Costa Rica Airports

Costa Rica Airports

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There are currently two international airports in Costa Rica. The largest, Juan Santamaría Airport (SJO) in Alajuela, is located within the Central Valley region north of San José. 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. Familiarizing yourself with the regional geography of Costa Rica's airports can help you take the stress out of planning your late night arrival or early morning departure. By following the destination links below, you can find lodging, activities, and transportation in the areas surrounding these Costa Rican airports.

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SJO Airport in Alajuela

SJO Airport in Alajuela

Alajuela is a suburb of San José, and is a good option for a convenient stay when you're traveling to and from San José International Airport (SJO). Besides its prime location, it also has plenty of restaurants and cafes to recommend it for a short stay. From Alajuela, it's just a short taxi ride to downtown San José. It's also possible to skip the capital city and go straight for adventures in the volcanoes and jungles that makeup central Costa Rica.
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LIR Airport in Liberia

LIR Airport in Liberia

Liberia is home to the second busiest international airport in Costa Rica, also known as Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR). This is a good choice if you want to start your vacation on the beaches of Guanacaste. Liberia itself is a small town with a few options for travelers who want to have a comfortable stay near the airport. Once outside of the town, you will find yourself on quiet roads surrounded by scenic ranches. Once you reach the coast, you'll have your pick of beautiful beaches like Playa Planamá and Playa Hermosa.
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La Fortuna Airport
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Liberia Airport
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