Costa Rica has a lot of marine parks and a wonderful flora and fauna. Besides the famous Galapagos Islands in Ecuador and the Malpelo Islands off Panama, Cocos Island offers some of the best and most spectacular dive sites in the world. Big fish sightings are guaranteed.
Depending on your origin of travel there are several international gateways to Costa Rica:
From North America
Flights from the United States to San Jose are operating with Delta Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines from Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Miami, New York and Los Angeles. The airline depends on your departure airport.
From South America
Flights within South America are operating from Bogota, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Guatemala City, Guayaquil, Santiago de Chile and San Salvador via Panama City or Lima to San Jose. Airlines operating some of these flights are Copa Airlines, Taca International, Avianca and United Airlines.
From Australia and Asia
There are no direct flights from Australia or Asia to San Jose. If you travel from this region, you need to fly via the United States or South America.
There are flights from Sydney to Santiago with LAN or Qantas. You can also fly from Sydney to New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles with American Airlines, Delta Airlines or United Airlines or to Vancouver with Air Canada or Air New Zealand.
The 2 main hubs in Asia are Singapore and Hong Kong. Singapore Airlines flies to New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston, whereas Cathay Pacific flies from Hong Kong to Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. United Airlines and Delta Airlines also operate flights from Asia to North America.
There are direct flights with Iberia in Europe from Madrid to San Jose. Any other European airports will connect via Madrid or via North America (Atlanta or Miami).
As part of your travel plan we will happily assist you in finding the most suitable flight connections to your dive destination. In many cases we can issue the tickets on your behalf.
Air taxes are subject to strong fluctuations and can change daily or until your flight ticket has been purchased. Taxes generally include local airport/security fees, departure taxes, ground handling fees and fuel surcharges.
Should the most convenient route involve instant purchase airfares we can still issue them with your authorisation. All airfares issued by us will attract a small service fee and might be slightly more expensive then the cheapest offers online.
In general, airfares available for purchase online depend on day of departure and time of travel. Those instant purchase airfares require full payment at time of booking. If you choose to arrange your own flights online, we won't be able to provide any services for seat reservations, schedule or itinerary changes.
Please note that baggage rules and regulations are subject to change at any time.
From North America, most carriers charge fees for check-in baggage. Up to 2 pieces (max. 23kg/50lbs each) can be checked in. From Europe, Iberia allows 2 checked pieces of baggage (max. 23kg/50lbs each) at no charge. From Asia, the 2 piece concept also applies, usually at no extra charge and as long as weight limits are not exceeded. From Australia, charges apply for checked baggage.
Fragile items such as camera, regulator, dive computer etc., should be packed in a small bag and taken as carry-on luggage. Batteries from dive torches, strobes, cameras and other devices should be removed prior to check-in. Be sure your baggage is properly tagged.
International airport information
San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport is the main airport serving San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. There are two airport terminals, the main terminal serving international flights and the domestic terminal. The airport is located about 20km (12mi) west of downtown San Jose. The airport can be reached by car and bus. Licensed taxis are available at the airport. Bus services are frequent between airport and downtown.