Finding Cheap Flights to Costa Rica

July 17, 2009 by Justilien 

Finding inexpensive flights to Costa Rica can be simply depending on where you live and the flexibility of your schedule.

Direct Flights
First find out if any airports near you offer direct flights to Costa Rica. That’s where you will find the best deals. People who live near Fort Lauderdale/Miami can get tickets from the budget airliner Spirit Air for as low as $9 each way. Of course that doesn’t include taxes and fees. It’s still a real bargain. American Airlines normally has $79 specials from South Florida.

Start by checking out the discounted rates of places like

Unpublished Deals
Check the airline websites directly. While aggregator sites, such as and, are useful they often don’t give you the lowest price. Here’s an example. This past week I was booking a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Mexico. Both Kayak and Jetblue were $20 to $40 more expensive.

In addition airlines website such as Jetblue, American Airlines, Continental and Delta allow you to search for lower fares with nearby dates.  AA makes it very easy with the format below.

American Airlines to Costa Rica

American Airlines Example

Sort by Trip Length

Sidestep also has a great search feature to sort deals by the length of the trip. Often promotional airline fares are not available for extended trips. This allows you to remove all the fares for shorter trips. This is very important for expats living abroad and those taking extended vacations.  Since Costa Rica normally gives 90 day tourist visas it attracts a lot of telecommuters, self-employed and snow birders.

Smart Sort for Flights

SideStep Example is another great tool to find low cost airline tickets to Costa Rica. You can even bookmark the airport you normally fly out of. Here’s an example for people looking for flights to San Jose from JFK You will notice they list the specific departure and return dates for each deal.


Costa Rica International Airports
San Jose – Juan Santamaría International Airport
Liberia  – Daniel Oduber International Airport


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