San Jose Travel Guide

Welcome to San José, the vibrant capital of Costa Rica, where tradition and modernity gracefully intertwine. Established in 1737, San José has since blossomed into Costa Rica’s largest and one of Latin America’s most cosmopolitan cities.

In this diverse urban landscape and its picturesque surroundings, you’ll find a wide array of accommodation options tailored to every preference, be it luxurious hotels or charming hostels.

However, San José offers much more than a comfortable stay.

Prepare your taste buds for a culinary journey, as the city boasts exceptional restaurants serving artisanal coffee and delectable dishes.

When the sun sets, explore the vibrant nightlife with its abundance of bars and clubs.

San José offers a treasure trove of museums for culture lovers, each with its distinct allure.

Peruse vibrant shopping centers where you can discover everything from local crafts to international brands, and don’t miss the colorful markets that encapsulate the rich essence of Costa Rican culture.

Whether you’re here to delve into history, embrace diverse cultures, savor exquisite cuisine, or embark on a journey of exploration, San José welcomes you with open arms, promising an unforgettable experience in the heart of Costa Rica.

Enjoy your stay!

Upcoming events in San Jose

08/17/2023 - Movie on the beach

Join us as we watch Interstellar on the beach during sunset at 6pm.

Looking forward to seeing you!

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08/19/2023 - Wine and dine

Join us as we try 10 home crafted wines from local makers.

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08/22/2023 - BBQ on the beach

Join Restaurant Playa Venao on the beach as they cook. Entry starts at $50 per person.

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Safety & Security

Enjoy your stay on San Jose Island with minimal safety concerns. Petty crime is rare, but it's wise to remain cautious and keep your belongings secure. Whether you're wandering through the island's captivating landscapes or relaxing on its stunning beaches, maintaining awareness adds an extra layer of peace to your journey.

Signal & Wifi

While the island's remote charm offers a break from the digital world, WiFi can be intermittent. Main areas tend to have better reception, ensuring you can stay in touch with family and friends. Embrace the opportunity to disconnect and immerse yourself in the island's natural beauty, while keeping your connection intact when needed.

Payment Essentials

Transactions on the San Jose Island are easy, as the US dollar is widely accepted. However, it's advisable to carry cash, as ATMs are limited. This preparation ensures you can smoothly enjoy local experiences, from indulging in delicious cuisine to exploring the island's attractions. Keep your currency needs covered for a stress-free stay.

Getting around

Navigate the island with ease. Boats are the main mode of transportation between islands, while hiring a boat, bike, or golf cart suits exploration within San Jose Island. Choose the best way to move around and make the most of your trip.

Things to do in San Jose

Central Market (Mercado Central)

Don’t miss the Central Market, aka “Mercado Central,” when you’re in San José, Costa Rica. It’s not just a market; it’s a vibrant cultural experience. Here, you can taste the best of Costa Rican cuisine, find unique souvenirs, and immerse yourself in the local way of life. The market’s colorful architecture adds to its charm, making it an excellent spot for photos. Getting there is easy—just ask a local for directions, and you’ll be in the heart of San José’s bustling market scene. It’s a must-do for foodies, shoppers, and anyone eager to soak up Costa Rican culture.

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Teatro Nacional Costa Rica

Discover the cultural pulse of Costa Rica at Teatro Nacional. This historic treasure’s presence gives off incredibly artistic vibes. Its opulent interiors and captivating performances—whether a play, concert, or dance—offer a gateway to the nation’s soul and a much-needed escape from reality.

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Spirogyra Butterfly Garden

Step into an enchanting world at Spirogyra Butterfly Garden. Amid lush greenery, colorful butterflies flutter around, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. It’s a tranquil escape where nature’s delicate wonders take center stage.

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La Paz Waterfall Garden

Immerse yourself in the sublime beauty of La Paz Waterfall Garden. Traverse lush rainforests, guided by the soothing sounds of waterfalls. Encounter rescued wildlife, from playful monkeys to vibrant birds—a journey that blends exploration with nature conservation.

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Best time to visit
"San Jose"

January to March
April to July
August to December

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