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Arenal to SJO - Enough Time?

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Arenal to SJO - Enough Time?

Our flight leaves SJO for Fort Lauderdale at 12:30 p.m. We are staying in a home near Nuevo Arenal, on Lake Arenal. What time would you recommend we leave the house in order to drive to SJO, return the rental car, and check in for our flight?

Some family members want to drive to SJO the night before the flight, others want to drive that morning... What do you all suggest?

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1. Re: Arenal to SJO - Enough Time?

I don't like to travel that far on the same day as an international flight. Just too many things can happen. So I side with the "night before" crowd. There is lodging of all sorts and all prices 15 minutes or less from the airport.

If you decide to drive the same day, figure 3 hours to the rental car return (assuming it is near the airport and not in San Jose), 1/2 an hour to return the car, 10 minutes or less to get to the airport - and add 1/2 an hour for a "cushion" - so you would need to leave Nuevo Arenal around 6 am, figuring you need to be at the airport 2.5 hours (or 2 hours at the latest) before your flight. You will need to pay your departure tax, fill out a form and stand in line to check in with everyone on your flight - and maybe people on other flights. The airlines will not let you board if you have not checked in at least 1 hour prior to flight time.

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2. Re: Arenal to SJO - Enough Time?

Hattie, You make a good point about too many things that can happen before an international flight. I've booked the flight for the next day. Thanks for that reminder!

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