Airport Travel Tips


Most visitors will arrive at the Juan Santamarí­a International Airport in the capital city of San José located in the Central Valley of the country. In San José, you can transfer to a once daily flight on Sansa Airlines or Nature Air to the Palmar Sur airport (about 30 minutes away from Osa Mountain Village). Osa Mountain Village Resort can arrange for a free shuttle to pick you up at the Palmar Sur Airport. We can also arrange a shuttle service to bring you from San José at an extra cost.

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San José Airport Tips

You have several options for exchanging money when you arrive at the airport. There is an ATM in the baggage claim area, which is connected to both the PLUS and Cirrus networks. There is also a Global Exchange money exchange booth just as you clear Customs and Immigration. It is open whenever there are arriving flights; however, these folks exchange at more than 10% below the official rate. There is a branch of the Banco de San José inside the main terminal, on the second floor across from the airline check-in counters, as well as a couple more ATMs up there. The taxi company and rental-car agencies accept U.S. dollars. Taxis are inexpensive. Cab fares can be pre-purchased inside the airport at a counter near the ground transportation exit from the official airport taxi service Taxis Unidos Aertopuerto. (Their fleet of orange vans and sedans charge fixed prices according to your destination so use them to take you to your hotel and to the car rental. There is no need to have the rental car until you are leaving San José.) ATMs are located throughout the country and many dispense U.S. dollars as well as C.R. colones. Be aware that using credit cards sometimes carry extra fees and are not widely accepted at smaller Costa Rican businesses. Additionally most credit cards tack on additional fees for international use and currency conversion. With ATMs widely available your least expensive option is cash.