The 5 Most Important Airports for Costa Rica
If you’re flying to Costa Rica, you have several airports to choose from. The most common airport to fly into is Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, which serves millions of travelers every year, but there are also several other airports in Costa Rica where you can land your flight that may be closer to your final destination or provide more affordable flights. Here are the five most important airports for Costa Rica, so you can decide which one will work best with your itinerary and your budget.
San Jose Airport
The main airport for Costa Rica is also one of its biggest. It’s so big, in fact, that people who live near it have taken to calling it the other San Jose. Luckily, all flights are to and from San Jose – there are no layovers in other airports! As a tourist destination, flying into San Jose is as convenient as it gets. There are several different options here depending on what you want out of your Costa Rican adventure: national and international flights from major airlines or budget carriers; direct or connecting flights; private charters or public transportation; local food stalls with cheap eats or upscale dining options; day-trip opportunities; rental cars and taxis available at affordable prices.
Once you reach Liberia, you’ll most likely arrive at what is considered to be one of Liberia’s main airports: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR). The airport serves more than 400,000 passengers each year, which is why travelers tend to stop off in Liberia on their way to other locations in Costa Rica. LIR is located around 3 miles (5 kilometers) from downtown Liberia. A number of companies offer transportation between LIR and downtown for about $4 each way. From LIR, it takes a little over an hour to get to San José; driving time depends on whether or not there are traffic issues along the way.
Manuel Antonio, Quepos Airport
Located in Quepos, on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, within a 30-minute drive of Manuel Antonio National Park. The Manuel Antonio airport is small and can only accommodate planes up to a maximum size of 9 tons, including light jets and turboprops. However, most major airlines fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and then connect through San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport. It’s a 3 1⁄2 hour flight from LAX to San Jose; then another 1⁄2 hour to Quepos/Manuel Antonio.
Tamarindo, Ocotal Beach Aeropuerto
Tamarindo, known as one of Costa Rica’s main surfing destinations, is located in Guanacaste. Tamarindo is also home to a wide variety of restaurants and shops that sell souvenirs and crafts. If you want to visit several different beaches in one day, Tamarindo is an ideal location to base yourself because it’s located near many popular beaches on both coasts. The only downside to traveling from Tamarindo by air is that it isn’t a major airport and doesn’t offer many direct flights from North America. The alternative is traveling by land or sea.