Landing at Juan Santamaria Airport airport Costa Rica

Landing at Juan Santamaria Airport airport Costa Rica

landing at costa rica
Landing at costa rica
So you fullfilled your dreams and finally decided to travel to Costa Rica. After long weeks of preparing your journey, you borded your plane and are flying right to Costa Rica. When traveling from Europe to Costa Rica you have had a long journey. Flying from Madrid is about eleven hours. These long flights are exhausting, but the easiest way to escape from your home country and explore something new.

After you arrived at Juan Santamaria Airport airport and you picked up your lagguage all you want to do is get to your hotel and take a nap.

Mastering the airport exit

But the first thing you have to master is theairport exit. The moment you exit the airport you will be introduced to a large crowd of ticos trying to get you a taxi. Dozens of ticos will shout and you will think. Oh my god. What is this country?
But keep in mind there are a few police men around which will keep you save.

The airport exit in san jose costa rica
The crowd introduces new tourists to Costa Rica
If you have a rental car, try to find a guy carrying a sing of your car rental. He will help you to get to your car. In the case you don't have a car, make sure to get picked up by your hotel shuttle service. If this fails just ask a friendly looking tico to help you. He might call your hotel or car rental.

Hotels near the airport

There are two hotels near to the airport I would recommend. They are reachable within 10-15 minutes. Hotel La Rosa de America is a very nice hotel inside a beautiful garden located about 10 minutes from the airport. Hotel Country Inn & Suites is located about 15 minutes from the airport on the direction to san jose.

costa rica airport
The Costa Rica airport


  1. The closest hotel to the airport is the Courtyard by Marriott. It's about a mile away, near the Walmart.

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