The fastest way to get to Costa Rica is by air. You can either land at the Juan Santamaria International Airport just outside of the capital San Jose in Alajuela, or at the Daniel Oduber airport in Guanacaste the Juan Santamaria International Airport is the first and oldest airport in Costa Rica. It is also called the San Jose Airport even though it is located in Alajuela. It was named after the national hero Juan Santamaria, who died in the Battle of Rivas in 1856 fighting the army of American invader William Walker. It is close to very important hotels and just 15 min. away from downtown San Jose.
This airport is international as well as national. Very important commercial airline companies land here like American Airlines, Delta, Continental, US Airways, American West, Spirit, Air Canada, Taca, Mexicana, Cubana and Iberia.
The Liberia International Airport or the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport is in Guanacaste. A growing number of tourists are landing here because of the beautiful beaches that this province has. This saves them a 4-5 hr. drive. From there they can reach places like Playa Hermosa, Papagayo Gulf, Ocotal, El Coco, Playa Flamingo, Playa Grande, Baulas National Park and Tamarindo
Daniel Oduber was president of the country. He was one of the most visionary presidents and he backed up progress and development. The airport was opened in 1995, with its first commercial flight arriving here from Miami, Florida.
There is a major local airport, Tobias Bolanos, in Pavas, and a number of local airports and airstrips all over the country. All these airports, local and international, serve domestic flights from the major local airlines Sansa, Paradise Air and Nature Air.