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An Air Traveller's Guide to Costa Rica

*Return fares per person, including taxes, excluding the £4.99 booking fee.

Flights to Costa Rica

An image of natural beauty combined with relaxed seaside resorts and interesting colonial towns makes the thought of getting some flights to Costa Rica very tempting. Even more tempting is the fact that you can grab very cheap flights to Costa Rica with BudgetAir at any time of the year.

About Costa Rica

You cannot explore Central America without getting flights to Costa Rica. This varied country, hemmed in on both sides by the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, has a plethora of natural attractions to recommend it, from cloud forests and smoking volcanoes, to beautiful beaches and exotic wildlife.

It also has distinct local cultures which you can find out about when you have disembarked from your flights to Costa Rica. On the eastern side is Limon where the Afro-Caribbean culture thrives with its Creole food and Caribbean English. Then there is Guanacaste bordering with Nicaragua with its roots deep in cowboy territory and folklore.

Costa Rica is the spiritual home of eco-tourism, but you can expect more than palm roofs and a bowl of organic mung beans because this is luxury vacationing, just with a conscience. The mist that lingers in the forests peels back in places to reveal hundreds of toucans and rare wildlife like quetzals to leatherback turtles can be seen regularly. Arenal Volcano puts on mighty shows almost daily, and nearby hot springs soothe away any aches sustained whilst surfing and white-water rafting on gorgeous beaches and rambunctious rivers.

Different places to go to in Costa Rica

  • Tamarindo is a prime spot for surfing, fishing, diving and working on your tan. Spot leatherback turtles along the beaches from October to May whilst you sample the local cuisine in a laid back beach cafe.
  • San Jose is a bustling, high energy town built on the profits of the coffee trade; try freshly roasted local beans at Mercado Central or dance the night away in the Spanish village-inspired El Pueblo.
  • The tiny hamlet of Jaco is the ultimate hideaway for those wanting to get away in the sun, with cinnamon-hued volcanic-sand beaches, lush green rain forest and beautiful mountains. Explore the rain forest on horseback, learning about the flora and fauna or you can visit the Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls, where you’ll find millions of plants, flowers and orchids from around the world.

Must see spots in Costa Rica

If you are a wildlife enthusiast then you simply must buy some flights to Costa Rica so you can visit Tortuguero. It is one of the main areas where three types of turtles lay their eggs, August being the peak month to see the most hawksbills and green turtles.

For more marine life, head for Parque Nacional Cahuita with its coral reef and colourful inhabitants, plus howler monkeys, kingfishers, and sloths in the coastal rainforest. The cloud forests of Monteverde alone make the Costa Rica flights worth it, with nearly 500 species of butterflies, 100 mammal species, and more than 400 different types of birds.

For a lively entertainment scene, head to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca for dancing to reggae by night and surfing the Salsa Brava by day.

Cheap flights to Costa Rica with BudgetAir

Many travellers and backpackers choose flights to Costa Rica because of the country’s biodiversity and ecotourism roots. The rainy season runs from May to November so flights to Costa Rica are generally better value at this time. So do not get left behind – book some bargain flights Costa Rica bound through BudgetAir to experience some of the 161 parks and reserves.

*Return fares per person, including taxes, excluding the £4.99 booking fee.

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