We're in the planning stages and have looked at flying on Taca out of San Francisco to Belize City with what I can only assume is a change of planes in El Salvador. There's a 30 minute connection and I'm doubting that will be enough time to get thru Customs and make the flight. Has anyone made that connection before? Is there a better alternative? I really don't want to fly from SF to Texas or Miami; one of the schedules I saw turned it into a 3-day trip!
#80145 - 02/11/0401:13 PMRe: Connecting flight in El Salavador
'have taken the Taca red-eye from SF to Belize about a dozen times... only missed the connecting flight once and that was due to weather in SF. What HAS missed the connection a couple of times though has been our luggage. It's prudent to pack clothes for your first day/so in your carry on... our bags ALWAYS made it here, just sometimes a bit later than we did. Also a bit of advice, get to SFO EARLY!!! The line at Taca can take a LOOOOOOOONG time. There's good food/drink in the international terminal in SF, so check in early, check your bags and sleep on the flight! The Taca red-eye is nice as it puts you into Belize early enough to enjoy the entire day. Have a great trip!!!
#80151 - 02/11/0406:53 PMRe: Connecting flight in El Salavador
PS: has anyone had the fried chicken they sell at/outside the airport in El Salvador??? Evidently it is the best fried chicken on the planet, as every time we fly Taca, 1/2 the plane is carrying cartons of it as carry-on luggage on the outbound flight back to SF. We've met people from El Salvador in SF who have gasped with drooling joy when we've mentioned it, yet we've never managed (because of the tight layover schedule) to get any... Good $$$ to anyone who can bring us a carton of it to Ambergris.
#80152 - 02/11/0411:47 PMRe: Connecting flight in El Salavador
Thanks SFJeff... Am sure that it will be no prob getting to SFO early, is 10 pm early enough? I know Taca has a great rep for delaying luggage... I'll be shelping dive gear, too. Has anyone had a problem NOT getting their luggage? Even with that tight connection in El Salvador, it will catch up with me, right? Any recommendations for alternative ways to transport dive gear? Thanks!