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    Cindy Chen
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    3 Apr 10, 2014

    We stopped in San Jose on our last night -- so that we can get a bit of the the feeling of the city life and also make sure we don't miss our flight in the AM...

    The city is crowded. There are a lot of people. Not as much cultural/historical buildings as I would have liked to see, lots of buses, commuters, etc.

    I probably would not recommend making this city a part of your Costa Rica itinerary unless of course you are just stopping over the night like we did.

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    Monica Suma
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    2 Jan 03, 2014

    San Jose is one of the youngest capitals in Latin America, and quite frankly with not a lot to offer. It does have some beautiful historical architecture, but it is also very commercial. Unfortunately, not the safest either, at least in terms of theft.

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  • San JosePro 2014
    Steve Hunter
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    3 Nov 22, 2013

    You used to have to fly in here, but no longer. It's fine for a night or two before or after you head out to the beaches or interior of the country. Some good restaurants and bars, but not a lot to do during the day. However, there are day trips like Poas

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  • San Jose
    Susan
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    1 Jun 16, 2014

    I was stranded at the airport after I thought I made a service reservation. I called the company who I made the reservations with online and they said they had no such reservation for me. Here's what happened so this doesn't happen to you: I made a reservation with "info@easyridecr.com" the response I received was "4.30 AM or PM- Javier Ortiz" I replied with PM and asked to confirm the price and didn't receive a response. So the week of my trip, I emailed again assuming it was all settled:
    Hi! I emailed last week about taking a shuttle to Jaco from San Jose Airport on June 14 at 5.
    I have a few questions.
    1- Does the shuttle take me to the bus stop? Or do I walk to the Coca Cola station?
    2-Where and when do I pay the $35 for the ride?
    3-Does the $35 include shuttle + bus to Jaco?

    His Response? 5.00 am or 5.00 pm- Javier Ortiz

    Ok so the point is, they didn't show up. The manager I spoke with on the phone at the airport said because I didn't pre-pay and because I am traveling alone and he would not make money off me, he would not send someone to drive me to Jaco. Mind you, this company has a professional online appearance. MAKE SURE you secure your transportation plans. You may have to take a taxi to a bus station, I was told I had to go to the cocacola station which would take 30 min from SJO in traffic with taxi.

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  • San Jose
    Daniel Mason-D'Croz
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    3 Sep 30, 2013

    The capitol of Costa Rica, it is situated in the mountains near Costa Rica's northern pacific coast. The city is clean and safe, though perhaps lacking somewhat in a unique cultural identity. There is plenty of evidence of American influence (lots of fast food places). Nevertheless, the people are very friendly and open to tourists.

    From an environmental perspective San José is fascinating, with a varied topography (very hilly) the city has a great diversity of micro-climates, which can make it a little difficult to plan how to dress.

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    Heriberto Chiapa-Pacheco
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    5 Aug 08, 2013

    BEAUTIFUL AND PRICELESS PLACES TO VISIT IN THE CAPITAL OF COSTA RICA. PEOPLE ARE SO FRIENDLY AND THEY ALL SPEAK ENGLISH.

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    Charlotte Jacobus
    5 Nov 20, 2012

    When you wake up early because of the screeching monkeys, you know it's going to be a good day. The best hotel is Lapa Rios (an eco lodge), and you stay in little bungalows with thatched roofes, and get to go on as many hikes as you can possibly imagine, and it is great for kids. They have a little pool, and a drink bar, where the best thing is the mango smoothies. Once, a monkey came up to me and took a piece of mango right out of my hands. You know your in a great place when that happens.

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    Raymond Banzo
    3 Sep 05, 2012

    San jose is very simiar to most latin american cities, but the whole country of costa rica is amazing. The people is amazing!

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    Angus Dawson
    1 Jun 13, 2014

    For a capital city, this place is awful. No sense of history or culture as you find elsewhere in Latin America. I would say avoid, but unfortunately the only place to get around the rest of Costa Rica is by coming through here on the buses.

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    Richard P
    3 Aug 29, 2012

    Visited San Jose for a few days while in Costa Rica. Not much to do here. Only stayed here because it was near the airport. For all the fun activities you will need to visit other areas like Arenal. The only excursion we did while in San Jose was white water rafting, but even then we had a bus ride for several hours.

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    Chris Evans
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    3 Aug 01, 2012

    Some nice colonial architecture, particularly around the centre. Markets are good but beware of pickpockets, and the like.

    Nice place for a day or two, but no more.

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  • San Jose
    Kevin Picholo
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    San Jose, the capital, is on a plateau in the Central Valley at 1200 m (3,700 ft) elevation and its ringed by lush green mountains and valleys.

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    Arlo Hemphill
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    3 Jun 21, 2014

    San Jose's a decent city, but compared to the wild beauty of the rest of the country, it's urban mediocrity pales in comparison.

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    Aracelis Santiago
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    4 Mar 19, 2013
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    pascal cretton
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    5 Jan 24, 2013

    Go rafting on the Pacuare River. This is an incredible experience with level IV rapids!!

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    Maggie Techert
    4 Aug 26, 2012

    I really liked San Jose. The people were friendly and there was lots to do.

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    3 Jul 20, 2012
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    Sue Somers
    3 Jul 07, 2012

    Pushed wrong button! Wasn't really here. But I was in San Jose, California.

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    Lonia Carabott
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    best place i every been

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    Afri Zal
    5 Jul 19, 2014

    beautiful memoriam

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3.5 out of 5
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37,189 people visited San Jose

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The capital of Costa Rica, and home to most of her residents, San Jose is a unique little city on a plateau 3700 feet above sea level. San Jose enjoys a slightly cooler version of the Caribbean’s beautiful, hot climate. Fresh Caribbean seafood isn’t hard to find here and neither is comfortable accommodation, but getting around requires a bit of savvy. Make sure to carry your passport with you at ... read more
all times - getting caught without it could mean getting thrown in jail. Lots of taxis are willing to take you pretty much anywhere in the city for a few American dollars but only the ones with a yellow triangular sticker on their door are registered. In spite of these shortcomings, there are lots of things to see and do in San Jose. Tours of the Poas and Irazu volcanoes are amazing outdoor adventures, and specialty museum exhibitions like gold work, Jade art and insects offer little known insights into these local specialties, to name just a few. Don’t be scared to travel to San Jose. Visit with a group, play smart, and you are sure to be safe and have a great time.

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