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Flights to San Jose (Costa Rica)

Cheap Flights to San Jose

San Jose, Costa Rica is one of the most diverse regions in the country and a welcoming destination for tourists. Filled with numerous popular attractions and bustling nightlife, San Jose is truly a cosmopolitan urban center that is a delight to visit.

As the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose is a political, economic and cultural hub. It is one of the most important destinations in Latin America and one of the world's fastest-growing destination cities by visitor cross-border spending.

Getting to San Jose

The primary airport serving San Jose, Costa Rica is Juan Santamaría International Airport. It is located near the city of Alajuela, which is about 20 kilometers from downtown San Jose. This airport is one of the busiest in Central America, with 4.5 million passengers being received in 2015. It is also widely considered to be one of the best airports in Latin America, having received several airport quality awards.

The secondary airport that services San Jose is Tobías Bolaños International Airport, which is located in downtown San Jose. This San Jose airport caters to both international and domestic flights as well as private charters, aviation schools, and many other flights. A shuttle service operates between Tobías Bolaños and Juan Santamaría International Airport.

The Best Time to Book a Flight to San Jose

The best time to visit San Jose, Costa Rica is during the dry season, which runs from mid-December until April. This is the peak tourist season, so you will want to book your flight to San Jose, Costa Rica early to avoid being disappointed.

Airlines that Fly to San Jose

Juan Santamaría International Airport is a hub for both Nature Air and Sansa Airlines, as well as a focus city airport for Copa Airlines and Avianca. The airport is also served by major international airlines such as Air Canada Rouge, WestJet, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Air Transat and many, many more.

What to See and Do in San Jose

San Jose is Costa Rica's capital and one of its most important and interesting cities. Given its status, it's obvious that there is a lot to see and do in San Jose, Costa Rica. From museums and art galleries, to parks, dining options and active nightlife, there is something for everyone. The eco-tourism options available alone make San Jose one of the coolest travel destinations in the world.

As the capital and largest city in Costa Rica, San Jose is a vibrant city filled with Victorian charm, renovated landmarks and stylish hotels.

The city was built on the coffee trade and remains home to several incredible specialty coffee houses as well as coffee tours through plantations and roasteries. If you love great coffee, you'll love San Jose.

San Jose has several transportation networks that connect the various city districts and metropolitan areas. This includes private bus companies, state-owned railway, and public taxi services. Uber has entered Costa Rica, but the government is frequently at odds with the ride-sharing company over local public transit laws.

Tips for Visiting San Jose & Costa Rica Travel Advisories

There is currently no nationwide travel advisory for Canadians visiting Costa Rica. However, it is recommended that you exercise a high degree of caution due to crime. Avoid carrying items such as jewellery or smartphones and only carry small amounts of cash. Many tourist areas tend to be hotspots for theft, pickpocketing, and other such crimes.

A tourist visa is not required for Canadian travellers to Costa Rica, as long as stays are 90 days or less. Canadians are required to have a valid passport to enter the country and must demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to be there. A copy of your latest bank statement showing that you have at least $100 USD in your account for each month in the country may be requested before entry.

Costa Rica is listed as a country where mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission has been reported, and thus the Public Health Agency of Canada current recommends that pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy avoid travel to this country.

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