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Meeting President of Costa Rica

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Meeting the President of Costa Rica

On August 23, 2019, Abigail Vargas and I attended the re-opening celebration of the Palmar Sur regional airport. As many of our readers know, we have been providing almost monthly updates on our YouTube channel on the remodel. We knew the President of Costa Rica was going to be there. President Carlos Alvarado Quesada is the 48th President of Costa Rica and has committed to improving infrastructure for Costa Rica tourism.

We were thrilled when the airport was finally finished in mid-August 2019. In fact, two of our clients were some of the first people to use the new terminal building.

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Panoramic palmar sur airport with Presidential plane in foreground

Photos from the Palmar Sur Opening. We have high-resolution, non-watermarked, photos available for media outlets that would like to use them.

We arrived approximately 45 minutes before the 'official' start time of the ribbon cutting ceremony. We parked across the street under a mango tree and walked into the airport. There were a handful of tourists waiting for their plane to arrive but we could see more people in the waiting area, located on the west side of the terminal. Arriving there the was approximately 50 people there. A handful were talking with the President, including Osa Mayor Alberto Cole.

Personally, I love politics so this was a great 'work' trip that gave me personal satisfaction as well.

Mayor Cole knows me and has been to my house several times since I also own a real estate development in San Buenaventura. However, I didn't want to interrupt anyone so I walked up to within a meter of them, and simply took some photos and listened to what they were discussing. It was fascinating to me that it was possible to simply walk up to a President of a country without any security clearance or having to walk through any metal detectors.

Mayor Cole and President Quesada each said a few words and then the throng of people moved outside. Abigail recognized several people from the community and we both saw Dagmar from Ballena Tales there.

Presidential Airplane

One of the reasons I love Costa Rica is the safety. For clear evidence of this, take a look at the airplane the President travels on during his domestic travels. For those aviation enthusiasts, I believe it is an Harbin Y-12 (hat tip to Josh Berman for the ID).

Not only is it a "simple" airplane, but also, look how close we were allowed to get to it. Although I've never met a sitting USA President, but I can assure you that non-security personal would not be allowed to walk up to the airplane.  I was able to walk completely around the airplane and even under a wing. Had this been Air Force 1, I probably would have been arrested (at best) or shot (worse case scenario) for simply walking up to the Presidential airplane.

Ribbon-cutting Ceremony

After approximately thirty minutes inside the airport terminal, it was time to go outside for the ceremonial ribbon cutting. A mixture of politicians, engineers and civic leaders all grabbed a piece of a long ribbon and then the President counted down and cut the ribbon. The airport was now officially open! The video below shows the cutting of the ribbon.

Osa's Increasing Importance to Tourism

Costa Rica's Tourism Board (ICT) has invested millions of dollars in the Osa Peninsula over the past two years. They have driven the airport upgrades in Golfito, Drake Bay, San Isidro del General (not in Osa but nearby) and now Palmar Sur. For the Costa Rica President to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and spend a couple of hours in the area, show how important tourism is to the Costa Rica economy. It would have been very easy to send a senior government official or an ICT official, however the President wanted to show his support. This is a great sign for anyone with a home or a business in Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula region.

Fun Day!

It was a fun day to meet the sitting President of Costa Rica and to experience the event of opening the airport. I have attended several other ribbon cutting events during my time, but it was only the second time the President was there. The first time was when I attended a ribbon cutting event attended by Oscar Arias that opened up a new water system.

Let us know if you, or anyone you know, is interested in visiting the Bahia Ballena region (Uvita, Ojochal, San Buenas, Chontales), please contact us in the form below. We can line everything up for them.

Pura vida!

Nick Halverson

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Palmar Sur Airport Open

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Palmar Sur Airport Open

After almost a year of being closed for a major remodel, the Palmar Sur Airport Open. Check out the video below for a 'walk-through' of the new terminal building. There was a ribbon-cutting event that the Costa Rica President attended (and cut the official ribbon) to celebrate the new airport.

Improvements

I really like all the changes that they made to improve the Palmar Sur airport. Below are just some of the changes - the ones we know about:

  • Completely enclosed structure. The previous airport terminal was open-faced and when it rained it was near impossible to stay dry. Flying in an airplane with wet clothes is never fun. The huge and numerous windows still allow passengers to enjoy the natural scenery and can watch planes landing and departing.
  • Runway changes. The runway length was increased. The width was increased. The new runway is illuminated 24-hours a day with LED lights. This is one of the few regional airports with landing lights. This is a great safety feature given all of the rain and fog that is common during the rainy season.
  • Emergency service capabilities. The increased runway length, width and lighting, was installed for safety reasons. The airport can now be used 24 hours/day in emergency situations. There is the regional hospital 15 minutes away and now patients can be Medivac'd anytime day or night. Also, in the event of a small-to-medium-sized airplane emergency, Palmar Sur is now large enough to handle them. There are new fire hydrants and a huge submerged water tank that can be used in the event of a fire.
  • Distinct departure and arrival areas.

Location

The airport is located between Palmar Norte and Sierpe in Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula. Turn right, towards Sierpe, after crossing the Palmar Norte-Rio Terraba bridge as you head south on Route 2.  Turn right approximately 400 meters down the road, as the main road curves left. The airport is on the left-hand side.

Palmar Sur Airport Open Event

There was an inauguration event on August 23, 2019, to celebrate the opening of the terminal. This marked the "official" opening of the new airport facility.

 

Remodeled Palmar Sur airport is now open!

Inside of Remodeled Palmar Sur Airport Open

 

We recommend all of our clients who are visiting Uvita, Ojochal, San Buenas or Chontales, to fly from San Jose to Palmar Sur. It is an easy 35 minutes flight and a wonderful way to see the amazing topography of Costa Rica.

Contact us if you'd like more information about the Palmar Sur airport, property management needs in the area or renting a vacation home to use during your time in Costa Rica.


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Palmar Sur Airport May 2019

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Palmar Sur Airport May 2019 Update

This is the latest update about the Palmar Sur Airport May 2019, recorded recently from the airport. The video below includes photos and videos of the current status of the airport, along with Abigail Vargas holding one of the LED lights that will be installed on the runway.

We are cautiously optimistic that the new deadline will be reached. A lot of work still needs to be completed, but with a large and skilled crew it is feasible. We were told that the following still needs to be completed:

  • Ceiling fan installation: We were told they have been purchased and are in storage.
  • Installation of seats and benches. Again, we were told they have been purchased. Based on earlier conversations, the seats will have USB charging ports.
  • Finishing of details. As one can see in the video, workers are still hand-sanding the downspouts for quality control.
  • Final installation of landing lights. We were told most of those have been installed and are operational but it is not 100% completed yet.
  • It is unclear if the electrical and data system has been completely installed.

Revised Deadline for Completion

We will continue to monitor the progress of the Palmar Sur Airport May and June 2019 updates. As the video stated, the new target deadline for completion is July 1, 2019. We are hopeful that the July 1 deadline will be met. When this happens it will be great news to start having daily flights to and from San Jose again.

If you would like information about vacationing in the Osa region of Costa Rica, please fill out the form below. We typically respond within 24 hours. You may also send us a text or WhatsApp message to +16128198154 or +50671001006. Palmar Sur is a great location for those looking to visit Sierpe, Chontales, San Buenas, Ojochal or Uvita. Palmar Sur is located across the Terraba River from Palmar Norte.

Photos Palmar Sur Airport

Below are some photos from Palmar Sur Airport May 2019.


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New Costa Rica Domestic Airport Terminal

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Costa Rica's Domestic Airport terminal received a substantial upgrade in mid-2018. The new modern design is sleek, airy, and bright with improved traveler amenities, including mobile charging stations and a well-provisioned convenience store.

The open, streamlined layout of the new Costa Rica domestic airport terminal is visible before you pass through the doors, and a gorgeous, contemporary bronze sculpture accents the glass-paned entrance.

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Once inside, the crisp, minimalist styling is soothing on the traveler's nerves. Everything is well-marked, and signs are bright with large print, making information easy to read and locations easy to find. Airport staff, as always, are cheerful, friendly, and committed to customer service. Domestic flights are available through Sansa Airlines, with service to 14 destinations across Costa Rica, and Carmonair Charters, with service to nearly 40 stops nationwide.

Terra Tica, the shop located beside the gate seating area, offers a wide variety of refreshments, including fresh bakery items, cold drinks, and high-energy snacks. You'll also find an assortment of locally crafted goods and vacation souvenirs.

The gates are well-lit and airy, with accessible seating and charging stations throughout ensuring your mobile device and/or laptop are fully charged prior to boarding. The tarmac is visible through floor-to-ceiling windows which span the length of the building providing natural lighting and great views while waiting to board your flight.

San Jose Domestic Airport

As with the previous Costa Rica domestic airport terminal, travelers walk out to their plane. There are now many safety improvements including well marked walking paths, high-visibility vests worn by employees to guide travelers to the correct plane and easier access, including ramps.

For those returning to San Jose at the end of their trip, enhanced accessibility and clearly-marked points of entrance alleviate passengers' doubts about where they need to go when they deplane.

A roundabout in front of the terminal provides easy access to taxis and shuttles, and San Jose's Juan Santamaria's main terminal is but a short walking distance. Baggage handlers greet travelers at the entrance, and a central information desk is located across from the ticketing counters for travel or locale-related questions.

Updates are being made to regional terminals and airstrips as well, including San Isidro and Palmar Sur. For the most updated information on travel within Costa Rica, please contact us by phone or email, and be sure to check us out on YouTube.

Pura Vida!


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Palmar Sur Airport Remodel Update October 2018

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Palmar Sur Airport Remodel Update

We recently visited the Palmar Sur Airport Remodel project currently taking place at this popular airport for travelers vising the Osa Peninsula and nearby towns of Sierpe, Chontales, San Buenas, Ojochal, Uvita and Dominical. The following video provides an update and some great information about the Palmar Sur Airport remodel.

Click on the photo below to watch or view it on our YouTube Channel.

As mentioned in the video, everyone here at Osa Property Management is hoping that the airport is completed with the remodel by the end of calendar year 2018.

We are recommending to our scheduled guests to have a back-up plan in place if their plans include arriving into San Jose's Juan Santamaria's airport first, and planning on flying down to Palmar Sur. We can help with securing a car rental in San Jose, or hiring a private shuttle for you and your travel companions.

Once the Palmar Sur Airport Remodel is completed, this regional airport will be one of the nicest in the country. Palmar Sur serves travelers from Sierpe, Rio Claro, Chontales, San Buenas, Ojochal, Uvita and Dominical.


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Palmar Sur Airport Update

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Palmar Sur Airport Update

In August 28, 2018, we visited Palmar Sur regional airport to get an update on the construction project there. The following is our Palmar Sur Airport Update.

In early August 2018, we had a client who had a scheduled flight from San Jose to Palmar Sur, via Sansa airlines. They were planning on a weeklong vacation at Casa Lapas. Approximately 24 hours prior to the clients' departure, they were notified that the Palmar Sur airport was close and no other information was available. After scrambling to get the clients rescheduled to Perez Zeledon's regional airport, we decided to investigate what was going on.

Below are a couple of videos that provide how the Palmar Sur Airport Update will improve traveling to the southern pacific zone of Costa Rica in the not-to-distant future.

Here is a list of the changes taking place at Palmar Sur airport. All of these changes are scheduled to be completed in four months - with a goal of being completed by January 2019.

  • Existing terminal is going to be increased in size from 750 square feet to over 5,000 square feet. It is still unclear whether or not the existing terminal structure will be kept or if it will be torn down.
  • Rental car kiosks and other kiosks will be built
  • The width of the runway is being widened

One of the goals of the increased width of the runway is to allow more models of aircrafts to be able to make emergency landings if necessary. Palmar Sur is relatively safe compared to other airports in the area due to the flat topography and ease of landing for planes coming in from the west/Pacific Ocean side.

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Sansa airplane at Palmar Sur airport (when the airport was operating). The Palmar Sur airport is scheduled to reopen in early 2019.


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