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Today Alaska Airlines announced that it is adding service from Los Angeles to Costa Rica. Eight weekly flights will begin to San Jose (SJO) and Liberia/Guanacaste (LIR) on October 31 and November 1.
Costa Rica is a beautiful destination. I traveled there for New Year’s Eve last year and stayed at a Hilton property and at the Andaz Papagayo. It is an adjustment to get used to the slower-paced “pura vida” lifestyle and service that the locals embody, but relaxation is a good goal for a vacation there.
While the new flights are timed to start during the rainy season in Costa Rica, experience shows that when it rains there, it’s not so bad. Take shelter under a palapa, and the skies will soon stop pouring forth. Even the rain is warm in this Central American country, where the water keeps the foliage lush.
Liberia airport is a convenient place to land if you want to visit the western coast and surf, paddleboard, snorkel, or partake in other water-loving sports. From that airport it is just a few hours’ drive in the other direction to the scenic mountainous rainforests. For city life, museums, and local urban culture, fly in to San Jose.
In its announcement Alaska Airlines said “Flights will be available for purchase for the new Costa Rica routes starting May 21, pending approval by Costa Rican civil aviation authorities.” The addition of the Costa Rican service further builds up Alaska’s presence in Los Angeles, where direct flights to Baltimore, to begin in September, were also recently added. With these additions, Alaska flies direct from Los Angeles to 21 destinations.
Have you been to Costa Rica? What was your favorite activity or region?
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