can drive, but flights to Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula are a better choice than a ten-hour drive from San Jose.
From San Jose to Puerto Jimenez
When you fly into Costa Rica, you’ll land at the San Jose International Airport (Juan Santamaria SJO). Chances are you’ll arrive too late in the day to hop on a plane to Puerto Jimenez, the small town that serves most visitors as a base when visiting the Osa Peninsula.
If you have to overnight anyway, consider spending a few days in San Jose. Doing so will help you get over any jet lag. The city is filled with interesting architecture as well as historical landmarks, you can even take day trips into the surrounding countryside, which includes the Irazú Volcano. Staying overnight in San Jose may also reduce your risk of missing a connecting flight due to the long lines at Customs and Border Control.
When you’re ready to fly to Puerto Jimenez, you’ll have your choice of two local air carriers, Sansa and Nature Air. The flight takes about an hour and costs only $100 to $150 one way.
From Puerto Jimenez you can travel to Drake Bay on the northern tip of the peninsula, where you can find boat access to Corcovado National Park (Drake Bay has no ATMs, so take cash to pay for food, lodging, and tours). You can also take the bumpy road to Matapalo, in the southern part of the peninsula, where you’ll find both luxury resorts and rustic eco-lodges.
Flights to Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula take a little more planning than flying into San Jose and heading for a nearby resort. In return for an overnight stay in San Jose and a one-hour flight, however, you’ll see a part of Costa Rica most travelers miss.