San Jose International Airport: Eat, Drink, Repeat!
Just like the $10 beers at the ballpark and $12 kids meal at Disneyland, airports are notorious for over-priced poorly flavored foods. Luckily, I've got the lowdown on the best tips and tricks for your travels through the SJO airport in Costa Rica.
Smashburger Go here for a breakfast bowl the size of your face. It's got all the good stuff: eggs, potatoes, cheese, bacon, veggies, avocado...I could go on and on. They also sell beer. Double win.
Starbucks Normally, I encouraging ditching the American stuff while abroad, but if you have an early morning flight, a cold brew might be just what you need to make it to your layover alive.
PC Cafe Britt
The Brit Shop Right after you get through security, the Britt Shop, will be bumpin' Costa Rican jams and welcoming you to come "shop around." You can’t miss it. Britt was the first roaster of gourmet coffee in Costa Rica, but that is not why I recommend it. If you like freebies this place will be your fav.
Just walk around the store taking all the chocolate and coffee samples you want. This store has lots of exists so after sampling at your leisure locate the nearest and zip on out before they hustle you for a bag of overpriced coffee.
Lavazza Overpriced everything, but located before security and open 24 hours. After 10pm this place pretty much turns into an impromptu hostel. On any given night you will find many backpackers sleeping and chillin as they wait for their early morning flight. Having spent a handful of nights here myself, I can confidently say it is an experience reserved for those trying to save a buck and a willing to put vanity aside for a night.
Photo from sjoairport.com (This is located before security, on the second floor of the lobby.)
Bar 45 GastroPub Get your last dose of Costa Rican cuisine and a cold beer at this new addition to the the international terminal. Grab something to go or pull up a chair and enjoy the funky ambiance.