Originally Posted by CaribbeanCraig
A friend in Key West
was telling about Rio ..whats the closest airport from that area ? I like Bocas but way far from INT airport . Roatan has an airport but on flies once a week to ATL on the airline I work for. We fly daily to Belize
City . I'm looking to air commute aboard a few times a month . Just looking for a decent place . Thanks guys .
Getting to the Rio can be a bit tedious, especially if you plan to do it often, but there are a number of possibilities. Guatemala
City: About a 4.5 hour drive to the Rio, good bus service
, but a bit longer travel time. Flores, Guatemala, fewer flights, but shorter bus ride. San Pedro Sula, Honduras
is physically the closest to the Rio...a few hours on the road from there. Belize City, then fly to Punta Gorda Belize, then water
taxi to Guatemala...about one half day of travel. So, a minimum of a flight plus about 4 hours of travel regardless of airport. There is a private airstrip on the Rio, and arrangements can be made to use it, but that's subject to the good graces of Areo Club de Guatemala.
You could seasonally move the boat between Belize and the Rio, many do. Keep it on the Rio for hurricane season and then in Belize for the months you plan to cruise
(Belizean officials can be a pain, but its workable). For Belize slips, look up Cucumber Beach Marina, about a 30 minute drive to the international airport.
Could do a similar seasonal routine between Roatan and the Rio too. Flying into Roatan would be quite convenient. A number of Marina options on Roatan.
Re Bocas. You can fly direct from San Jose CR into Bocas. And the airport is being expanded in David to accommodate more international flights, but details and dates are still uncertain.