The text of this page is copyrighted © by   Hunter Publishing Company. To order
the complete Travel Guide to Costa Rica Click here ( Photos by 1 Costa Rica Link )
HOME - Tour, Vacation & Hotel Guide to Costa Rica - Maps, Rental Cars, Accommodations Way to Go

English Home
Español Home
Deutsch Home
Nederlands Home
Français Home

23 Best Vacation Packages
Costa Rica Information
Provinces, Regions, Maps
Hotels by Regions, Towns
Costa Rica Car Rentals
Beaches of Costa Rica
National Parks, Reserves
Costa Rica Tours
Activities / Things to Do
Costa Rica Restaurants
Nightlife / Casinos
Costa Rica Real Estate
Yellow Pages / Shopping
Photo Tours by Towns
About us / Comments
Climate / Weather
San Jose, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Surfing
Sportfishing / scuba Diving
Contact 1 Costa Rica Link 
Costa Rica Video - learn about living or working in Costa Rica 
and retirement

Over one million visitors !!

Adventure Guide to Costa Rica

Never a ship sails out of the bay But carries my heart as a stowaway ~ Roselle Mercier Montgomery, writer, 1874-1933

I In 1999 for the first time, Costa Rica welcomed over one million visitors, a majority from North America. Nearly all arrived by plane into San José’s Juan Santamaría International Airport, 20 minutes from downtown San José. Awhole flock of airlines from around the world service Costa Rica, including Continental ( 800/ 525-0280,, with twice daily flights from Houston and one from Newark; American ( 800/433-7300, from Miami and Dallas; Delta ( 800/221-1212, with links from Atlanta; United (800/241-6522, connects in Mexico City or Guatemala from Chicago, LA and DC; and LACSA ( 800/535-8780, LASCA was formerly the national airline of Costa Rica and is now part of a Central American conglomerate with many direct flights and connections. It takes somewhere between three and seven hours to fly in from most major US cities to San José. Some charters are now flying direct to Liberia’s new international airport, making it convenient if you’re going to Guanacaste or Nicoya.

Students and faculty might do well phoning Council Travel (.800-226- 8624, Air-Tech, Ltd., ( 212/219-7000, www., is a ticket consolidator that offers great last-minute deals on charter flights from major cities in the US. We have flown with them on stand-by and saved a bundle.

Regional airlines connect to various small airports around the country from either Juan Santamaría, the main airport in San José, or Tobias Bolano in the Pavas suburb.

Any good US travel agent can make advance arrangements with a number of reputable tour wholesalers such as Tico-owned Nature Tours ( 800/444-3990), based in Louisiana, who have many years experience in Costa Rica. You might even try contacting them directly – ask for Carlos or Marinela. They’re very knowledgeable. In addition, several good tour companies in the States can make all or many of your arrangements for you. Expert Costa Rica tours can be made with Costa Rica Experts ( 800/827-9046,; Holbrook Travel ( 800/451-7111,, who owns several properties in Costa Rica so it claims a vested interest in tourism; Costa Rica Connection ( 800/345-7422,; Halintours ( 800/786-8207,, Tours by Joyce (. 888/264- 6604); Tropical Travel ( 800/451-8017,; and Rico Tours ( 800/280-7426, All specialize in Costa Rica. Costa Rica Trekking ( 506/771-4582, has professional guides that run three organized treks in the Talamance Range, including one in Chirripó.

Also see the section on Local Adventures, Tours & Day-Trips in San José for local Costa Rican-based tour operators and agencies who can arrange your entire vacation or just day-trips and activities.

Live, Retire, Relocate to Costa Rica Book by Christopher Howard

Back to Travel Guide to Costa Rica Index Page

Travel Info to Peru, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Brazil and Ecuador

Costa Rica Information   Costa Rica Car Rentals   Costa Rica Restaurants   Regions, Provinces, Maps  
Beaches of Costa Rica   Nightlife / Casinos   Tours & Tour Operators   Parks / Zoos / Reserves   Retirement
Businesses / Retail Stores   Contact 1 Costa Rica Link   Hotels / Resorts   Costa Rica Real Estate   Photo Tour by Towns
Vacation Recreation   About us / Comments<
HOME to 1 Costa Rica Link for Hotels, Resorts, Tours, Travel & Vacation Information

Copyright © 1998 - 2005