We got up at 4 am on New Year's Day and left the house at 5 am to travel to Heathrow. We took a 10 hour flight to Houston where we had a 3.5 hour wait until our next flight to Liberia in northern Costa Rica. The airport was like no other airport I've ever been to. We walked down the steps from the plane, it was dark and the heat hit us and walked a very short distance into what looked like an open sided barn where we had our passports checked and then collected our bags from a very old and squeeky carosel and were out the front of the airport in about 10 minutes! We waited outside the airport and after a few minutes the minibus from the hotel collected us and drove us the 5 minutes up the road to the Hilton Garden Inn. The hotel was very posh but 2 cocktails and bar snacks cost $30! We looked a bit out of place with our backpacks.