List of airports in Costa Rica

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This is a list of airports in Costa Rica , sorted by location.

Airport location where aircraft take off and land

An airport is an aerodrome with extended facilities, mostly for commercial air transport. Airports often have facilities to store and maintain aircraft, and a control tower. An airport consists of a landing area, which comprises an aerially accessible open space including at least one operationally active surface such as a runway for a plane to take off or a helipad, and often includes adjacent utility buildings such as control towers, hangars and terminals. Larger airports may have airport aprons, taxiway bridges, air traffic control centres, passenger facilities such as restaurants and lounges, and emergency services. In some countries, the US in particular, they also typically have one or more fixed-base operators, serving general aviation.

Costa Rica Country in Central America

Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica, is a sovereign state in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the northeast, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island. It has a population of around 5 million in a land area of 51,060 square kilometers. An estimated 333,980 people live in the capital and largest city, San José with around 2 million people in the surrounding metropolitan area.


Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica, is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Caribbean Sea to the east.

Nicaragua Country in Central America

Nicaragua, officially the Republic of Nicaragua, is the largest country in the Central American isthmus, bordered by Honduras to the northwest, the Caribbean to the east, Costa Rica to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. Managua is the country's capital and largest city and is also the third-largest city in Central America, behind Tegucigalpa and Guatemala City. The multi-ethnic population of six million includes people of indigenous, European, African, and Asian heritage. The main language is Spanish. Indigenous tribes on the Mosquito Coast speak their own languages and English.

Panama Republic in Central America

Panama, officially the Republic of Panama, is a country in Central America, bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital and largest city is Panama City, whose metropolitan area is home to nearly half the country's 4 million people.

Caribbean Sea A sea of the Atlantic Ocean bounded by North, Central, and South America

The Caribbean Sea is an American Mediterranean Sea of the Atlantic Ocean in the tropics of the Western Hemisphere. It is bounded by Mexico and Central America to the west and south west, to the north by the Greater Antilles starting with Cuba, to the east by the Lesser Antilles, and to the south by the north coast of South America.

The country is divided into seven provinces, which are subdivided into 81 cantons and 463 districts. Costa Rica's capital and largest city is San José.

Provinces of Costa Rica

According to Article 168 of the Constitution of Costa Rica, the political divisions are officially classified into 3 tiers of sub-national entities.

Cantons of Costa Rica political subdivision of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is administratively divided into seven provinces which are subdivided into 82 cantons, and these are further subdivided into districts. Cantons are the only administrative division in Costa Rica that possess local government in the form of municipalities. Each municipality has its own mayor and several representatives, all of them chosen via municipal elections every four years.

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City served Province ICAO IATA Airport name Coordinates Runway  /  Elevation  (m)
International airports
Liberia Guanacaste MRLBLIR Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport 10°35′42″N85°32′40″W / 10.59500°N 85.54444°W / 10.59500; -85.54444 (Daniel Oduber International Airport) 07/25: 2750x45 m, asphalt (82 m)
Limón Limón MRLMLIO Limón International Airport 9°57′28″N83°01′22″W / 9.95778°N 83.02278°W / 9.95778; -83.02278 (Limón International Airport) 14/32: 1800x30 m, asphalt (2 m)
San José Alajuela MROCSJO Juan Santamaría International Airport 9°59′35″N84°12′33″W / 9.99306°N 84.20917°W / 9.99306; -84.20917 (Juan Santamaría International Airport) 07/25: 3012x45 m, asphalt (921 m)
San José San José MRPVSYQ Tobías Bolaños International Airport 9°57′27″N84°08′19″W / 9.95750°N 84.13861°W / 9.95750; -84.13861 (Tobías Bolaños International Airport) 09/27: 1566x23 m, asphalt (1002 m)
Domestic airports
Barra del Colorado (es) Limón MRBCBCL Barra del Colorado Airport 10°46′06″N83°35′08″W / 10.76833°N 83.58556°W / 10.76833; -83.58556 (Barra del Colorado Airport) 16/34: 1000x12 m, concrete (1 m)
Carrillo Guanacaste MRCRPLD Playa Sámara - Carrillo Airport 9°52′14″N85°28′52″W / 9.87056°N 85.48111°W / 9.87056; -85.48111 (Carrillo Airport) 09/27: 1200x20 m, gravel (2 m)
Coto 47 Puntarenas MRCCOTR Coto 47 Airport 8°36′00″N82°58′02″W / 8.60000°N 82.96722°W / 8.60000; -82.96722 (Coto 47 Airport) 18/36: 1000x20 m, asphalt (8 m)
Drake Bay Puntarenas MRDKDRK Drake Bay Airport 8°43′08″N83°38′30″W / 8.71889°N 83.64167°W / 8.71889; -83.64167 (Drake Bay Airport) 09/27: 750x11 m, asphalt (4 m)
Golfito Puntarenas MRGFGLF Golfito Airport 8°39′13″N83°10′53″W / 8.65361°N 83.18139°W / 8.65361; -83.18139 (Golfito Airport) 13/31: 1400x20 m, asphalt (15 m)
Guápiles, Pococí Limón MRGPGPL Guápiles Airport 10°13′02″N83°47′49″W / 10.21722°N 83.79694°W / 10.21722; -83.79694 (Guápiles Airport) 03/21: 1100x10 m, concrete (269 m)
La Fortuna (es) Alajuela MRANFON Arenal Airport 10°28′09″N84°34′44″W / 10.46917°N 84.57889°W / 10.46917; -84.57889 (La Fortuna Airport) 06/24: 800x10 m, asphalt (115 m)
Los Chiles Alajuela MRLCLSL Los Chiles Airport 11°02′04″N84°42′23″W / 11.03444°N 84.70639°W / 11.03444; -84.70639 (Los Chiles Airport) 06/24: 1400x16 m, asphalt (40 m)
Nosara Guanacaste MRNSNOB Nosara Airport 9°58′34″N85°39′10″W / 9.97611°N 85.65278°W / 9.97611; -85.65278 (Nosara Airport) 04/22: 1000x18 m, asphalt (10 m)
Palmar Sur Puntarenas MRPMPMZ Palmar Sur Airport 8°57′01″N83°28′06″W / 8.95028°N 83.46833°W / 8.95028; -83.46833 (Palmar Sur Airport) 03/21: 1400x12 m, asphalt (15 m)
Puerto Jiménez Puntarenas MRPJPJM Puerto Jiménez Airport 8°32′07″N83°18′04″W / 8.53528°N 83.30111°W / 8.53528; -83.30111 (Puerto Jimenez Airport) 16/34: 822x18 m, asphalt (2 m)
Punta Islita Guanacaste MRIAPBP Punta Islita Airport 9°51′22″N85°22′15″W / 9.85611°N 85.37083°W / 9.85611; -85.37083 (Punta Islita Airport) 03/21: 800x12 m, asphalt (2 m)
Quepos Puntarenas MRQPXQP Quepos La Managua Airport 9°26′34″N84°07′47″W / 9.44278°N 84.12972°W / 9.44278; -84.12972 (Quepos La Managua Airport) 04/22: 1100x11 m, asphalt (26 m)
San Isidro de El General San José MRSI San Isidro de El General Airport 9°20′55″N83°42′45″W / 9.34861°N 83.71250°W / 9.34861; -83.71250 (San Isidro de El General Airport) 02/20: 802x18 m, asphalt (640 m)
Tamarindo Guanacaste MRTMTNO Tamarindo Airport 10°18′56″N85°48′44″W / 10.31556°N 85.81222°W / 10.31556; -85.81222 (Tamarindo Airport) 07/25: 800x9 m, asphalt (13 m)
Tambor Puntarenas MRTRTMU Tambor Airport 9°44′21″N85°00′58″W / 9.73917°N 85.01611°W / 9.73917; -85.01611 (Tambor Airport) 12/30: 700x12 m, asphalt (10 m)
Tortuguero Limón MRAOTTQ Tortuguero Airport 10°34′02″N83°30′50″W / 10.56722°N 83.51389°W / 10.56722; -83.51389 (Tortuguero Airport) 02/20: 950x12, asphalt (25 m)
Upala Alajuela MRUPUPL Upala Airport 10°53′31″N85°00′58″W / 10.89194°N 85.01611°W / 10.89194; -85.01611 (Upala Airport) 04/22: 1000x12 m, asphalt (56 m)
Other airports
Buenos Aires Puntarenas MRBABAI Buenos Aires Airport 9°09′46″N83°19′49″W / 9.16278°N 83.33028°W / 9.16278; -83.33028 (Buenos Aires Airport) 01/19: 990x10 m, concrete (370 m)
Cabo Velas Guanacaste MRCV Cabo Velas Airport 10°21′15″N85°51′14″W / 10.35417°N 85.85389°W / 10.35417; -85.85389 (Cabo Velas Airport) 04/22: 1000x10 m, asphalt (10 m)
Cañas Guanacaste MRLP Las Piedras Airport 10°21′20″N85°12′17″W / 10.35556°N 85.20472°W / 10.35556; -85.20472 (Las Piedras Airport) 05/23: 800x8 m, asphalt (25 m)
Puntarenas Puntarenas MRCHJAP Chacarita Airport 9°58′53″N84°46′21″W / 9.98139°N 84.77250°W / 9.98139; -84.77250 (Chacarita Airport) 09/27: 1500x25 m, asphalt (2 m)
Dieciocho Puntarenas MRDO Dieciocho Airport 8°54′12″N83°25′35″W / 8.90333°N 83.42639°W / 8.90333; -83.42639 (Dieciocho Airport) 10/28: 980x12 m, gravel (6 m)
El Carmen de Siquirres (es) Limón MREC El Carmen de Siquirres Airport 10°12′06″N83°28′16″W / 10.20167°N 83.47111°W / 10.20167; -83.47111 (El Carmen de Siquirres Airport) 06/24: 1000x12 m, concrete (17 m)
Finca 63 Puntarenas MRFS Finca 63 Airport 8°39′N83°04′W / 8.650°N 83.067°W / 8.650; -83.067 (Finca 63 Airport) 15/33: 1000x15 m, gravel (11 m)
La Flor Guanacaste MRLF La Flor Airport 10°39′00″N85°32′05″W / 10.65000°N 85.53472°W / 10.65000; -85.53472 (La Flor Airport) 07/25: 950x10 m, asphalt (55 m)
Laurel Puntarenas MRLE Laurel Airport 8°26′25″N82°54′30″W / 8.44028°N 82.90833°W / 8.44028; -82.90833 (Laurel Airport) 11/29: 984x15 m, asphalt (20 m)
Nicoya Guanacaste MRNCNCT Nicoya Airport 10°08′21″N85°26′44″W / 10.13917°N 85.44556°W / 10.13917; -85.44556 (Nicoya Airport) 10/28: 963x18 m, gravel (120 m)
Palmar Sur Puntarenas MRFI Nuevo Palmar Sur Airport 8°55′00″N83°30′25″W / 8.91667°N 83.50694°W / 8.91667; -83.50694 (Nuevo Palmar Sur Airport) 03/21: 1000x15 m, gravel (8 m)
Palo Arco Guanacaste MRPA Palo Arco Airport 9°51′07″N85°14′15″W / 9.85194°N 85.23750°W / 9.85194; -85.23750 (Palo Arco Airport) 02/20: 1000x17 m, asphalt (100 m)
Pandora Limón MRPD Pandora Airport 9°43′56″N82°59′00″W / 9.73222°N 82.98333°W / 9.73222; -82.98333 (Pandora Airport) 08/26: 900x12 m, concrete (30 m)
Siquirres Limón MRSA San Alberto Airport 10°08′53″N83°29′30″W / 10.14806°N 83.49167°W / 10.14806; -83.49167 (San Alberto Airport) 09/27: 1000x12 m, asphalt (27 m)
Santa Clara de Guapiles Limón MRSG Santa Clara de Guapiles Airport 10°17′17″N083°42′47″W / 10.28806°N 83.71306°W / 10.28806; -83.71306 (Santa Clara de Guapiles Airport) 01/19: 1010X12 m, asphalt
Santa Maria de Guacimo (es) Limón MRSO Santa Maria de Guacimo Airport 10°16′15″N83°35′00″W / 10.27083°N 83.58333°W / 10.27083; -83.58333 (Santa Maria de Guacimo Airport) 08/26: 1000x12 m, asphalt (10m)
San Vito Puntarenas MRSVTOO San Vito de Java Airport 8°49′N082°57′W / 8.817°N 82.950°W / 8.817; -82.950 (San Vito de Java Airport) 08/26: 963X18 m, asphalt (984 m)

See also

Transport in Costa Rica

There are many modes of transport in Costa Rica but the country's infrastructure has suffered from a lack of maintenance and new investment. There is an extensive road system of more than 30,000 kilometers, although much of it is in disrepair; this also applies to ports, railways and water delivery systems. According to a 2016 U.S. government report, investment from China which attempted to improve the infrastructure found the "projects stalled by bureaucratic and legal concerns".


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