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Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica


Costa Rica’s two international airports host 22 international carriers, representing 378 flights weekly into Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and 53 into Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) in Liberia.
Citizens of most nations are required to have a passport that is valid for at least 30 days beyond the date of your arrival in Costa Rica. (See the Costa Rica Embassy website for specifics http://costarica‑ When you arrive, your passport will be stamped. The law requires that you carry your passport at all times during your stay in Costa Rica.

Public Transportation
General Information

Local buses are the best (if rather slow) way of getting around Costa Rica. You can take one just about everywhere, and they’re frequent and cheap, with the longest domestic journey out of San José costing less than USD 10.


In San José taxis have meters, called marías (It is illegal not to use the meter.) Outside of San José most taxis don’t have meters, and fares tend to be agreed up­on in advance; some bargaining is quite acceptable.

Rental Cars

Most car‑rental agencies can be found in San José and in popular tourist destinations. Many agencies will insist on 4WD for extended travel, especially in the rainy season, when driving through rivers is a matter of course. Ordinary cars are pointless as soon as you leave the Interamericana Highway. Most rental vehicles are manual shift.

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