So there are two main options for getting to Costa Rica by air, either you fly into the San Juan Santamaria International Airport (in San Jose) or you can fly into Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (in Liberia). When flying from Canada (in our case out of Calgary, AB) we first fly to Toronto, then on a 5 hour flight to Liberia. The frequency of available flights from Canada varies throughout the year. You will find more available flight options between December thru April than you will May thru November. High Season (which is the dry season) in Costa Rica is typically from November'ish to April'ish.
At the end of the day, when the views are like this, it makes #gettingtoCostaRica on a 12 hour trek from Calgary so worth it....time and time again.
So, we figured out that we wanted to have a home somewhere in the tropics, but where? There are so many things to consider, from overall climate, to culture, language, government, healthcare, and so on...the list just goes on. So it was time to hit the internet and start doing some research. We wanted a place that was a popular destination for tourists, but also most importantly for ex-pats. If there's a good solid population of ex-pats there must be something pretty special about the place. Let's face it for the most part people won't be too keen on moving to a country that is in complete chaos, has lousy healthcare, a terrible economy, and a government that is a complete disaster (sounds somewhat familiar). Throughout our research we kept reading about Costa Rica - one of the happiest countries in the world....heck, lets go check it out.
A few airline tickets later...