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San José: Juan Santamaría International Airport

Juan Santamaría International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría) is Costa Rica’s principal international airport and serves the capital, San José, as well as the rest of the country. It’s named after Costa Rica’s national hero, a drummer boy who died in 1856 in fighting against US freebooter William Walker’s forces.


Juan Santamaría International Airport is located approximately 14 km (9 miles) west-north-west of San José city centre.

An online map of the airport and its surrounding area can be found here:
Google Maps: Juan Santamaría International Airport

Contact details

Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría
Apdo Postal 200-2424
San José

Official website (currently in Spanish only):

Facilities for disabled people

Unfortunately there is no information anywhere on the airport’s website – even in Spanish – about facilities for disabled passengers. Travellers requiring special assistance are therefore advised to contact their airline well in advance to ascertain what services or facilities may be provided to help them through Juan Santamaría International Airport.

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