airport information

getting to the Nature Air counter

We are operating the flights from the Juan Santamaria Main Airport, which is the primary airport serving San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. The airport is located near the city of Alajuela, 20 km west of downtown San Jose. Coordinates: 09°59′38″N 084°12′32″W

The only exception to this, is the first flight to Liberia/Tamarindo (flight number 310) and the last one returning from those places (flight number 351). Both flights arrive/departs from Pavas Airport, Tobias Bolaños.

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airport check in

Domestic flights: Check-in from San Jose airport is 1 hour before flight and closes 45 minutes prior to departure. Check-in for domestic flights within Costa Rica is 45 minutes prior to departure time and closes 30 minutes before scheduled departure time at all other airports. Passengers that do not comply with this requirement will not be allowed to board the flight.

International flights: Check-in for international flights to/from Bocas del Toro, Panama and Managua, Nicaragua is 2 hours prior to scheduled departure, and closes 1 hour prior to departure.

private ground transfers

Nature Vacations, the exclusive travel planners for Nature Air, provides ground transportation from San Jose throughout Costa Rica. Whether you're going a short distance from the airport to your hotel or from one side of the country to the other, our comfortable air conditioned vans will get you there safely and comfortably. This option is great if you aren't ready to test your driving skills in a foreign country, and you just want to relax rather than stress about the roadways. The driver will be your guide as you pass through the Costa Rican countryside en route to your next destination.See more Costa Rica Car Rentals and ground transportation »

domestic airport fees

arrival and departure fees - arenal / quepos / tambor

Nature Air flies to 13 private airports throughout Costa Rica. A handful of these airports require passengers to pay an arrival and departure fee. To best prepare yourself for the trip, remember to have the following sums ready in colones or dollars when arriving to and departing from the airports:

arrival fee
departure fee
arenal: $7.00 USD
arenal: $7.00 USD
quepos: $3.00 USD
quepos: $3.00 USD
tambor: $2.5 USD
tambor: $2.5 USD

The other domestic airports do not charge a user fee.

international flight fees

departure fee - costa rica to managua / bocas del toro, nicaragua

Passengers departing from the Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica en route to Managua/Bocas del Toro, must pay a $29 international departure fee in cash at the airport as required by the Costa Rican government.

arrival fee - managua, nicaragua

A $10 international arrival fee will be charged in cash upon arrival to Managua.

arrival and departure fee - bocas del toro:

A $3 international arrival fee will be charged in cash upon arrival to Bocas del Toro. When departing the Bocas del Toro airport, all travelers must pay a $15 departure fee as required by airport authorities at the Nature Air counter in US dollars.

have a question? need more information?

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toll free (US/CAN): 1-800-235-9272
phone (Local): (506) 2299-6000
fax:(506) 2220-0413
call center hours of operation:
mon.-fri.  07:00AM (CST) - 06:00PM (CST)
sat.-sun.7:00AM (CST) - 05:00PM (CST)