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San Jose Tours and Holidays 2019/2020

Holidays in San Jose are not something most people who visit Costa Rica get to experience. In fact, for most holidaymakers, the Costa Rican capital and its airport only serve as a transit point to the coast and the ... Read More

213 Trips in San Jose with 206 Reviews

Highlights
  • Delight in a 6-course menu prepared from local ingredients.
  • Experience the heart of traditional Costa Rican cuisine.
  • Enjoy your drinks and food in a relaxed atmosphere.
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Foodie Tours Costa Rica
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San Jose Food Tour: Farm To Table

Calling all foodies and lovers of locally-sourced goodness! Our Farm to Table food tour in ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Los Yoses De Montes De Oca, San Jose/Los Yoses De Montes De Oca, San Jose View Map
  • Operator Foodie Tours Costa Rica
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 135 4 hours View Tour
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Today
May 21
Highlights
  • Learn about the coffee industry in Costa Rica.
  • Taste high quality beans.
  • Visit a coffee plantation.
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Greenway Nature Tours
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Private Coffee Tour With Lunch

of 1 review
Experience the original Costa Rican coffee tour at our farm located in Barva de Heredia ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Montelimar Guadalupe/Montelimar Guadalupe View Map
  • Operator Greenway Nature Tours
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 100 5 hours View Tour
Next Departures
May 22
May 23
Highlights
  • Experience San Jose by night with a local to guide the way.
  • Explore markets, significant city buildings, and local neighbourhoods.
  • Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the city.
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Urban Adventures
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San Jose By Night: Food And Culture

of 1 review
Wine.         Oh, we need to say more ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San Jose/San Jose
  • Operator Urban Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
SaveUS$ 4
From US$ 79 4 hours View Tour
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May 23 10+ seats left
May 24 10+ seats left
Highlights
  • The stars of this trip are the dramatic landscapes of Central America.
  • Quaint Suchitoto is a contemporary arts hub with a colonial facade.
  • Stray off the beaten track in El Cuco, where the dark-sand beaches are secluded and the surf breaks are gentle and reliable.
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Intrepid Travel
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Central American Journey

of 152 reviews
From tropical forests alive with jungle melodies to vast freshwater lakes and active volcanoes, this ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Antigua/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 1 day ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
SaveUS$ 493
From US$ 1,715 US$ 1,286 17 days View Tour
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May 27 Only 5 seats left
Jun 3 Only 3 seats left
Highlights
  • Who hasn't dreamt of snorkelling, sun-baking and cocktail-sipping in the Caribbean? Enjoy plenty of time to do just this in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, as well as seeing sloths, racoons and monkeys in nearby Cahulta National Park.
  • Dial the relaxation up a notch in Bocas del Toro, Panama, spending several nights on nearby Isla Bastimentos.
  • Waterfalls, wildflowers, hot springs and mountains - beautiful Boquete has it all.
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Intrepid Travel
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Costa Rica & Panama Discovery

of 62 reviews
Adventure-lovers rejoice! Here is a trip that delivers pure beach bliss, idyllic islands, curious creatures ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San Jose/Panama City View Map
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 1 day ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
SaveUS$ 300
From US$ 1,250 US$ 1,000 13 days View Tour
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Jun 12 10+ seats left
Jun 19 Only 7 seats left
Highlights
  • Discover the secrets and wonders of one of the world’s favourite foods – chocolate!.
  • Befriend the residents of the Selva Tropical Rain Forest – toucans, monkeys, parrots and more!.
  • Take on the Tirimbina Suspension Bridge and cacao plantation.
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Urban Adventures
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Tropical Rainforest And Chocolate Adventure

of 3 reviews
Fact: chocolate releases feel-good chemicals into the body when eaten. Fact: looking at baby animals ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San Jose/San Jose
  • Operator Urban Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
SaveUS$ 8
From US$ 150 10 hours View Tour
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May 23 10+ seats left
May 25 10+ seats left
Highlights
  • Raft down the Pacuare River.
  • Enjoy great activities in Arenal.
  • Explore the Monteverde cloud forest.
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Green World Adventures
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Eco Adventure Trip In Costa Rica (Best Seller!)

of 9 reviews
Don't miss this chance to get your adrenaline pumping in Central America. Join us on ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San Jose/San Jose
  • Operator Green World Adventures
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 1,300 9 days View Tour
Next Departures
May 22
May 23
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Bamba Experience

Avocado Express Ways (from Panama City)

Travel around Panama, Costa Rica on this flexible hop-on hop-off pass allowing you to take ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Panama City/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Bamba Experience Active 3 minutes ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
SavingUS$ 38
From US$ 716 8 days View Tour
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May 23 10+ seats left
May 24 10+ seats left
Highlights
  • White water rafting from San Jose to Arenal.
  • Presents the best of sightseeing and nature.
  • The best way to commute!.
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Costa Rica Green Adventures
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Rafting From San Jose To Arenal

Your tour begins with hotel pickup from your hotel in San Jose. You will meet ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San Jose/Alajuela View Map
  • Operator Costa Rica Green Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 125 10 hours View Tour
Next Departures
May 22
May 23
Highlights
  • Discover Cartago, a historical town just outside San Jose.
  • Bike through the streets of Cartago with a local guide.
  • Learn all about the colonial history of the area and daily local life.
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Urban Adventures
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Cartago Bike & Train Tour

of 2 reviews
Wave goodbye to the dizzying crowds on this San Jose tour that takes you out ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San Jose/San Jose
  • Operator Urban Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
SaveUS$ 3
From US$ 63 6 hours View Tour
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May 23 10+ seats left
May 24 10+ seats left
Highlights
  • Volcano hiking.
  • Cultural experience.
  • Visit small local towns.
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Greenway Nature Tours
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Irazu Volcano National Park And Cartago City Highlights

Irazú Volcano National Park is a National Park in the Central Volcanic Conservation Area of ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Montelimar Guadalupe/Montelimar Guadalupe View Map
  • Operator Greenway Nature Tours
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 175 9 hours View Tour
Next Departures
May 22
May 23
Highlights
  • Discover the secrets behind handicrafts, herbal remedies, and fresh produce at Borbon and San Jose Central Market.
  • Become a mixologist of natural Costa Rican drinks and an expert on more than 30 local exotic fruits and vegetables.
  • Savor several tasty seasonal samplings of Costa Rica as well as its famous organic coffee.
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Urban Adventures
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San Jose Bites And Sights Tour

of 2 reviews
Unmask the beauty and culture of contemporary Costa Rican life on this San Jose walking ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San Jose/San Jose
  • Operator Urban Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
SaveUS$ 2
From US$ 36 3 hours View Tour
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May 23 Only 4 seats left
May 24 10+ seats left
Highlights
  • Explore San Jose’s Barrio Escalante and its collection of awesome local pubs.
  • Experience the Costa Rica craft beer revolution first-hand.
  • Sample some of San Jose’s best local craft beers in the microbreweries where they’re made.
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Urban Adventures
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The Art Of Craft Beer In San Jose

of 3 reviews
Did you get the memo? There’s a beer revolution going down in Costa Rica ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San Jose/San Jose
  • Operator Urban Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
SaveUS$ 4
From US$ 74 4 hours View Tour
Next Departures
May 23 10+ seats left
May 24 10+ seats left
Highlights
  • Cruise the canals in search of wildlife..
  • Hike through the pristine environment of Tortuguero National Park..
  • Search for sea turtles when in season.
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G Adventures

Tortuguero National Park Tour – 4-Day Independent Adventure

Short on time but need more of Costa Rica? Tortuguero National Park, a remote coastal ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San José/San José View Map
  • Operator G Adventures Active 17 hours ago
  • Tour Type Self-Guided Tour
SavingUS$ 25
From US$ 474 4 days View Tour
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May 26 10+ seats left
May 27 10+ seats left
Highlights
  • Swap the concrete jungle for the real thing on this trip into the rainforests, waterways, hot springs and palm-lined beaches of Costa Rica.
  • Long-nosed tapirs, white-faced capuchin monkeys, elegant ocelots and three-toed sloths – Costa Rica is home to all manner of exotic native animals, and this trip puts you in the perfect position to spot them.
  • Spend three days in the dense, vibrant forest of Monteverde, home to one of the worlds most elusive birds – the resplendent quetzal.
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Intrepid Travel
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Classic Costa Rica

of 80 reviews
Discover the incredible biodiversity of Costa Rica – and the culture shaped by the tropical ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 1 day ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
SaveUS$ 445
From US$ 1,855 US$ 1,484 15 days View Tour
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Jun 13 Only 7 seats left
Jun 22 Only 6 seats left
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San Jose Tour Reviews

4.7 - Excellent Based on 206 customer reviews
Lots of variety and plenty of memorable experiences Reviewed Tour: From Caribbean Coast to the Pacific
Paul King From UK At
5 - Excellent
“The tour was well thought out, with a nice blend between activities and relaxation. We stayed in 6 different locations and each provided something unique and enjoyable. It is hard to pick top highlights of the tour as there were so many.. which is testament to the tour and hence recommend it highly. All the were all at least “good” and some very nice (particularly los lacos in arenal). Transfers between the locations were efficient and takes a lot of stress off the experience.”
Amazing Coast to Coast adventure Reviewed Tour: Costa Rica Coast to Coast
Jason Marshall From New Zealand At
5 - Excellent
“Me and my travel companion, have been talking about how well done and amazing our Coast to Coast adventure was everyday since we completed it. This has brought big smiles to us.
Every moment was well done, right from the start with Juan Carlos picking us from the airport to the day he said goodbye. Juan Carlos is an amazing and knowledgeable man.
This can also be said for the other crew you have working for you as well. Memo, the man that knows everyone is an amazing cook and support ( I hope his back stays strong), Julio the kayak safety guide will be a very good guide with his passion for the jungle, rivers, wildlife and people and the wild fruit he shared with us.
Juan Carlos is so friendly and helpful. He gave us so much information about the areas we visited, the people we meet along the way and the different plants and animals. The organization JC and Memo provided was 5 star.
Coast to Coast Adventures is an incredible company your planning, communication, safety and details are a true credit to you, Thank You.”
A beautiful Costa Rica memory Reviewed Tour: Costa Rica Coast to Coast
Leah Paterson From New Zealand At
5 - Excellent
“I write this email to send a HUGE thank you to the recent team who made this experience in CR a lifetime beautiful memory.
From the moment we were met at the San Jose airport it was a seamless, well organized trip.
For the next 12 days our guide Juan Carlos(JC), our driver Memo and the boys made us feel like family.
The entire trip was exhilarating.. a sensory experience and sensation .. from the activities each day...the food.. the local changing scenery.. the teams knowledge...and being in the most wonderful and varied locations each night.
The accommodation never disappointed me...the small tents.. then a lovely hotel room.
Santa Maria and then the hill climb the next day.
The Soda eateries.. Memo & JC food.And and and and and.. the list is too long to type.It was utterly beyond my expectations.
Please say thanks to the team. As we sit in Santa Teresa surfing we recommend this trip daily to others.
Keep this adventure going and I would repeat it any day if I ever get another opportunity .”

San Jose - Tour Highlights and Travel Tips

Holidays in San Jose are not something most people who visit Costa Rica get to experience. In fact, 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.

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. Read more about places to visit in our travel guide, Best Day Trips from San Jose

If you want more ideas on how to spend a day in San Jose read our travel guide on Things to do in San Jose

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. Check out Best Time to Visit Costa Rica for more information.  
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