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SJO Airport (courtesy of bestcostaricadmc)

The Juan Santamaría International Airport, airport code SJO, is a midsize airport in San Jose, Costa Rica, located centrally in the middle of the country. It is the country’s largest airport with two terminals, and a variety of services including: Currency Exchange, Car Rental Shuttles, Bus Service and Taxi Service.

Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)
Alajuela Province, Alajuela, Costa Rica
+506 2437 2400
No Curfew

The other airport in Costa Rica is located in Liberia, which is in the north western part of the country. Liberia mainly serves the states, while San Jose flies to many international destinations and the Caribbean. The main airport is located above ground in a dome shaped building with long corridors. Upon arrival you must first pass through immigration and once cleared head to the lower level to exit into the city. Once you reach the outer doors, you’re met with full on mayhem from people who are yelling and trying to grab your attention, trying to sell you something, or get you to come with them on some excursion.

Upon departure, there is an Costa Rica exit tax that you may have to pay at the airport, depending on which airline you are flying, and if it was included in your fare. You’ll pass through customs, and have all your bags scanned. After completing this step you can make your way to the terminals.

There are about 20 different retail stores, and 30 restaurants, plus a children’s playground. This isn’t the most decked out airport, but it’s got all the basics and is small enough to easily navigate without a lot of fuss.

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