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Old Aug 3, 19, 9:49 am
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Options for arriving at SJO

We're on a NatGeo trip in Costa Rica for which we need to be at SJO no later than 1:00 pm on 12/23. The 2 best options for us are AA with an overnight 12/22 in MIA or UA arriving SJO at 10pm on 12/22. The AA flight is 2x the price, so we're leaning towards the UA option, and staying at the San Jose Marriott overnight.
How's the security situation in San Jose? Is there any reason to be concerned about late night arrival?
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Old Aug 3, 19, 9:41 pm
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Originally Posted by jg70124 View Post
We're on a NatGeo trip in Costa Rica for which we need to be at SJO no later than 1:00 pm on 12/23. The 2 best options for us are AA with an overnight 12/22 in MIA or UA arriving SJO at 10pm on 12/22. The AA flight is 2x the price, so we're leaning towards the UA option, and staying at the San Jose Marriott overnight.
How's the security situation in San Jose? Is there any reason to be concerned about late night arrival?
No concerns at all. There is tight security on airport premises. Marriott offers free shuttle to/from the airport, and the hotel is in a mostly-safe area, with no dangerous neighborhoods on the way to the hotel, actually, most of the trip is on a highway. So you'll be safe all the time.
Just take standard security measures: don't talk to unauthorized or unknown people, only take official airport taxis (orange ones), Uber, or the hotel/rent a car shuttle, don't let anyone carry your luggage, don't show nor expose valuables (electronics, jewelry, cash, passports).
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Old Aug 4, 19, 9:48 am
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Thanks - just as I expected.
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Old Aug 5, 19, 9:18 pm
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Despite it being the "San Jose" Marriott, the hotel is quite a way outside the city, as is the airport. During the time on your own, you won't go anywhere near the city at all. unless the organized tour takes you there, which it likely will.
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Old Aug 6, 19, 6:45 am
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Despite it being the "San Jose" Marriott, the hotel is quite a way outside the city, as is the airport. During the time on your own, you won't go anywhere near the city at all. unless the organized tour takes you there, which it likely will.
Good to know - that was not obvious from the Marriott's web page. The tour actually does not go into San Jose. (It's a cruise with stops in Isla Tortuga, Tamarindo, Zapotal, Bat Islands, Santa Rosa NP, and a side trip to Rincon de la Vieja.) We're considering adding an extra day to spend in SJ on our own. If we do that, what would you recommend we put on our list of tourist spots to visit?
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Old Aug 6, 19, 11:18 am
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The city has three, and only three, must-see sights. The National Theater and Gold Museum are next-door to each other. (The museum is underground.) The Jade Museum is three blocks away, You can hit all three in a day.
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