Costa Rica is a Central American country with a remarkable location geographically, firstly, because it’s part of the Central American isthmus, which is bordered by the Caribbean and Pacific Oceans. Secondly, Costa Rica connects South America to Central America. Its location has made it an exotic destination with greatly diverse flora and fauna; it’s a destination that anyone would love to visit.

If you are thinking about coming to Costa Rica, this is the information that you should know about the airports that connect this nation to the rest of the world. This can help you to plan your trip carefully.

The main international airports are Daniel Oduber (in Liberia) and Juan Santamaría (in San José). There are also landing strips where local airlines operate national flights daily, to and from the most popular vacation spots.

Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR)


This airport is in the northern Pacific, 13 km from the city of Liberia, 15 km from beautiful, touristic beaches, and 227 km from San José, Costa Rica’s capital. The airport is named in honour of former president Daniel Oduber Quirós, and it is close to part of Costa Rica known as the “Golden Coast” on the Nicoya Peninsula

This region has countless paradisiacal beaches, surrounded by lush nature. For these reasons, the Liberia Airport is the second busiest in Costa Rica (second to Juan Santamaría), and the ninth busiest in all of Central America.

Daniel Oduber International Airport receives an average of 53 weekly flights, with approximately 1500 passengers per day. It’s a full service airport, which means that it offers fuel supply services, as well as paramedics, repair people, firefighters, and baggage handling. It also has a bank, a snack bar, and medical assistance available.

Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

This airport is in the city of San José, and stands out for being Costa Rica’s first and biggest airport. It’s located approximately 30 minutes from the capital city’s main hotels, and it is named in honour of a national hero.


It’s characterized for being the airport that receives the most travelers, which is why it offers essential services such as restaurants, ATMs, convenience stores where you can buy world famous Costa Rican coffee and crafts, a duty-free store, and a VIP area with wireless internet access and other conveniences for business.

Juan Santamaría International Airport works in accordance with the international regulations set forth by the International Civil Aviation Organization

The airport uses security measures that restrict liquids and unauthorized substances in carry-on luggage, as well as medications and other articles that are not permitted on board the airplanes.

Airlines that fly to Costa Rica

Both of Costa Rica’s international airports are flown to by airlines from the United States, as well as other international airlines. The following is a list of some airlines that fly to each one of Costa Rica’s airports:

Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR)

Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

  • American Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Copa
  • Delta
  • Air Canada
  • Nature Air
  • Sansa
  • Air Canada
  • Delta Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Southwest
  • United Airlines
  • AeroMéxico
  • Avianca
  • Air France

It’s important to remember that both airports are completely smoke-free, which means that smoking is prohibited inside the airport, and there are no designated smoking areas. When Costa Rica joined the list of Smoke-Free Countries in 2012, the country adopted a non-smoking regulation in all public spaces.

While passing through Costa Rica’s airports, customs officials will check your luggage. The maximum weight of your luggage will be determined by your airline of choice. To enter the country, you must fill out an immigration slip that will be provided by airport officials. At the airport, you can make the best use of your time by checking into your hotel, renting vehicles, or exchanging currency.

Costa Rica’s international airports offer the best conditions so that your experience in this country starts off in the right way. Remember to check all requirements and suggestions before your trip, to avoid any inconvenience.

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