You have several choices on transportation.
If you prefer not to fly, you can drive to the Whale Resort in about 5 1/2 hours from Santa Maria International. We can arrange for you to be chauffeured by van, or help you rent a car for the best possible price.
We can also help arrange your domestic flights. There are two local carriers, Sansa Airlines, and Nature Air. If you choose to fly, we can assist you with these arrangements at discounted prices as well, so please let us know how we can help. Both airlines have several daily flights into Puerto Jimenez which is about 15 minutes from the Whale Resort.
If you plan on flying into Puerto Jimenez verses driving, we do recommend that you schedule flights with early arrival times in to Costa Rica, then catch your scheduled flight down the coastline. This will help insure that you’re poolside well before sunset. If you have a later arrival time we recommend spending the night in San Jose, then taking a flight in to Puerto Jimenez the following morning. We can also help arrange discounted pricing for as low as $75 per night, for your hotel stay in San Jose.
There is a third option as well. We can help arrange your own private chartered flight. It all depends on what level of convenience and time savings you desire, and what your budget is.
We are available almost 24/7 to advise you on all of your options. You can send an email and we will always reply promptly, or feel free to call us at 614 206 4422 in the US, or 011 506 8378 7777 in Costa Rica.
Once you are at the Whale Resort we also offer unlimited in-house transportation from our 24/7 concierge for a trip fee of $25 per 5/6 people. This option will almost always end up costing about 1/2 of what a rental car will cost you. We will transport you to and from any tour you might want to do, which our concierge will also arrange for you. If you want to dine out, We can take you into Puerto Jimenez, and there are a few restaurants that we can highly recommend with confidence.
All in all, our transportation services will end up costing less than 1/2 of what a rental car will cost you. Those savings will help offset the additional cost of flying, plus add extra days on the beach instead of in the car!
We also offer excellent chef services for $5 pp, plus food costs. Your average cost per meal will be about $10pp which is about 1/2 of the cost on dining out, and our chef tends to serve twice the amount of food, always fresh, and our fruits and vegetables are straight from the local gardens. If you prefer to cook for yourselves, our kitchen is fully equipped with everything you would expect to have in your own kitchen.