Lately we’ve been admiring the cheap flight deals to the Caribbean, which are looking very good early in the season like this, but for many people Central America is an even better destination for a winter holiday, and a fare sale on right now makes it even more enticing.
Better yet is the news that the current fare sale is actually to the smaller international airport in Costa Rica, which is much closer to where the desirable Pacific coast resorts are in the north of the country. Usually it’s cheaper to fly into the capital of San Jose, but that airport is quite a long distance from where most of the beach resorts are.
Destination: Costa Rica
Right now the fare sale on Continental Airlines has nonstop flights from New York to Liberia airport in Costa Rica starting at $330 round trip. From Los Angeles the best deal is currently $580 to Liberia, but only $360 to San Jose Airport.
There are various resort cities up and down the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and if you can save a lot of money by flying into San Jose then it’s worth it to choose a closer one. For example, the surfer town of Jaco Beach is fairly close to the San Jose Airport, where you can get a van to haul a group there in about two hours, and there are a few luxurious resorts there where you can spend most of your time on the beach and also check out the interesting little town if you like.
But for those from the east coast you’ll appreciate flying into Liberia airport where you can take a 60-minute or less taxi ride and be at Tamarindo or Papagayo, which are two of the more notable resort areas, but there are many more in this same area.
If you want an all-inclusive resort there are many to choose from, so you’ll be able to soak up the sun on the beach all day and enjoy exciting nightlife all night without having to leave the property. But if you are the type who likes to make things up as you go there are many independent hotels in these same areas.
This is a tourism-dense part of Costa Rica, with many English-speaking expats living there as well, so you’ll be able to get by easily even with little or no Spanish. If you stay in some of the independent places you can also save quite a bit of money and have a more authentic experience at the same time, but it is quite a bit of work compared to staying in an all-inclusive beach resort.