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
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“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.”
“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.”
“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 .”
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.
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 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.