How to get from Australia / New Zealand to Costa Rica by air travel?

For Australians and New Zealanders, Costa Rica is a second alternative as a surf destination. But crowded home spots and political unrest and threats in popular surf destinations like south or south east asia could bring Costa Rica some consideration when going for a surf vacation. Here some air travel information.

All major Australian and New Zealand cities offer connection to San José, Costa Rica, like

  • Adelaide
  • Auckland
  • Brisbane
  • Cairns
  • Canberra
  • Gold Coast
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Sydney
  • Wellington

There are two routes to Costa Rica:

The common, over-US route takes around 21 hours (from London, UK it’s about 15 hrs). The major hub for Costa Rica in the US is Miami, although they exist direct flights from Los Angeles too. Consult your travel agent!

Visa requirements: Australians and New Zealanders may enter Costa Rica without a visa and remain for up to 90 days.

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