Costa Rica Expeditions

What about international flights?

A unique vacation plan is customized for you, but international flight are not included

When Travel Specialists are working to customize a vacation, it is common that some of them, often come back and ask if we can organize international flights.

The answer is no, Costa Rica Expeditions does not do international air, we rather decide focusing our entirely attention on our area of expertise which is our guest´s in-country arrangements.

Where can I look for flights?

For your international flights, there are many possible sources, but here you will have two that we recommend, and you may consider:

Exito Travel: We think of Exito Travel as a human travel agency, better than a website such as Kayak, Expedia or Priceline because as people with a long experience in airfare they may do a better job finding the optimal itineraries than a search engine. If you want to talk to them there is an actual human being that is happy to get on the phone with you and answer your questions, yes!

They’ll provide a no obligation airfare quote and itinerary within hours of filling out their online quote request. Usually, they will send 2-3 different options so that you can see the different possibilities.

Kayak: Is a website specialized in flights, as well as hotel reservations, car rentals, tours, etc…We do recommend using Kayak for international flights only.  Booking separated services such as a car rental, a tour, a hotel night here and there is not ideal for a Costa Rica Vacation, this is the reason you have us, to facilitate and make your vacation stress-free and a truly unforgettable experience.

Where should I arrive and depart?

If your vacation starts in the Central Region of the country, Heredia, Alajuela, San José, Cartago, of your first destination is the Osa Peninsula, Manuel Antonio, Jaco, Puntarenas or the east coast (Limon, Puerto Viejo, Cahuita, Tortuguero), you should plan to book a flight arriving at the Juan Santa Maria International Airport in San Jose, the airport code is SJO (Please make sure you don’t book a flight to San Juan Puerto Rico, or San José California, yes, it has happened!)

If your vacation ends at one of these locations, you should book your departing flight leaving from the same airport.

However, if at the end of the itinerary, you are staying in the North Pacific Coast, places like Liberia, Tamarindo, Coco Beach, Papagayo. Samara, Santa Teresa, Nicoya, you should plan to depart from the Liberia Airport, the airport code is LIR.

The reason behind this idea is that these regions are located at approximately 4-5 hours driving from the San José Airport, therefore it is more convenient departing from the Liberia Airport which is located an average of 1 hour depending on where you are staying, it may take 2 hours and from some locations it takes only 45 minutes.

If your vacation starts and ends in the North Pacific Coast, at one of the regions mentioned above, therefore a roundtrip to Liberia would be most convenient.

If your vacation starts and ends in the Central Region of the country, or the other places mentioned above, a roundtrip flight to San José is the most convenient

What happens if my flight arrives at an airport that is too far away from my destination, or if I depart from a region that is too far away from my departing airport?

No panic, we take care of you, we can organize any type of arrangements for you from any point of the country to get you on time to your Airport, just let us know where you are staying and your flight information and we will take care of you

Times of flights

As a general rule in order to maximize your time in the country, we suggest that you arrive as early as possible, preferably before 3:00 PM and that the day of your departure you depart after 2:00 PM, however we understand that this is not always possible, therefore if at least you can get either an early arrival or a late departure, it would be wonderful, so that we can maximize your vacation time in the country.

If you still have doubts about how to book your flights, before you get in contact with any international flight supplier, please don’t hesitate to our Travel Specialists and they will let you know the best logistics, before you book your flights. 

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