San Jose Tours and Trips 2024/2025

Holidays in San Jose are not something most people on a Costa Rica tour get to experience. For most holidaymakers, the Costa Rican capital and its airport only serve as a transit point to the coast and the country’s famed beaches. However, a visit to San Jose can be incredibly rewarding because it offers a glimpse into everyday life in Costa Rica in a way you won’t be able to experience at the seaside resorts.

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San Jose Tour Reviews

4.8 - Excellent
Based on 767 customer reviews
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5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
Travelled first time with Exodus to Costa Rica and it was a very well organised and exciting tour of the beautiful country. Travelled to many different lodges and national parks. Arriving in San Jose we were welcomed by our wonderful tour guide Gwenda, we couldn't have asked for a better tour guide, so much knowledge about the country, culture and wildlife. Gwenda is truly an valuable member of Exodus along with Randall our amazing driver keeping us safe on our travels.
5 - Excellent
  • Arne D.
I'm not really a traveller, but I really liked the trip. It was very good organised and if we had a problem, we could count on our CEO who was always available. Costa Rica is a very beautiful land and most of the activities show us that beauty. We had a divers but lovely group which made the trip that much pleasant.
5 - Excellent
  • Brian C.
The trip was great! Very well organized. Good pace where you didn?t feel like you were constantly on the road. Great mix of activities. CEO was fantastic. It was so nice to just show up and have everything planned.

San Jose - Tour Highlights and Travel Tips

When on a holiday to Costa Rica, save a day or two to take a tour in San Jose, the country's capital.
The National Monument of Costa Rica is located inside the National Park, not to be confused with the many "national parks" of Costa Rica.

Tour Highlights

  • Teatro Nacional, or the National Theater, is an opulent building located at the central square called Plaza del Cultura. It hosts a variety of theater performances, concerts and other cultural events.
  • Jade Museum, located in a modern, architecturally distinct building, holds an impressive collection of pre-Columbian artefacts made using this semi-precious stone.
  • Situated in downtown San Jose, the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum treasures over a thousand gold, ceramic and stone artefacts made by various groups who have inhabited present-day Costa Rica.
  • La Sabana Metropolitan Park is a breathtaking urban green space that sprawls for 72 acres. It is the perfect place to unwind away from the capital’s hectic traffic.
  • San Jose is also a great starting destination for day trips in the wider region. Coffee plantations, historical cities and volcanos can be visited within an hour's drive from the main city center. 

Travel Tips

  • If you truly want to soak up the vibrant ambient of the Costa Rican capital, head over to the Barrio Amon, an area nestled north of Plaza Espana. In this historic neighborhood, you will have an opportunity to see picturesque mansions in various architectural styles, some of which in recent years have been converted into boutique shops, restaurants and hotels.
  • Even though downtown San Jose is best explored on foot, the chaotic traffic makes it hard for tourists to get around. Pedestrians generally do not have the right of way, so you should be careful when crossing the street and always watch out for reckless cars and scooters.
  • The Costa Rican capital enjoys warm temperatures year-round, however, if you want to experience the city without worrying about rain, plan your visit during the dry season, which lasts from mid-December to April. 

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