The Costa Rica Tourism Board (ICT) announced Friday that JetBlue Airways plans to add four weekly nonstop flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Liberia, Costa Rica’s Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) starting November 17.
The airport is a 30-minute car ride from Guanacaste’s Papagayo beach and Santa Rosa National Park; a one-hour car ride from the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, featuring natural hot mud and sulfur springs, an active volcano, bubbling clay pots and numerous waterfalls and rivers, and less than two hours away from the Tenorio Volcano National Park, home of the Rio Celeste and the Miravalles Volcano.
The proximity to some of the country’s most celebrated beaches is also a big draw for all travelers, and among the most popular are Tamarindo, Ocotal, Hermosa, Carillo, Ostional and Cocos. Liberia is also rich with its own culture, and a stroll through the town’s center will introduce you to that history as seen with visits to the Ermita La Agonia, a historical church and museum.
Las Baulas Marina National Park is another nearby attraction for the giant leatherback sea turtle, and there are plenty of activities are also available in Monteverde, La Fortuna and the surrounding areas of the country’s Pacific Northwest. This new service on JetBlue’s Airbus A320 fleet will commemorate the debut of the new airport in Liberia which serves as the hub for Costa Rica’s Northwest region. Flights will operate Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.
Liberia will be JetBlue’s second destination in the country, in addition to San Jose’s Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), which is served daily from Orlando International (MCO) since March 2009.