Here is a domestic commuter airplane taxiing down the runway at the Tamarindo airport. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you will see the cows grazing on the airport grounds.
If this does not fit your image of what you expect a municipal airport to look like, please keep in mind that you are in Central America, not the USA, Canada or Europe. It is actually quite an accomplishment that Tamarindo has an airport with regularly scheduled service on two domestic airlines.
Although Tamarindo is Costa Rica's most popular beach resort (as described by Forbes Magazine), it is still a small town. There was no church until last year. There are no traffic lights and no gas stations. How many towns can you think of that have an airport but no traffic light or gas station?
The airport is located on private land, owned by the Tamarindo Diria Resort, which is the largest hotel in town. (One of our two condos is located on the grounds of the Tamarindo Diria Resort.) If you think it is odd that an airport is on private land rather than municipal land, I should also add that the nearest municipal government is in Santa Cruz, which is about 20 minutes away.
Most people who visit the area fly to the international airport in Liberia, which is about an hour away. The government is building a new terminal in Liberia to handle the grown of air traffic there, as there are about 50 non-stop flights each week from the USA to Liberia. It is also convenient to fly to San Jose and then take a one-hour domestic airline right to Tamarindo. The Tamarindo airport is located just 5 minutes from the center of town.
Before you conclude that domestic air transport in Costa Rica is modest, let me give you this teaser. Tomorrow's post will reveal that a Costa Rica airline is the first in the world to accomplish something that is beneficial for everyone, everywhere, and that will be copied by airlines worldwide.