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Where to look for cheap flights to Costa Rica

Those looking to book cheap flights to Costa Rica should be prepared to be spellbound – this is the land of plush rainforests, simmering volcanoes and exotic caffeine stimulants. Its lavish landscapes will mesmerise you, as its paradisiacal beaches merge into magical, misty rainforests. The plethora of wildlife certainly brings the wow factor, but there are also cascading waterfalls to seduce you and hazy crater lakes to intrigue you. The local culture has a zest for life, and you might just fall in love with la pura vida, meaning “the pure life”. Embrace the enchantment of Costa Rica’s eye-opening natural wonders and the positivity of the local people.

How can I save money when booking flights to Costa Rica?

The simplest way to get cheap tickets to Costa Rica is to think about travelling out of season. Late May to November is considered the rainy season, so tickets are generally cheaper. However, there’s a peak in visitors during July and August, so your safest bet is to pick out the months of May, June, September or October. Most carriers drop their prices about four months before any intended flight. For example, if you’re looking to travel in January, September would be the best time to get cheap tickets to Costa Rica. There are two main airports: San Jose and Liberia (LIR). The best bargains from the UK are found flying into San Jose.

Best time to travel to Costa Rica

If you want to increase your odds of staying dry, then December to April would be the best time to travel, as it’s the country's dry season – although it does rain in Costa Rica all year round. December and January are the busiest months, as those from the northern hemisphere come to escape those dark, cold wintry days. Easter is another busy time of the year as the Costa Ricans celebrate Semana Santa with various cultural activities. You’ll need to book well in advance if you want to come and join in the festivities. If you’re not afraid of a little more rain and want a cheap flight to Costa Rica, come during May to November and pack a light rain jacket or poncho.

Who can fly me to Costa Rica?

There are no direct flights to far-flung Costa Rica from the UK, with most carriers stopping over at an airport in the USA or Canada. Tickets to Costa Rica are generally cheaper from one of the London airports. Air Canada offers a good value service from London Heathrow (LHR). You can pick up routes from northern airports like Manchester (MAN), but these involve two or more stops.

What to do once your flight to Costa Rica has landed

Costa Rica offers fascinating treasures to the adventurous and relaxed travellers alike. Head to the Pacific coast if lively surf towns and surfing are your thing. Shriek down a canopy zip line for a rush of adrenaline. Lose track of time while you sprawl across the sands of a deserted sleepy beach. Come face to face with nature on the Caribbean side, where the magnificent sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach. Whatever you choose, there’s plenty of magic when living la pura vida.

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