April 5th, 2010 categories: Costa Rica Travel
The Liberia airport in Costa Rica is a good choice if you’re staying in Guanacaste on the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It’s just 15-20 minutes from Playa Panama and Playa Hermosa and an easy drive that has no traffic. Thanks to the advice from a friend in Costa Rica, we learned how to do this: the tour buss crowds start arriving about 2 hours before the flight, so get to the airport about 2.5 hours early. Park your car just outside the gates, free, take your bags and check in. At this hour there are no lines to pay your exit fee/tax or to check in your luggage.
That done, get back in your car and drive to Liberia to get your on-flight meals, for instance at the Subway in Liberia and shop for last minute gifts of coffee or chocolate at the Jumbo supermarket in Liberia, and then perhaps go to the Hilton Garden Inn
across from the airport for some delicious ice cream.
Finally, return your rental car (we like Poas, which is right across from the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Aiport of Liberia) and have them drive you back to the airport. Then you can sit for a few minutes in the open air reception area before boarding your flight back to the US.