Detailed Trip Planning

Step 1

Flights to/from Costa Rica

Two International Airport:

Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), 17 km outside San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.

Liberia International Airport (LIR), located in the northern town of Liberia.


American, Alaska, United, Frontier, COPA Panama, Delta, US Air, Continental, America West, Southwest, LACSA, Mexicana, Taca, and many other airlines fly to Costa Rica.

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We recommend that you allow 2 hrs between your international and domestic flights on both ends of your trip for customs, baggage claim, and ticketing.

Step 2

Getting to us from the international airports:

There are two ways of getting to/from Santa Teresa: a domestic flight or a shuttle bus. We highly recommend the flight, as it allows for more time at the beach.

Domestic Flight:



If you’re looking to squeeze every ounce of vacation time in, we recommend booking a 30-minute puddle jumper ($60-$140 each way), leaving from SJO or LIR, and arriving in Cobano.

From SJO, both Sansa and Green Airways depart right next to the San Jose airport in the domestic terminal.

From LIR, only Sansa offers flights to Cabano. They are only once per day, so be sure they line up with your international flight.

Once in Cobano, expect a 1-hour taxi ride. Taxis cost approximately $40/each way for 1-4 people and $15 for each additional person. We will schedule a taxi to pick you up in Cobano, so look for a sign with your party’s name or the “Pura Vida Adventures” sign.

There are limited flights and seats to Cobano, so make your reservation early!

SANSA AIRLINES  |  email  |  011-(506) 2290-4100  |  Toll free USA: 1-877-767-2672

We can help you book your Sansa flight! Please contact us and we will gladly help you reserve your domestic flight.

COSTA RICA GREEN AIRWAYS  |  email  |  011-(506) 4070-0771  |  Toll free USA: 1-888-828-8471


Daily Shuttle Bus

Tropical Tours provides a door to door shuttle bus services to/from Santa Teresa.

The shuttle bus leaves San Jose, Liberia, and Santa Teresa daily and will pick you up at the airport or your hotel. The price is $50/per person each way.

Please contact Tropical Tours directly at

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Hotels in San Jose

If you need to stay the night in San Jose, we recommend the following hotels:

Holiday Inn Express

Closest Hotel to the Airport

Standard Room for 1-2 people: $150-$200 + 13% tax

Hotel Fleur de Lys

Victorian House converted into a hotel, includes breakfast
(011)506-223-1206 | [email protected]

Standard Single: $78-$100 = 13% tax
Double: $76-$86 + 13% tax

Best Western Irazu

Close to Airport, full breakfast
(011)506-2520-2483 or 800-528-1234

Room for 1-2 people: $93.75-$150 + 13% tax

Marriott Hotel San Jose

Close to Airport
(011)506-298-0000 or 1-800-228-9290

Rooms for up to four people: $159-$200 + 13% tax

Los Volcanes Alejuela

Simple, clean hotel near the airport, Alajuela, includes breakfast, a complimentary taxi to the airport
[email protected] | (011)-506-2441-0525

Accommodation with shared bathroom: $35 single, $46 double, $60 triple
Accommodation with private bathroom: $46 single, $60 double, $74 triple

Solo Travel

Costa Rica is a beautiful country and a perfect place for solo travelers to meet like-minded people, seek adventure, and explore an entirely different culture. In fact, about 30 percent of our students come to our surf and yoga retreats as solo travelers! If you have anxiety about traveling alone, check out our Solo Traveler section for specific details, articles, and information about the safety and fun of traveling in Central America.

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