San Jose - Alajuela - Juan Santamaria International Airport

San Jose - Alajuela - Juan Santamaria International Airport

Where It’s Located:

Located 30 minutes from the heart of San Jose, the nation’s capital, Juan Santamaria International is the main hub of air transportation to and from Costa Rica. Although it is titled the San Jose airport, it actually lies just across the city limits in the neighboring city of Alajuela, thought the two form the country’s largest metropolitan area.

As you are leaving the airport, there are a few things to keep in mind. If you are headed into downtown San Jose around commuting hours (7-10am and 4-6pm) you can find yourself stuck in very heavy traffic. If you are headed out into the country, things should be less congested, but it is the most crowed area in the country.

What to Do:

Near the airport in the surrounding city of Alajuela, there are many hotels, hostels, and restaurants, and we are happy to help make recommendations if your arrival or departure time necessitates.

If you like the city, San Jose and Alajuela form a large metropolitan area with lots to offer in terms of Arts, Museums, culture, and sports. Hot spots to see and take photos of include the national theatre, the many museums in San Jose, the National Stadium, and a quick drive to the north to See Poas Volcano and it’s stunning crater national park.

Also, as you are reading up on travel guides, you might find mention of a $29 departure tax to be paid in the airport before you leave the country. Starting in 2015, many of the larger airlines started including this in the price of the ticket, so check your reservation for the $29 Costa Rican tax, and if you are unsure contact your airline.

What to Wear:

San Jose is in the center of the country, and a little cooler then the surrounding areas. The city has it’s hot days, but at night can cool off enough for you to want a jacket and even pants. Also, being more of a city, the dress is  little more formal then the rest of the country, so if you’re looking to not stand out, keep that in mind.

How to Get There:

Below, you will see some price estimates for travel to and from Juan Santamaria International Airport. For an exact quote, click on either of the “Quote” buttons above or below and we’ll be happy to help you plan your journey.

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