San Jose Travel Guide
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- San JoseMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersFoodies+ 6Apr 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.
- San JoseCommunity ManagerAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Jan 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.Recommended for:
- San JoseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 7Nov 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 PoasRecommended for:
- San JoseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13Jun 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 "email@example.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.Recommended for:
- San JoseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13Sep 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.
- San JoseNov 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.
- San JoseJun 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.
- San JoseAug 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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