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Getting to Costa Rica
Costa Rica is an exciting and popular travel destination, especially for those who have a liking for idyllic tropical paradises. Getting to Costa Rica is a manageable process, especially if you are living in America or major global cities like London, Madrid or Frankfurt.

By Air - Most international tourists, especially those who do not live in or near Central America, reach Costa Rica by air. There are two major airports in Costa Rica: Juan Santamaria Airport and Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport. The former is located near San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, and is slightly more accessible than the latter. There are duty-free shops and a selection of places to eat within the airport itself. Quite a number of air services fly to Juan Santamaria Airport, and you can usually get a straight flight to here from places such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Madrid and Frankfurt. Take note that this airport charges an exit fee, so be sure to settle this in advance in order to avoid any unnecessary delays or complications.

The other airport is the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport. This is located in the Guanacaste province, near the Pacific Northwest coast. The accessibility is this airport is slightly lower than the other. However, you can still reach this airport directly from places such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Vancouver and London.

By Bus - Bus options are only available if you are traveling from adjacent countries such as Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Although this naturally takes a longer time than air services, the fares are much more affordable and there are constantly buses going to Costa Rica so you do not have to worry too much about booking in advance. There are a number of routes you can choose from, so be sure to find one that best serves your destination within Costa Rica.

By Boa - Entering Costa Rica by boat is only an option if you are in Panama. There are boat servies from Bocas del Toro to Costa Rica. The fare is usually very low; however, do take note that these boat services are conducted only in the mornings.

By Car - You can only reach Costa Rica by car by coming in from either Nicaragua or Panama, taking the Interamericana (Pan-American highway). This highway route is typically quite safe, although you are strongly advised to travel only in the day. It is frequently patrolled by police cars and there are a number of gas stations along the route.
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Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Costa Rica accommodation and vacation accommodation worldwide.
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