Quepos La Managua Airport

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Quepos La Managua Airport
Airport type Public
Location Quepos
Elevation AMSL 26 m / 85 ft
Coordinates 09°26′35″N 084°07′47″W / 9.44306°N 84.12972°W / 9.44306; -84.12972Coordinates: 09°26′35″N 084°07′47″W / 9.44306°N 84.12972°W / 9.44306; -84.12972
MRQP is located in Costa Rica
Location in Costa Rica
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 1,100 3,609 Asphalt
Source: Costa Rican AIP[1]

Quepos La Managua Airport (IATA: XQPICAO: MRQP) is an airport near Quepos, Costa Rica. The airport is located approximately 5 km (3.1 mi) from the city.

Quepos Airport Runway
This is the terminal building at the Quepos Airport. Inside are the Nature Air and Sansa ticket counters, along with restrooms, a snack stand / bar, and a stand to pay the Costa Rican departure tax.

Scheduled Services[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Nature Air Arenal/La Fortuna, Golfito, San José
Sansa San José

As of June 2015, the one way ticket from San Jose to Quepos is around 75 dollars per person, and both airlines have a baggage limit of 35 pounds (25 checked and 10 carry on). Sometimes when the flights aren't full they allow more, but flights are usually full from December to April, and from June to August. Sansa Airlines, http://crc.flysansa.com/en/home, leaves out of the same international airport that most flights arrive in SJO, Nature Air, http://www.natureair.com/, leaves out of a smaller airport about 15 minutes away, but they do offshore a shuttle service.
Time Considerations
When flying on one of the smaller flights from San Jose to Quepos, during the months of January to April, make sure to give yourself 1 hour to get through customs and immigration, and 1.5 would be super safe. If coming during Easter Week or Christmas, the immigration and customs line is generally 2 to 2.5 hours long. From June to Mid August, the time needed to get through customs and immigration would be around an hour, and during the months of May, September and October, you can generally catch a flight only 45 minutes after you land as there are no lines. Add 15 minutes to all of these layover times if you are flying Nature Air as you have to switch airports.
What to do if there is no flight available when you arrive in San Jose
Ground transportation is very inexpensive going from San Jose to Quepos, with regular private 10 passenger shuttle going for 140 USD each way per group. The drive takes about 2 hours, and a popular transport service in the area can be found here: http://sanjosequepostransport.com/

Nearby Activities[edit]

Manuel Antonio National Park
Quepos is very well known for its proximity to the national park Manuel Antonio. Manuel Antonio national park consists of 4 really nice beaches and has 4.7 miles of hiking trails, where you can encounter a wide variety of wildlife.

Fishing is the second most popular activity in Quepos behind the national park, and there are over 100 different sport fishing boats to meet all the needs of any angler.

White Water Rafting
Another super popular activity in Quepos is the white water rafting. From December to April, it is a very leisurely trip on a raft through the mountains in pristine rivers. From May to November, Quepos has several tours which go through rapids from stage III all the way up to the very technical stage V.