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Host Hotel

Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose

.43 miles west from Bridgestone/Firestone
La Ribera de Belen, Heredia Province
Costa Rica
TEL + 506-2298 0000
FAX + 506-2298 0011

Check-in:  4:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm

Self Parking: Complimentary
Valet Parking: $6.00 USD/day

Air Travel

Juan Santamaria International Airport – SJO

Alajuela Province
San José, Costa Rica

Note: Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose is located approximately 5.9 km (15 minutes) from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO).

Airlines servicing Costa Rica from the U.S. include: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country and United Airlines. For more information including U.S. departure cities, click here.

The Exit Tax,  via air is US $29.00 and US $7.00 by land payable in US dollars, colones or credit card at the Banco Crédito Agrícola de Cartago, Banco Lafise, or the Banco de Costa Rica. Some airlines already include this fee in the airline ticket; therefore, we recommend you consult your airline.

Airline Discounts

Delta Airlines is pleased to offer 2% – 10% off published airfares for your travel to the SYTA Summit. When booking online, choose “book your flight here,” and enter the meeting code (NMQJG) in the box provided on the page.

Reservations may also be made by calling Delta Meeting reservations at 800-328-1111 from Monday through Friday (7am-7pm CDT). There is a direct ticketing fee of $25.00 for booking reservations by phone.

Ground Transportation

Airport Transfers

SYTA will be providing complimentary round-trip ground transportation from the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) and SYTA’s Summit Host Hotel, Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose.  Complimentary transportation will be provided for arrivals on Wednesday, January 17 and departures on Sunday, January 21.

For those participating in the Post-Summit Service Project on Sunday, January 21, your airport transfer on Monday, January 22 will be provided by SYTA. Please note: your Sunday night hotel room stay is not included. 

Car Rental Discounts

Hertz Rent-a-Car
To reserve your special meeting rates, please provide the following Convention Number CV# 04940017 to your corporate travel department or your travel agent when making reservations. You can also make reservations online or call Hertz directly:
U.S. and Canada: (800) 654-2240
Other: (405) 749-4434

If booking online, please make sure to check the box for “Enter a Discount or Promo Code” and then enter in CV # 04940017. At the time of reservation, the meeting rates will be automatically compared to other Hertz rates and you’ll be quoted the best comparable rate available. Details on SJO Hertz may be found here.

Travel Requirements & Important Information

Travel Documents

Visitors to Costa Rica must have a valid passport as well as proof that they will be exiting the country before their visa or entry stamp expires, usually within 90 days.

All travelers must have either a return ticket or a ticket showing they will be exiting the country, commonly referred to as an “outbound, exit or onward ticket.” An onward ticket is required of non-residents who are:

  • traveling on a one-way ticket
  • entering the country with a return ticket dated more than 90 days after arrival
  • flying into Costa Rica and flying out of another country

By law, an onward ticket can be any one of the following on approved, commercial transport:

  • a pre-purchased bus ticket out of the country
  • a pre-purchased flight out of the country
  • proof of passage on a cruise ship



The colon is the currency of Costa Rica. U.S. dollars and credit cards may be used.

Tipping — Tipping is not necessary in restaurants, where a 10% service charge is always added to your bill (along with a 13% tax). If service was particularly good, you can leave a little at your own discretion, but it’s not mandatory.


Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica.


According to, the average high temperature in San Jose, Costa Rica for January is 75 degrees, while the average low is 58 degrees. The month of January falls within the country’s dry season (mid-November to April), considered summer by Costa Ricans.

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