December through April are the most popular times to visit Costa Rica. Many travelers are seeking somewhere warm and dry to spend their winter vacations. Costa Rica airfare this time of year can easy be $600 or more. As with any destination, it is possible to find cheaper Costa Rica airfare if you can book your trip in advance and during mid week. If you can manage to find a ticket in the $300 to $400 range, it’s a deal.
The off season for Costa Rica is May through November. This slow season is due to the countries rainy season. If you don’t mind putting up with showers here and there, you could save a few hundred dollars on your Costa Rica airfare and accommodations. With these dates it can be easy to find Costa Rica airfare for under $400.
Some of the smaller Latin American airlines offer lower airfare to Costa Rica, but at a cost. Airlines such as Taca and Mexicana tend to have several stops and sometimes even make unscheduled stops. If you are specific time table I would recommend against these airlines. However, if you are on a budget, or just don’t care how long it takes to get to Costa Rica, then this is a good way to find cheap Costa Rica airfare.
There are two main airports in Costa Rica. These are located in San Jose and Liberia. Most flights from the US fly into San Jose International Airport. Delta, American Airlines, US Airways, American West, and Continental all have nonstop flights to Liberia International Airport. These flights come from their hubs in Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte, Phoenix, and Houston.
Its generally cheaper to fly into San Jose, but if you plan on spending most of your time on the West coast, Liberia is a better choice. This will save you a commuter flight or a 5 hour drive.
Major Airlines that fly to Costa Rica
These airlines currently offer airfares to Costa Rica from the US:
- American Airlines
- American West
- US Airways
- Grupo Taca
If you are flying from elsewhere in the world, you can take a flight to a major hub city such as, Miami or New York, and then take a direct flight to Costa Rica.