For most visitors to San Jose, the city is little more than a brief stopover on their way to Costa Rica's more impressive natural wonders, including its rainforest and spectacular beaches. While it is true that Costa Rica's capital and largest city cannot compete with the the country's deservedly more famous rural beauty, it shouldn't be overlooked entirely. If you have a couple days to spend in San Jose then you will find a city with some excellent museums and impressive architecture. The city (and country's) main airport is the Juan Santamaria Airport, which has flights from many major cities throughout North and South America. Skyscanner's Whole Month search tool will show you when the cheapest time to fly to San Jose is.San Jose Travel Guide
Best Time to Book a Flight to San Jose
San Jose is always warm, with temperatures in the mid to high 20s throughout the year. The year is divided between a wet season and a dry season, with the wet season running between April and November. Be advised that during the wet season some rural roads may become impassable. The driest, and therefore the best, months to visit are January to March when the sun almost never ceases to shine.
Airlines that Fly to San Jose Juan Santamaria Airport
Costa Rica is a major year-round sun destination and flights to North and South America and even to Europe are quite easy to come by. While some routes are only offered seasonally, most operate throughout the year. Some of the biggest airlines that currently fly to San Jose Juan Santamaria Airport are:
- Air Canada
- Air France
- Air Transat
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- British Airways
- Copa Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- JetBlue Airways
- Southwest Airlines
- Spirit Airlines
- United Airlines
What to Expect at the Airport
San Jose Juan Santamaria Airport is generally considered one of the better and easier to use airports in Central America. Once you collect your bags and head for the exits, you'll have a couple of options for getting to San Jose itself. Licensed airport taxis, which can be identified by their orange colour, are the most reliable taxis for getting to the city and they accept payment in both colones and U.S. dollars. Unlicensed taxis will likely try to overcharge you. The drive to the city centre takes about 20 minutes. An ATM in the departures area dispenses both colones and U.S. dollars. You can also rent a car at the airport for the duration of your stay.
What to See and Do in San Jose
San Jose is Costa Rica's political, economic, and cultural capital and any visit to the country will involve at least one stopover in the city. San Jose is certainly crowded and not the most attractive city at first glance, but it does have its charms. The Gold Museum has an excellent collection of Pre-Columbian gold artifacts. The Teatro Nacional is a beautiful building and stages excellent productions of plays, symphonies, operas, and concerts. San Jose is also an excellent base for exploring Costa Rica's natural offerings, including its stunning biodiversity, lush jungles, and gorgeous beaches. When looking for a place to sleep let Skyscanner help you find a hotel either in San Jose or anywhere else in Costa Rica.
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