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 8 airlines have announced new flights into Liberia.

Frontier Airlines announced non-stop service from Denver, Colorado, its hub, to LIberia. The line already flies into Juan Santamaría airport in Alajuela. The Liberia service will start Feb. 13, 2011 the airline said. The Frontier flight will leave from Denver at 8:25 a.m. Sunday mornings, arriving in Liberia at 2:35 p.m. The return flight will leave Liberia at 3:25 p.m., arriving in Denver at 8:10 p.m. The new flight will be offered only on Sundays.

Apple Vacations, one of the biggest U.S. wholesalers, is putting on a direct Chicago to Liberia flight starting Jan. 14, 2011The flight will bring 190 vacationers to Guanacaste every week. You can book airfare only with them and avoid the "all inclusive" hotels they promote and see the real Costa Rica.

AirCanada will be making a weekly run between Montreal and Liberia, Guanacaste, starting in December 2010 and will carry 120 passengers each Monday.

 The British travel wholesaler via its Thomson Airlines will begin operations between London's Gatewick Airport and Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia Nov. 2, 2010 The flights on Tuesday will be with a Boeing 767. The direct flight takes 11 hours, and the plane has a capacity of 258 passengers.

Air Berlin will begin flights to Liberia's Daniel Oduber airport Nov. 12, 2011 the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo said Wednesday. The flight from Dusseldorf also will stop in Cancún, México.

Sun Country adds new Flight to Liberia. Minnesota based airline, Sun Country Airlines, has added Costa Rica to its list of destinations, with non-stop flights from St. Paul to the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste. The flights are scheduled to start in January 2012. You can book "air only" tickets and not have to take their all inclusive packages and truly enjoy the real Costa Rica.

JetBlue Airways is adding more flights to Costa Rica, announcing the start of their four weekly non-stop flights between New York's John F Kennedy International Airport and the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste, starting November 17. The airline announced prices of under us$300 for flights that will operate on Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays.

Delta Air Lines announced the addition of a new weekly flight to Costa Rica from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport beginning in January. The flight to and from the Liberia, Guanacaste, airport will operate every Saturday using 160-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The former Northwest Airlines suspended the service to Costa Rica in 2008, the same year Northwest was acquired by Delta.


Liberia is on the growing list of destinations, as more airlines offer direct and non-stop flights to Costa Rica's beaches and resorts.

Due to the increase in fuel prices some airlines are modifying their schedules and connecting flights, sometimes without notifying ticket holders. Please confirm your flights at least one week before your flight dates. Due to FAA and US government requirements airlines in Costa Rica must now send passenger manifests to Langley 2 hours before take off, once that manifest has been sent you will not be able to check in for your flight.

Airlines flying into Liberia Airport (airport code LIR)

Continental out of Houston and Newark
American Airlines out of Miami and Dallas
Delta out of Atlanta,  Los Angeles and Minneapolis
Air Canada out of Toronto and Montreal
US Air out of Charlotte
United out of Chicago
Frontier Airines out of Denver
Apple Vacations out of Chicago

Air Berlin out of Dusseldorf
Thomson Airlines out of London

Sun Country out of St Paul

JetBlue out of JFK NY

There are also Charters flying into Liberia from Toronto, Oakland, Dallas, Atlanta, Cleveland, New Jersey and Boston at various times throughout the year.

The international airport in San Jose is a 3-4 drive or a 30 minute local flight to Rancho Armadillo.

Below are toll free phone numbers and internet links to some of the commercial US airlines that fly into San Jose.

American Airlines: 800-433-7300
Air Canada: 800-247-2262,
British Airways: 800-247-9297
Continental Airlines: 800-525-0280
Delta Airlines: 800-354-9822
Northwes Airlines: 800-225-2525
United Airlines: 800-241-6522
Alaska Air

Passports Required

The Costa Rica Government has decided that all persons entering Costa Rica must have a valid passport. That includes US citizens. But hey, at least we aren't fingerprinting our tourists.

Surf Boards and Luggage tips

 Continental has announced new baggage restrictions . Each ticketed and confirmed Economy Class passenger will be allowed two checked bags on international flights.   the maximum allowance per piece is 50 lbs (23 kg) and 62 linear inches (157 cm) per piece. Expect the other airlines to follow.

The most economic method to surf here is to buy a board and sell it when you leave.  Delta and American Airlines charge $100 extra each way for boards, bags included.  It's possible to find a board in good shape for much cheaper than the cost of flying one down here.  An added benefit is that boards bought down here don't get beat up on the plane and a surfer can sell the board when they are done with it and get some money back.  But for those who would rather deal with airline restrictions and fees instead of going without their favorite boards, here are the rules:

Delta Airlines doesn't allow any baggage over 80 inches long according to the company's Web site.  Long boarders must find another airline or buy a board down here.  Unfortunately, long boards at reasonable prices can be difficult to come by.  Delta's policy is that anything over 62 inches costs an extra $100 dollars each way.  This means that all but the youngsters who can still float on a 5-foot board can expect to pay $100 each way.  Boards must be checked in a case designed to protect them or the passenger must sign a limited release tag which says that the company will not be responsible when your board gets trashed which it will if you don't have the proper packaging. 

American and Continental both have larger bag restrictions (115 inches).  But American's over-sized package price matches that of Delta. Continental's is $20 cheaper. 

Sometimes airlines have baggage embargoes during high seasons.  Continental has an embargo against oversized baggage in much of Latin America but Costa Rica is exempt.  Surfers can still bring their boards here.  However, Continental has a policy that each passenger may only take one board bag with a maximum of two boards.