Jet Blue to add NYC – Guanacaste route in November

Fabled in surf circles, Witch's Rock is in Guanacaste's Santa Rosa National Park

Good news for New Yorkers heading for the beaches of Costa Rica. Starting on November 17, Jet Blue will add four weekly direct flights from JFK airport In New York City to Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport (LIR)  in Liberia, the provincial capital of Guanacaste province.

The timing is perfect. November is when the rainy season tapers off and the sun begins to shine its brightest. The northern Guanacaste coast is known for great surfing, fishing, and ecotourism.

Landing in Liberia puts visitors within 30 minutes of northern Guanacaste beaches like Playas del Coco and Tamarindo. Flying in to San José means a 4 to 5-hour drive if you want to get to those same beaches. (Also see Are the Roads in Costa Rica as Bad as They Say?)

On Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, Flight 1691 (a A320) will leave JFK at 9:40 a.m., landing in Liberia at 2:05 p.m. The return flight will leave Liberia at 3 p.m. and arrive in New York at 9 p.m.

A Jet Blue blog post says the Liberia airport will open a new terminal just in time for the first Flight 1691 in November.

Other airlines that already fly to Liberia include Delta, Continental, TACA and American Airlines

Now, please, Jet Blue: how about a direct flight from San Francisco (or Oakland) to Liberia? I promise to turn somersaults and spread the word.