The Juan Santamaria airport is always referred to as the airport in San Jose Costa Rica, but in reality the airport is located just outside in Alajuela. The airport code of SJO should be used for booking inquiries. Arriving tourist will find a large crowd of people just outside of the San Jose airport exit doors screaming for incoming travelers. Most of these people are actually waiting for passengers that are coming off of the plane however about ten percent of them are airport hustlers looking to make a dollar. These individuals work the San Jose airport daily and offer airport taxi service to just about anywhere you want to go. They do not carry insurance and constantly think up new ways of extra charges. People walk right by the official airport taxi stand and then hear cheaper prices being screamed that end up costing more than a real airport taxi cost. This biggest thing that one might say about the San Jose airport is that although it is nicer, it is also the airport in Costa Rica with the most flights, tourist arrivals and waiting lines. On the other hand you should make a note that because the San Jose airport is much larger; it also offers more food choices and has several shops to browse, while the Liberia airport is not as nearly as accommodating.