We Have 10 Days To See Monteverde, Arenal, And Manuel Antonio; Is It Better To Fly Into Liberia And Fly Out Of San Jose?
Last updated on May 2nd, 2020 at 11:31 am EST
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We have 10 days to see Monteverde, Arenal, and Manuel Antonio; is it better to fly into Liberia and out of San Jose?
That depends on whether there is any advantage to you flying into Liberia. If flights from your hometown to Liberia are less expensive than flights to San Jose, if flying into Liberia offers your preferred flight schedule, or if there’s a particular Liberia-area sight or activity you wish to experience, then yes, it would be best to fly into Liberia and out of San Jose.
Alternatively, you could fly into and out of Liberia, however, given that Manuel Antonio–the last Costa Rica destination you plan to visit–sits closer to San Jose than Liberia, it would be slightly better to fly out of San Jose. Note our use of the word “slightly” here. Since the difference in drive time between Manuel Antonio and the SJO Airport (approximately 3 hours) and Manuel Antonio and the LIR Airport (approximately 4 hours and 45 minutes) is only 1 hour and 45 minutes, you may find you’d prefer to put up with the extra drive time to Liberia in order to book a round-trip flight, especially if the cost of flying into and out of Liberia is significantly less than the cost of flying into Liberia and out of San Jose. Since one-way flights to and from different airports typically cost more than a round-trip flight (into and out of the same airport), if this is the case for the flights you are looking at, you may find that saving yourselves the extra 1-hour-and-45-minute drive is not worth the added flight expense.
If you feel there is no advantage to flying into Liberia, or, if there is a particular advantage to you flying into San Jose, we would recommend planning to fly into and out of the SJO Airport. Why? Because drive times between both Monteverde and Arenal are roughly the same from the SJO Airport as they are from the LIR Airport. If you plan to visit Monteverde first as your question suggests, the drive will take approximately 3 hours to get to Monteverde from the airport in Liberia, versus approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes to get to Monteverde from the airport in San Jose. In this case, we bet you would agree that flying into and out of San Jose would be the smartest option. As an added bonus, if you opt to fly into San Jose and travel to Monteverde from there, although you will still encounter some bumpy roads as you enter the Monteverde region from this direction, you will avoid the worst/slowest/bumpiest section of road that falls along the route between Monteverde and Liberia.
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