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San José, Airport San José Juan Santamaría (SJO), Costa Rica

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    General Information

    Airport Map San Jose Costa Rica

    Airport Code: SJO

    Number of Terminals: 1


    Airport and flight schedule information is shown on the information boards. There is a tourist information desk in the arrivals area.

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    Ausstattung & Infrastruktur


    The airport has ATMs from various banks, several bureaux de change and a bank branch.


    Passengers and visitors have free Wi-Fi internet access in the terminal building. The public telephones function with pre-paid telephone cards or credit cards. Several shops in the baggage claim area and at departure gate 9 sell SIM cards and pre-paid cards from local service providers.


    The airport has a series of restaurants with local and international cuisine. There are also cafés, snack bars and fast food restaurants before and after security. The largest selection of options is available in the food court at departure gate 5.


    In the departure area, there are shops selling clothing, books, travel guides, magazines and souvenirs. Duty-free shopping (libre de impuestos) is available.


    Spas and beauty salons are located at departure gates 5 and 10.
    The airport is equipped with defibrillators. A Red Cross station is open at all hours for medical emergencies. Pharmacies are located at departure gates 4 and 10.

    Conference & Business

    There are two lounges at departure gate 5, one on the upper and one on the lower level, where office services for business passengers are offered.




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    Juan Santamaría International Airport is accessibly designed for passengers with restricted mobility. It is equipped with facilities such as wheelchair-accessible ramps and lifts, disabled toilets and designated disabled parking spaces. Passengers who require support or who would like to borrow a wheelchair should inform their airline of their needs in advance and contact the service provider Sky Cap (tel: +506-833 04 03).

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    Visa & Immigration

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    Hotels in San José


    San José is the centre of the country and almost all visitors will pass through at one point or another. From small guest houses to international chain hotels, accommodation is available in all price classes and levels of luxury.

    In the centre, it can get very lively at night. Otoya and Barrio Amón are quieter areas, where many boutique hotels have recently opened in the renovated historic buildings.

    Hotel Grano de Oro

    Calle 30, Avenida 2/4
    San José
    Costa Rica
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    Category: Luxurious

    This luxury hotel, which is housed in a historic building from 1910, is considered one of the best hotels in Central America. The opulent interior in a colonial style harks back to the time of the coffee barons. The courtyard terrace, which is in use by the hotel’s outstanding in-house restaurant, is particularly beautiful.

    Casa de las Tias

    Del cruce Escazu-Santa Ana
    San José
    Costa Rica
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    Category: Luxurious

    This little hotel is situated in the middle of a beautiful park, around six kilometres east of San José city centre in San Rafael de Escazú. The rooms are decorated with artwork by local artists. This charming establishment is recommended for everyone looking for a comfortable, quiet and authentic Costa Rican stay.

    Hotel Don Carlos

    Calle 9/19, Avenida 9
    Barrio Amon
    San José
    Costa Rica
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    Category: Moderate

    This boutique hotel in the up-and-coming Amón district offers double rooms, family rooms and suites. It occupies one of the elaborately renovated wooden houses there. The reception can arrange tours of San José, and trips to Tortuguero and the Irazú volcano.

    Hotel Alameda Cariari

    Casa 22/Calle Miraflores Bosques de Doña Claudia
    Ciudad Cariari, Asuncion
    San José
    Costa Rica
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    Category: Moderate

    This boutique hotel is located in a villa district near a golf course between Alajuela and San José. The ten rooms are bright and comfortably furnished, and the hotel also has an outdoor pool. The location and facilities make this hotel ideal for guests who want to relax before or after a long flight.

    Capital Hostel de Ciudad

    Avenida 16A
    San José
    Costa Rica
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    Category: Budget

    This friendly and modern hostel near the Parque La Sabana is a popular choice for young guests and families. There are both ensuite rooms and dormitories with a shared bathroom. A well-equipped kitchen is available for all guests. Breakfast is included in the price.