There are currently two international airports in Costa Rica. The largest, Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) in Alajuela, is located within the Central Valley region north of San Jose. The other airport, Daniel Oduber Airport (LIR) in Liberia, facilitates access to destinations in the northwestern Guanacaste region. Additionally, many destinations in Costa Rica can be reached by short domestic flights. By following the destination links below, you can find lodging, activities, and transportation in the areas surrounding these Costa Rican airports.


Judging by its exterior, the capital city of Costa Rica, San José, is merely an ugly conglomerate of outdated commercial buildings and decrepit infrastructure—potholed streets and crumbling sidewalks that wind without reason through a mishmash of seemingly thrown together corrugated metal and plaster. Rated 6.2/10 by visitors.

Hiking   Shopping   Rafting  

Alajuela, nicknamed City of the Mangoes, is one of the most important cities in Costa Rica. Rated 7.5/10 by visitors.

Shopping   Night Life/Bars & Rest   Coffee Tour  

Escazú is considered by most to be one of the most posh, trendy and upscale suburb of the San José metropolitan area. Rated 6.2/10 by visitors.

Shopping   Night Life/Bars & Rest  

Due to excellent facilities and its close proximity to scores of attractions, Liberia is an ideal stopover for many visitors. Rated 8.0/10 by visitors.

Horseback Riding   Shopping   Hiking  

The Liberia Airport acts as a gateway to exploring the Nicoya Peninsula and northern regions of Costa Rica.

Horseback Riding   Shopping   Hiking  

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