Things to do for Budget Travelers in San Jose 

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    Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica

    Avenida Segunda, San Jose, Costa Rica
    17 reviews

    One can only think of superlatives when visiting the Costa Rican National Theater in San Jose. We took the tour and learned a great deal about this very historic structure.

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    Poás Volcano National Park

    Alajuela, Costa Rica
    16 reviews

    Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a great tour for families! In the central mountain range of Costa Rica both of most beautiful attractions welcome families every day. Poas Volcano is 37 km (23 miles) from San Jose on narrow roads that wind through a landscape of fertile farms, coffee plantations and dark forest. There is a paved road ...

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    Parque Metropolitano La Sabana

    104, San Jose, Costa Rica
    8 reviews

    Nice place to walk around if your budget is short, with lakes and some sports facilities as volleyball field, basketball field and also a skating rink.

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    National Museum

    Calle 17, Avenidas Central y Segunda, San Jose Costa Rica
    7 reviews

    This museum exposes items from different historical moments of Costa Rican History.

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    Heredia, Costa Rica
    8 reviews

    Que calor!

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    Parque Nacional

    Avenida 3, San Jose, Costa Rica
    8 reviews

    Relaxing spot! Green & Peaceful... First important sight of San Jose you see coming from our apartment!

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    24 Sureste de San Jose, Cartago Costa Rica
    5 reviews

    This church is best known for the 1635 appearance of the country's patron saint, the Black Virgin. If you are anywhere near San Jose, or passing through Cartago this is a must see location! The Basilica, as it sits on the Plaza Mayor will astound you. From it's architecture outside and in you will be amazed at how amazing it ...

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    Volcán Irazú

    Central Volcanic Range, San Jose Costa Rica
    7 reviews

    I like this volcano because it is near San Jose, there is a bus that takes you from downtown to the volcano and in the National Park you can go walking in the forest or just sit beside the crater.

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    Sarchí Village

    Noreste de San Jose, SARCHí Costa Rica
    5 reviews

    A bit of a tourist trap, Sarchí tries to recreate a traditional Costa Rican ambiance, but geared to visitors. While perhaps lacking a bit in authenticity it is still a decent place to find some nice souvenirs to take back as gifts

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    Escazu, Costa Rica
    4 reviews

    The place to go if you are looking for international restaurants,stores, exclusive boutiques, English language bookstores and movies.

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    Museo de los Niños

    Union, San Jose, Costa Rica
    5 reviews

    Great place if you have kids or/and if you are interested in history.

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    Parque Central - San Jose

    Calle Central Alfredo Volio, San Jose, Costa Rica
    5 reviews

    Nice open green space where there is a lot of movement of people. A good place to walk around and do some people watching. There are also a lot of good options for eating in the surrounding areas

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    Pueblo Antiguo

    2 kilómetros al oeste del Hospital Mexico, contiguo al Parque Nacional de Diversiones, San Jose Costa Rica
    4 reviews

    Nice place to go and taste some of Costa Rican culture and history, plus if you're traveling with kids it is a nice choice because it is located in the amusement park.

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    Ruinas de Ujarrás

    El Valle del Río Orosi, PARAíSO 7100 Costa Rica
    3 reviews

    Nice place if you are looking for a place where you can go for a picnic day, even if you want to go to a restaurant there are many restaurants near the area. There is also a great place if you're interested in history and nature.

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    Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo

    Northeast Central Valley on the Central Volcanic Range, San Jose Costa Rica
    2 reviews

    This is actually the biggest bio-reserve park in the country. Unlike the more popular Costa Rican parks such as Poás and Manuel Antonio, this park is relatively unmaintained and untravelled. It contains three dormant volcanoes and, due to the varied terrain contained within its borders, has the largest biodiversity observed in any of the parks open to the public. Provides ...

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    Ríos Tropicales

    Calle 32, Avenida 2, San Jose Costa Rica
    2 reviews

    Rios Tropicales is a first-class rafting outfitter: organized, friendly and nothing but first-class guides & support. Highly recommended!

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    Costa Rica Expeditions

    Union, San Jose, Costa Rica
    2 reviews

    Overnight river rafting trip on Pacuare w/ Costa Rica Expeditions. Magical and luxurious.

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    La Amistad National Park

    San Jose, Costa Rica
    2 reviews

    Costa Rica is well known for being home to several expansive and lively tropical forest reserves. Various rare flora and fauna abound here in amazing variety. One specific class of creature that has achieved astounding variation in Costa Rica are birds, and La Amistad National Park is perhaps the best place to see them. Of the over 800 variety's of ...

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    Universidad de Costa Rica

    de la Iglesia Catolica 200m Sur, San Jose Costa Rica
    1 review

    Great college.

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