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 Food Tour: Farm to Table

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4 hour food tour in San Jose. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Operator Foodie Tours Costa Rica
  • Activities Food tours
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range18+ years old
hours04 From US$ 135 View Tour
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  • Mar 02
  • Mar 03
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Private Arenal Fortuna Waterfall & Hot Springs

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On this day trip you will visit Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna and San Jose. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Operator Greenway Nature Tours
  • Activities Hiking & Hot springs +3 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range5+ years old
hours12 From US$ 215 View Tour
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  • Mar 04
  • Mar 05
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Full day in Manuel Antonio from San Jose

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On this day trip you will visit Manuel Antonio National Park, Punta Arenas and San Jose. Read More
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Operator Costa Rica Itinerary
  • Activities Hiking & Wildlife +3 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range1+ years old
hours12 From US$ 139 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Mar 02
  • Mar 03
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Tortuguero One Day Tour

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12 hour wildlife trip through San Jose and Tortuguero National Park. Read More
  • Operator Costa Rica Itinerary
  • Activities Wildlife & Safari
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range5+ years old
hours12 From US$ 120 View Tour
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  • Mar 02
  • Mar 03
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Irazu Volcano National Park and Cartago City Highlights

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9 hour eco trip through San Jose and Irazú Volcano. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Operator Greenway Nature Tours
  • Activities Eco tours & Volcanoes +3 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range5+ years old
hours09 From US$ 175 View Tour
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  • Mar 04
  • Mar 05
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Private Transfer to Arenal is included La Paz Waterfalls

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8 hour sightseeing trip that takes you through San Jose, La Paz Waterfall, and 2 other destinations. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Operator Costa Rica Green Adventures Active 50 minutes ago
  • Activities Sightseeing Tours & Adventure +2 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range5+ years old
hours08 From US$ 345 View Tour
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  • Mar 03
  • Mar 04
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Arenal Volcano & Monteverde Cloud Forest

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Would go back again.
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  • Operator Green World Adventures Superior This operator is consistently delivering tours which receive customer ratings above 4.0 on average.
  • Activities Nature and bush walks & Natural landmarks sightseeing +5 more
  • Accommodation Hotel & Resort
  • Transport Boat & Jeep
  • Age Range2+ years old
days05 From US$ 805 View Tour
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  • Mar 04
  • Mar 05
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San Jose By Night: Food and Culture

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This tour exceeded our expectations and was made most memorable by our guide Jurgen, and our driver, ...
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Operator Urban Adventures Premier This operator is consistently delivering tours which receive customer ratings above 4.5 on average.
  • Activities Food tours & City sightseeing
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range6+ years old
hours04 From US$ 74
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  • Mar 04 Only 10 seats left
  • Mar 05 10+ seats left
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Private Arenal Volcano Hanging Bridges & Hot Springs

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Tour was amazing, safe driving, learned so much, it was so fun. Very professional but relaxed!
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Operator Greenway Nature Tours
  • Activities Active and outdoor & Explorer +4 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range5+ years old
hours12 From US$ 225 View Tour
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  • Mar 04
  • Mar 05
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Private Coffee Tour with Lunch

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5 hour food trip in San Jose. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Operator Greenway Nature Tours
  • Activities Food tours & Countryside and village visits +2 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range1+ years old
hours05 From US$ 140 View Tour
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  • Mar 04
  • Mar 05
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Rafting from San Jose to Arenal

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10 hour adventure tour in San Jose. Read More
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Operator Costa Rica Green Adventures Active 50 minutes ago
  • Activities Adventure & Rafting
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range5+ years old
hours10 From US$ 125 View Tour
Next Departures
  • Mar 04
  • Mar 06
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Private Cartago Highlights, Irazu Volcano & Hot Springs

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9 hour city sightseeing trip through San Jose and Irazú Volcano. Read More
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Operator Greenway Nature Tours
  • Activities City sightseeing & Natural landmarks sightseeing +4 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range5+ years old
hours09 From US$ 195 View Tour
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  • Mar 04
  • Mar 05
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San Jose Bites and Sights Tour

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This was an excellent tour. We got our exercise plus a lot of good information on local San Jose sit ...
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  • Operator Urban Adventures Premier This operator is consistently delivering tours which receive customer ratings above 4.5 on average.
  • Activities Food tours
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range+ years old
hours03 From US$ 38
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  • Mar 04 Only 10 seats left
  • Mar 05 10+ seats left
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Tortuga Island Cruise

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14 hour cruise trip through Tortuga Island and San Jose. Read More
  • Tour Type Group Tour
  • Operator Gray Line Costa Rica
  • Activities Cruise & Natural landmarks sightseeing +1 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range1+ years old
hours14 From US$ 135 View Tour
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  • Mar 04
  • Mar 05
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San Jose - Tour Highlights and Travel Tips

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.