Arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport, after exiting the plane, first follow the signs to immigration where you will have to wait in line to get your passport checked and stamped. Continue to baggage claim and customs. There are carts in the baggage claim area that are free of charge, so grab one of those while you wait for your luggage to come out on the designated carousel.
If your flight is arriving between the hours of 7 am- 10 pm, you may be greeted by a representative from the Costa Rican chamber of tourism. If so they will give you a sticker that identifies you to customs officials as a tourist. These representatives are not always available, and if you don’t see them don’t worry, as the sticker is a courtesy and not a necessity.
Once you have your luggage, you’ll need to get in line to go through customs. Normally this consists of putting your luggage and carry-on luggage on a conveyor belt to be x-rayed; when it’s your turn to put your luggage on the conveyor belt you will have to give the Customs Official the form that you filled out on the plane. Once you’ve retrieved your luggage, you can exit the airport.
IMPORTANT: When you exit the building, you'll see a lot of people, and you will most likely be approached by taxi drivers looking for a fare, tell them it’s not necessary.
Before stepping into the crowd; take a moment to scan it for your Costa Rica Expeditions guide.
You'll recognize your guide by their bright orange or yellow shirt. Also, he or she will be holding a sign with your name on it. You can count on their being there -- even if your flight arrives early, or arrives quite late -- no matter how late. After all, it's our first chance to have you experience that every part of your vacation will go smoothly. He or she will take you to your hotel.