The secret is out. Well, the secret has been out for a while but now it’s even easier to access. Costa Rica, a long time, beloved destination for travelers, backpackers, tourists, and retirees from around the world just got even easier to access thanks to the addition of new flights to the country’s second international airport and an expansion project that is going to change the face of the country’s Guanacaste and Puntarenas Provinces.
The Daniel Oduber International Airport, Costa Rica’s second international airport after Juan Santamaria International Airport located in San Jose, is getting a make-over and becoming a more used and more trafficked airport. Located in Liberia, the provincial capital of the Guanacaste Province, the Pacific northwestern corner of the country, this airport recently expanded its arrivals with an added Jetblue flight leaving out of Boston, direct flights from Houston with Southwest Airlines, and flights from Los Angeles with Alaska Airlines. In addition to these three U.S. based airlines, British carrier Thompson Airways also opened a direct flight from London to Liberia.
Thanks to these additional flights and services, this region of Costa Rica just got even easier to reach making it a perfect getaway for a short or long vacation. In the past visitors to Costa Rica had to fly into the capital, San Jose and then head to the beaches of both Guanacaste and Puntarenas by bus, shuttle, or rental car. The roads in these provinces were not always in great condition and the added hours to the trip made it difficult for some visitors. Thanks to flights into and out of Daniel Oduber International Airport, the beaches of the Guanacaste are as close as a 30 to 45 minute drive.
Guanacaste and Puntarenas are both located on the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica’s largest peninsula at 75 miles long. These two provinces are home to some of Costa Rica’s most popular and most beautiful beaches. The drier northern region, Guanacaste is home to the famous surf town of Tamarindo and other surf spots, such as Playa Grande, Langosta, Avellanas, and Playa Negra, drawing surfers of all skill levels to check out the waves and laid back beach vibes. Puntarenas, the southern province sees more rainfall and is home to lush, tropical jungle that comes right out to the shoreline. Here, hidden gems such as Santa Teresa and Montezuma lay waiting to be discovered. These more remote southern beach communities were always much harder to reach with poor road conditions and hours away from San Jose. Thanks to the close proximity of Daniel Oduber International Airport, reaching these magical beaches is now an option for many travelers who would not have been able to make the journey before.
CORIPORT, the company that manages the Liberian airport announced a $10 million expansion project, scheduled for completion in 2017. The expansion comes after the airport saw a 12% increase in the number of passengers arriving in the airport over the past year. Once the expansion is complete, the airport is likely to see an increase of flights into and out of Daniel Oduber International Airport once again.