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Costa Rica has two airports that receive international flights from all over the world. The Juan Santamaria International Airport or the San Jose International Airport as it is better known, sits just outside of downtown San Jose, some 20 minutes away. It is also very close to the quaint town of Alajuela.
If you are traveling to Costa Rica, the most convenient option is to arrive by plane. Many major airlines service the airports in Costa Rica, including the Juan Santamaria International Airport. This is the ideal airport for tourists and visitors that are looking to explore anywhere from theCentral Pacific Coast to Monteverde and down to Panama including the entire Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, and it is often referred to as the San Jose International Airport.
If you are planning on visiting Alajuela or San Jose, the Juan Santamaria International Airport is the way to go. This airport is the primary hub in Costa Rica, and is located only about 1 mile away from the city of Alajuela, and just outside of downtown San Jose. Visitors can easily reach the major accommodation sites, including hotels, in the San Jose area by a quick drive, usually less than 30 minutes.
The airport is also very close to several popular and beautiful beach cities. In less than two hours, you could be checked-in at a number of beach hotels, include Doubletree Puntarenas at El Roble and Los Suenos Marriott at Playa Herradura.
Another great thing about this airport in Costa Rica is that in addition to supporting international travel, the flights in and out of its terminals include domestic destinations. If you are heading to another location within the country, you’ll have plenty of choices for travel.
Top international airlines fly into the San Jose airport, including Delta, American Airlines, JetBlue, Alaska Air, Southwest, US Airways, Spirit, British Airways, Avianca, Mexicana and many more.
The Juan Santamaria International airport provides easy access to all of the major hospitals and private clinics in the San Jose area.
Located in northern Costa Rica, the Liberia International Airport or the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport lies in Liberia, the capital ofGuanacaste province. Set up mainly to cater to those tourists who wish to enjoy the wonderful weather and great beaches of the North Pacific Coast, the Liberia International Airport sits some 217 km northwest of the capital city San Jose.
Fast becoming a major international airport exclusively for tourists who want to enjoy Costa Rica’s gorgeous Pacific coastline, arriving at the Liberia International Airport is the quickest way to reach places like Tamarindo, Playas del coco, Playa Negra, Golfo de Papagayo, Playa Grande, Playa Flamingo, Playa Hermosa and the Marino Las Baulas National Park.
Built on the Llano Grande plains, some 8 miles west of the city of Liberia, the Daniel Oduber International Airport is a full service airport with paramedical services, technical services, fueling services, a fire department and luggage handling services. Besides the usual airport facilities, there is a bank, restrooms, medical assistance, a snack bar and a restaurant on the airport premises as well.