Flights to Costa Rica
Are you looking for a trip to rejuvenate in nature? If so, you should look at booking your next flights to Costa Rica. This biodiverse country in Central America is home to many species of animals, volcanos, beaches, rain forests, and more. To help you plan your trip, we have compiled details about Costa Rica below, including airport information, attractions, and some history of the area.
Costa Rica Airport Information
- Located just 12 miles from the capital city of San José, this airport has an average of 247 flights landing and departing daily. Among some of the international flights arriving to Juan Santamaria Airport are:
- New York City - 5 hours 12 min
- Los Angeles - 5 hours 35 min
- Miami - 3 hours
- Seattle - 9 hours (with 1 stop)
- Chicago - 5 hours 10 min
Once you arrive you can travel into San José to enjoy the city parks or museums. Landing in San José also gives you access to go into the Alajuela Province. The province is home to Volcán Chato and Volcán Arenal, which are located in Arenal Volcano National Park, and Poás Volcano National Park. Poás is still active, and parts of this national park will close to keep visitors safe, so it is worth checking regularly on the park’s status.
- Also known as Liberia International Airport, LIR handles approximately 58 flights each day. Visitors taking flights to Costa Rica will find average flight times to LIR such as:
- New York City - 5 hours 20 min
- Los Angeles - 5 hours 50 min
- Miami - 3 hours
- Seattle - 8 hours 30 min (1 stop)
- Chicago - 5 hours 35 min
If you are planning to visit the Pacific Coast or Western Costa Rica, than LIR is the airport to fly into. Liberia is close by to famous surf beaches such as Nosara, Tamarindo, Conchal Beach, Playa del Coco, and more. Rincon de la Vieja National Park and Santa Rosa National Park are also easy to access once you land in Liberia.
- Limon International Airport has about 30 Sansa Airlines flights per day in and out of the airport, primarily from San José. Limon is located near the Gulf of Mexico so flying to this airport gives tourists access to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, including beaches like Playa Bonita and Uvita Island.
Information About Costa Rica
Costa Rica is known for its motto "Pura Vida" which means pure life in Spanish. The country, which is located between Panama and Nicaragua, abolished its army in 1948 and is known for being a peaceful, laid-back place. Because it is located just north of the Equator, Costa Rica has a tropical climate year-round. The region features four types of rainforests, 60 volcanoes, 300 beaches, and plenty of exotic and endangered species. The population is estimated to be around five million people with the most populated cities being:
- San José - With a population of 335,000 people, the capital city is the largest within Costa Rica. It is primarily a center for government and business, although many tourists enter the country via its airport.
- Alajuela - his is the second largest city in Costa Rica, with a population of 302,000 residents. It lies a mere 20 km northwest of San José. With the Juan Santamaria Airport airport nearby, flights to Costa Rica bring plenty of tourists through Alajuela. From this city, tourists can travel to see the volcanos or Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
- Puerto Limón - Located on the Caribbean with a population of 63,000, Puerto Limón is an important port city for Costa Rica. One of the first visitors there was Columbus. Now, tourists can take in the architecture, beautiful beaches, and nearby Tortuguero National Park.
When you book your flights to Costa Rica, consider what type of climate you’d like to be vacationing in. The central part of the country is mountainous, rainy, and at a higher altitude. Meanwhile, the Guanacaste province offers a dry and warm climate, with some seasonal changes. On the Caribbean coast you are likely to get some rainfall year-round due to the trade winds, which keep the region hot and humid.