Although the airport code locates it in San Jose, the Juan Santamaría International Airport is located in the Alajuela province, 18 kilometers away from the capital of Costa Rica.
In a similar way to many other airports in the world, at first it seemed crazy to have built the Juan Santamaría airport (known before as El Coco International Airport) so far away from the main center of the Costa Rican population. But today, Juan Santamaría is part of the Greater Metropolitan Area and it is now located in a strategic point for travelers who must pass through there to travel to a wide sector of the national territory, including the populous cities of San José, Cartago, Heredia and Alajuela.
An airport of excellence
More than four million tourists coming from other national airports and from several other destinations in America and Europe travel through the Juan Santamaría airport every year
The high passenger traffic of the airport places it as the second most important airport in Central America. It is in fact one of the best airports in Latin America and the Caribbean.