Costa Ricas Airport
Costa Ricas international air terminal is the Juan
Santa Maria Airport, near San
Jose. Its clean and modern, and customs inspection is relaxed. A second international airport plans to
open someday, near the northern city of Liberia. This should relieve congestion at the San Jose
Facility and make it easier for tourists to visit Pacific beaches such as Flamingo, Nosara
and Samara This will definitely boost
the beach economies and make an even stronger case for paving the roads along the Pacific coast.
Airport taxis to downtown San Jose are plentiful and prices competitive. Ask a local person about the current
fare to downtown. Most drivers will accept dollars for the trip. You can often bargain; I can usually get a cab for $8, but my
last trip (at 1:20 a.m.) cost $10 to our place in Rohr Moser. By the way, taxis arent permitted to go to more than one hotel
or address per trip, so if you share a cab with someone, you will have to go to the same destination. If you dont have much
luggage, you can take a bus to downtown San Jose or nearby Alajuela for about half a dollar.
Money changers hang around the taxi stand, so this might be a convenient time to change a few dollars into
colones if you cant wait until you get to your Hotel. Be
cautious though; some of these guys are quick-change artists. Know exactly how much money you give them, and count
your change carefully. Having a calculator in yo ur hand makes them think you know what you are doing. I wouldnt do
anything larger than a $20 bill, if at all. They dont want travelers checks, by the way.
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