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The top flight destination for Costa Rica is San Jose


Cheap flights to Costa Rica recently found by travellers

The top flight destination for Costa Rica is San Jose

    LON
    London
    SJO
    San Jose
    Iberia

    Thu, 24 Aug - Tue, 5 Sep
    US$548
    MAN
    Manchester
    SJO
    San Jose

    Fri, 28 Apr - Fri, 12 May
    US$641
    EDI
    Edinburgh
    SJO
    San Jose

    Thu, 30 Nov - Mon, 11 Dec
    US$675
    GLA
    Glasgow
    SJO
    San Jose

    Thu, 8 Jun - Thu, 22 Jun
    US$692
    NCL
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    SJO
    San Jose

    Wed, 15 Mar - Wed, 29 Mar
    US$696
    LBA
    Leeds
    SJO
    San Jose

    Tue, 21 Mar - Sun, 26 Mar
    US$704
    NWI
    Norwich
    SJO
    San Jose

    Mon, 13 Mar - Sat, 1 Jul
    US$750
    CWL
    Cardiff
    SJO
    San Jose

    Thu, 13 Apr - Tue, 2 May
    US$756
    EMA
    Nottingham
    SJO
    San Jose

    Wed, 4 Oct - Sun, 15 Oct
    US$791
    SOU
    Southampton
    SJO
    San Jose

    Sat, 15 Jul - Sat, 29 Jul
    US$1,321
Arriving In Costa Rica

Cheap flights to Costa Rica are available from Gatwick and Heathrow airports near London. British citizens do not require a visa to enter Costa Rica. Most international flights to Costa Rica arrive at either Juan Santamaria International Airport or Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (also known as Liber International Airport). Buses to San Jose and Alajuela are available from outside the terminal building of Juan Santamaria Airport. Licensed taxis are also available from outside the airport, and accept payment in both colones and US dollars.

Buses to Liberia town centre depart from the front of the Liberia International Airport terminal buses. However, bus services are not frequent, so visitors might have to hire a taxi instead. Taxis are available from outside the terminal building.

Getting Around Costa Rica

Many destinations are served by local buses, and fares are usually inexpensive. However, most bus routes tend to pass through San Jose, which can add a considerable amount of time to the journey. Mini-vans and taxis can be booked through a hotel’s front desk. Taxis can sometimes be flagged down in the street. Check that the meter is on as soon as you get in the car. Licensed taxis can be recognised by their distinctive livery – red with a yellow triangle. Make sure that the number in the triangle matches that on the license plate. NatureAir and Sansa offer internal flights around Costa Rica. Check their websites for more information about routes and prices.

Main Attractions

Costa Rica is a nature lover’s paradise, filled with lush green rainforests and inviting beaches. Some of these can be seen at the Manuel Antonio National Park. Follow the trails through the rainforest to emerge on golden beaches, or come face to face with squirrel monkeys, iguanas, capuchins and other native animals. Playa Dominical is a popular surfing destination. Discover Costa Rica’s past at the Monumento Nacional Arquelogico Guayabo. The ancient finds unearthed here include an extensive aqueduct system, tombs, petroglyphs, and other features.

Shopping, Dining and Nightlife

Visit the Galeria Namu in San Jose to pick up handmade arts and crafts by local and regional artisans. The gallery operates on a fair trade basis and sells a selection of tribal art, jade jewellery, masks and reproductions of pre-Columbian pieces. Multiplaza Escazu is one of Costa Rica’s largest shopping malls, and boasts plenty of trendy local and international chains. San Jose’s Mercado Central is crammed with stalls selling local fruits, meat and seafood. There are also a number of cafes offering regional dishes such as ceviche, fish soup and homemade ice-cream. The El Pueblo district in San Jose is jampacked with clubs, pubs and plenty of people out to enjoy themselves.

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On Arrival...
  • There are 31 airports in Costa Rica and the 5 biggest are
  • Juan Santamaria Intl Airport (San Jose, Costa Rica)
    • Right now, 29 airlines operate out of Juan Santamaria Intl Airport.
    • Juan Santamaria Intl Airport offers nonstop flights to 50 cities.
    • Every week, at least 91 domestic flights and 861 international flights depart from Juan Santamaria Intl Airport.
  • Liberia Airport (Liberia, Costa Rica)
    • Right now, 18 airlines operate out of Liberia Airport.
    • Liberia Airport offers nonstop flights to 26 cities.
    • Every week, at least 35 domestic flights and 259 international flights depart from Liberia Airport.
  • Puerto Jimenez Airport (Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica)
    • Right now, 2 airlines operate out of Puerto Jimenez Airport.
    • Puerto Jimenez Airport offers nonstop flights to 2 cities.
    • Every week, at least 28 domestic flights and 0 international flights depart from Puerto Jimenez Airport.
  • Quepos Airport (Quepos, Costa Rica)
    • Right now, 2 airlines operate out of Quepos Airport.
    • Every week, at least 21 domestic flights and 0 international flights depart from Quepos Airport.
  • Tambor Airport (Tambor, Costa Rica)
    • Right now, 2 airlines operate out of Tambor Airport.
    • Tambor Airport offers nonstop flights to 3 cities.
    • Every week, at least 28 domestic flights and 0 international flights depart from Tambor Airport.