San Jose International Airport

Written by Patricia Skinner
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Although the San Jose International Airport is Costa Rica's main airport, it is still small by comparison. As a result, flying into Costa Rica is by no means the struggle that we are all familiar with in international airports. Usually, you should be clear of customs and on your way within twenty minutes.

Merits of San Jose International Airport

Speed, however, is not the only thing that this airport has to recommend it. International travelers extol its virtues again and again because it is clean, neat and efficient. This is just the kind of experience you want when you're on vacation, especially if it is your once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation, or your honeymoon. Bad airport experiences can ruin a trip, no doubt about it.

The reason so many travelers fly into Costa Rica through San Jose International Airport, and make San Jose their hopping off point to the rest of the country is simple. San Jose is pretty central and from here you can easily and quickly reach any other part of the country. If you don't want to spend a lot of time traveling head for the Papagayo Gulf beaches that are really close to San Jose. You'll be vacationing in no time at all.

San Jose International Airport, which is known to locals as the Juan Santamaria airport, has a small selection of great gift shops. There is the usual selection of souvenir stores and others where you can check out selections of free chocolate and coffee bean samples, so make sure you don't miss them. Some travelers bewail the lack of places to eat here, but since you're only minutes away from a great choice of local hotels and restaurants, it shouldn't be too much of a problem.

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