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About Costa Rica

Flights to Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s principal international airport is Juan Santamaria International. Airport (SJO), just outside the capital, San José. It operates routes to most of North and Central America, as well as the UK and countries across Europe. London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports are among those that operate direct services to Costa Rica. Let Expedia’s search filters help you find your perfect flight to Costa Rica, with a price that suits your pocket and a time that suits your schedule.

Juan Santamaría International Airport

Juan Santamaría International Airport is just outside the town of Alajuela, twelve miles west of the capital San José. For many years it was Costa Rica’s only international airport, and it remains an important hub for such Latin American operators as Sansa Airlines, Avianca and Copa Airlines. The chief operators from the main terminal are Avianca and Copa, while the domestic terminal is used by Sanda Airlines and Nature Air. Car rental is available at the airport, and the drive to central San José takes about half an hour. Taxis and buses are also available from the airport.

Welcome to Costa Rica!

Costa Rica is the lush green jewel in the heart of Central America. A destination of gold and silver beaches, spectacular coral reefs, unspoiled rainforests, cloud forests and dramatic volcanoes, Costa Rica offers so much to nature lovers, sun worshippers and thrill seekers alike. The capital, San José, welcomes you with open arms, its markets bursting with fresh produce, museums packed with historical and cultural interest, and gardens stocked with colourful flora and fauna. Costa Rica is the place to watch giant turtles lay their eggs on midnight sands, to scuba dive in coral reefs teeming with marine life, to take a zipline ride through the rainforest canopy, and so much more. What are you waiting for?

Sun, Sand, Sea, Surf and Scuba

Costa Rica’s Pacific coastline draws travellers from around the world. Several of its beaches offer world-class waves for surf-boarders, windsurfers, kayakers and watersports enthusiasts to enjoy. Sheltered coves provide gentle, safe swimming to suit bathers of every ability, and there are plenty of beaches, fringed with pristine rainforest, offering a perfect blend of sun, shade and invitingly soft sand. There are several superb coral reefs, allowing snorkelers and divers to view the wonderful diversity of corals, molluscs, turtles and fish below the waves.

Costa Rica’s Wonderful Wildlife

You’re never far from nature’s wonders in Costa Rica. There is an abundance of natural parks, from pristine rainforests and mangrove swamps that often adjoin the beaches, to unique cloud-forest ecosystems in the country’s central highlands. Let an expert guide you through the forest trails, helping you to spot the monkeys, sloths, coatis, tamanduas, turtles and countless bird species that teem in these lush environments. Or enjoy these natural wonders from the vantage point of a horse saddle, the seat of a 4x4, or a treetop zipline ride. And stop by at any of Costa Rica’s many animal sanctuaries to make some new furry, feathery friend.


Airports in Costa Rica

  • Juan Santamaria Intl. (SJO)
  • Arenal (FON)
  • Tamarindo (TNO) (TNO)
  • Tortuquero (TTQ) (TTQ)
  • Limon (LIO) (LIO)
  • Drake Bay (DRK) (DRK)
  • Daniel Oduber Intl. (LIR)
  • Palmar Sur (PMZ)
  • Nosara (NOB) (NOB)
  • Punta Islita (PBP) (PBP)
  • Canas (CSC) (CSC)
  • Golfito (GLF) (GLF)

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