Airports and Travel
There are currently two international airports in Costa Rica. The largest, San Juantamaria 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.
Costa Rica is about the size of West Virginia, but ground transportation can take many hours on its rough, windy, and mountainous roads. Depending on your travel route, domestic flights may be the most convenient and sensible option. Traveling between some destinations can take up to 8 hours by ground, while a domestic flight can cut that travel time to 35 minutes- a major time saver, especially if you have only a short time in Costa Rica.
There are two daily domestic flight providers in Costa Rica: Sansa and Nature Air. Both providers are based in the San Jose metropolitan area. Nature Air uses the Tobias Bolanos Airport in Pavas, next to downtown San Jose, while Sansa operates out of San Juantamaria International Airport (SJO) in Alajuela, approximately 20 minutes from Pavas.
Liberia Airport - Northern Region of Nicoya Peninsula