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CityCodeAirport Name
Arenal FTN       See La Fortuna
Barra del Colorado BCL Aeropuerto Barra Colorado
Coto 47 OTR Aeropuerto Coto 47
Drake Bay DRK Drake Bay Airport
Fortuna FTN See La Fortuna
Golfito GLF Aeropuerto Golfito
La Fortuna FTN Aeropuerto Arenal, Aeropuerto La Fortuna
Liberia LIR Aeropuerto Internacional Daniel Oduber Quiros
Limon LIO Aeropuerto Internacional Limon
Nosara Beach NOB Nosara Beach Airport
Palmar Sur PMZ Aeropuerto Palmar Sur
Playa Samara PLD Aeropuerto Playa Samara, Carrillo
Puerto Jimenez PJM Aeropuerto Puerto Jimenez
Punta Islita PBP Aeropuerto Punta Islita
Quepos XQP Aeropuerto Quepos
San Jose SJO Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaria
San Jose SYQ Aeropuerto Internacional Tobias Bolanos, Pavas
Tamarindo TNO Aeropuerto Tamarindo
Tambor TMU Aeropuerto Tambor
Tortuguero TTQ Aeropuerto Tortuguero

Other
   
Bocas Del Toro PN BOC Bocas del Toro
Changuinola PN CHX Manuel Nino
David PN DAV Enrique Malek
Granada NI GRA Granada
Managua NI MGA Managua
Panama City PN PTY Tocumen Int'l
Panama City PN PAC Paitilla
San Carlos NI NCR San Carlos

Almost always international flights to Costa Rica must go to San Jose (SJO) or Liberia (LIR). Flight segments continuing to other airports require using a domestic airline such as Sansa, http://www.flysansa.com/, or Nature Air, http://www.natureair.com/. Nature Air uses the municipal airport of Tobias Bolanos instead of the international airport. There are many airports in Costa Rica. However, not all Costa Rica airports have regularly scheduled flights. In fact, some small airports have no regularly scheduled passenger services.

Some regional airports in Costa Rica are only served by small "local" airlines which do not make their fares available to major travel web sites. For flights out of that sort of city, you would need to research which airlines serve the city and locate their web site or phone number by any means you have at your disposal.

Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica (Spanish: Costa Rica or Republica de Costa Rica), is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south-southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Costa Rica was the first country in the world to constitutionally abolish its army.

The highest point in the country is Cerro Chirripo, with 3,810 metres (12,500 ft), and is the fifth highest peak in Central America. The highest volcano in the country is the Irazu Volcano. The largest lake in Costa Rica is Lake Arenal. Costa Rica protects over 25% of its national territory within national parks. It also possesses the greatest density of species in the world. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve hosts 2,000 plant species including numerous orchids. Over 400 types of birds can be found here, as well as over 100 species of mammals. Costa Rica as a whole has over 800 species of birds.

The life in Costa Rica is fairly easy-going, Costa Ricans are reportedly some of the nicest people in the world. The most common main dish eaten in Costa Rica is Gallo Pinto, or beans and rice. Restaurants charge a 10% service charge already, so tipping is not a necessity, however if the service was exceptional it is polite to slip the waiter or waitress a couple of extra dollars. Tour guides and taxicabs can be tipped from $3 to $20, depending on the service and the tour.

In recent times electronics, pharmaceuticals, financial outsourcing, software development and ecotourism, have become the prime industries in Costa Rica's economy. High levels of education among its residents make the country an attractive investing location. There is currently a real estate land rush with Americans investing heavily. Over 100,000 Americans already live full-time in Costa Rica.

In contrast to the neighboring Central American nations, the Spanish component is rather strong in Costa Ricans. Most Costa Ricans are either primarily Spanish or of mixed heritage (Mestizo). In addition, there are significant numbers of Costa Ricans of Italian, German, Jewish, and Polish descent. Together, Mestizos and European descendants make up a full 94% of the population. Just under 3% of the population is of black African descent who are called Afro-Costa Ricans and are English-speaking descendants of 19th century black Jamaican immigrant workers. There are also small Chinese and indigenous populations.

Christianity is a major religion in Costa Rica. Some 92% of Costa Ricans are Christian. Like many other parts of Latin America, Protestant denominations have been enjoying rapid growth. However 3 in 4 Costa Ricans still adhere to Roman Catholicism.

The locals refer to themselves as tico or tica (female). "Tico" comes from the locally popular usage of "tico" diminutive suffixes (e.g., 'momentico' instead of 'momentito'). The tico ideal is that of a very friendly, helpful, laid back, unhurried, educated and environmentally aware people. Visitors from the United States are often referred to as gringos, which is virtually always congenial in nature. The phrase "Pura Vida" (literally pure life) is a motto ubiquitous in Costa Rica. It encapsulates the pervading ideology of living in peace in a calm, unflustered manner, appreciating a life surrounded by nature and family and friends.
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