Alajuela, Costa Rica (near San Jose)
The Costa Rican International Airport is located 11 miles (18 km) outside the city of San José. It’s the principal airport of Costa Rica and about 5 million people pass through it’s terminals each year coming from Europe and Central, North, and South America.
The Costa Rican International Airport, also known as Juan Santa María Airport, has one runway and 2 passenger terminals. M is the International Terminal and D is the domestic one. It’s infrastructure of services includes the Rapibanco Airport Bank, a bar, 2 waiting areas, a VIP section (with a restaurant, Internet, TV, computers and printers), gift and artesian shops, Duty Free shopping, luggage supplies, and the possibility to set up mobile phone service contracts.
Juan Santa María Airport also has covered and uncovered parking lots for 400 vehicles. There are escalators, elevators, ramps for people with limited mobility, and 24 hour security cameras.
The Juan Santa María Airport is home to the most important international rental car companies such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.
Keep in mind that the best prices on rental cars can be obtained by reserving ahead of time through RentingCarz, where you can choose between a great variety of compact cars, family cars, convertibles, SUVs, minivans, sports cars, and luxury cars. Through RentingCarz you can also take advantage of great offers on rental car packages that include GPS in your language, full gas tank, insurance, and many other services.
Upon landing in Costa Rica, you just have to present your voucher with the confirmation number of the reservation with your driver’s license and credit card in the name of the renter at the company’s rental counter. You’ll then be shown through the vehicle lot outside the airport where your rental car will be waiting for you.
To travel from the Costa Rican International Airport to the center of San Joséyou take the airport street, staying to the left at the fork to continue onto the General Cañas Highway/ Carretera 1.
Costa Rica is a mountainous country, with winding roads that have many ups, downs, and curves. The state of the roads is not always the best and they are sometimes trafficked by a lot of trucks. It’s a good idea that your rental car be equipped with GPS in your language and with insurance included so that you can drive safely and surely through this awesome and exuberant country.