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My daughter and sister in law ready to leave San Jose
Not much vacationing today. Mainly just a travel day. Chicago to Houston, Houston to San Jose, Costa Rica, San Jose to Manuel Antonio. We opted to take a puddle jumper operated by SANSA rather than a taxi to reach Quepos. I hear that because of the roads driving from San Jose to Quepos can take 2-3 hours. To fly took only about 30 minutes. The SANSA terminal is outside the airport, but only a couple blocks. No less than 8 taxi's offered us a ride to there, but we just followed the signs and got there just fine.

Pack light if you're taking one of these little SANSA flights. The plane is really small, so you won't want to carry a lot on and they charge $25 for extra checked bags.
With palm groves all around it, doesn't this look like a scene from a movie?


I thought the flight was a blast, so did my daughter. The plane flew low enough that we could really see the countryside. We also saw what I think were palm tree "orchards." We were all pretty excited to see the perfect blue coast ahead of the plane. Even my sister in law (who gets motion sickness) enjoyed that part of the flight. All of us had to laugh when we saw the "runway" we were landing on.It was so small it looked like it was right out of a movie or something. The airport there is open-air and one room.

For $5 a person we caught a shuttle to Hotel Costa Verde, but the shuttle stopped at pretty much all of the hotels in Manuel Antonio.

After checking into the hotel, explored the grounds, which really are pretty. The hotel office is lovely with high ceilings and beautiful wood details. Just next to the office is a restaurant called Anaconda which boasts an amazing view of the ocean and coastline. As with all three restaurants on the premises, Anaconda is open air. That night we had dinner at El Avión where we reviewed the list of sight seeing activities given to us by the front desk and decided what we wanted to do. The waitstaff was very friendly, and the food was good. I had a rice and chicken dish that was supposedly a "traditional costa rican dish." Traditional or not (I don't really know!) it was really good.

Exhausted from a long day of traveling, we turned in early so we'd be ready for the next day. With our rooms being right under El Avión restaurant and bar, there was a little bit of restaurant noise, but nothing that kept us up.



vulindlela says:
Sounds like fun!
Posted on: Jul 01, 2009
acowboy says:
I ao wanna go zip lining...
Posted on: Apr 21, 2009
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