Puerto Jiménez Airport is a public airport serving the town of Puerto Jiménez in Costa Rica. It resides at an elevation of 2 m / 7 ft above mean sea level and has a runway designated 16/34. The runway is paved with asphalt and is 2,697 ft (822 m) in length. The aviation facility is situated on the Golfo Dulce near Corcovado National Park. Puerto Jiménez Airport is served by the airlines Nature Air and Sansa. Both airlines operate scheduled domestic flights to Drake Bay Airport in Drake Bay, and Juan Santamaría International Airport in the capital San José. The flights usually run once or twice daily.
Puerto Jiménez itself is not exactly a tourist destination, but it is the primary start off point to go to Corcovado National Park. The park, colloquially Parque Nacional Corcovado, is a national park that is part of the Osa Conservation Area and protects about a third of the Osa Peninsula. With an area of 424 square kilometres, it is the largest park in Costa Rica. The park was established on 24 October 1975 and has since been wildly considered to be the crown jewel in the country's extensive system of national parks and biological reserves. In fact, Corcovado National Park has been declared by National Geographic as "the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity." The best part is, it is open to the public for day trips and even overnight visits, although visitors must be accompanied at all times by certified professional guides. Researchers are given priority for reservations, but there is usually enough room to accommodate other campers. Animals that are present in the park include bull sharks, American crocodiles, spectacled caiman, scarlet macaws, hermit crabs, spider monkeys, pumas, jaguars, and white-faced capuchin monkeys, just to name a few.
If staying in the small town of Puerto Jiménez, there are some activities to try too: sea kayaking, mangrove forest exploration, jungle hikes, horseback riding, dolphin observation trips, and bike trips are all possible.
Other means of getting into Puerto Jiménez include by bus from San José and a ferry from Golfito.