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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Eco Adventure Trip in Costa Rica (Best seller!)

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Best bang for your buck! It was amazing and everything was planned out perfectly. The hotels, the tr ...
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  • Activities Rafting & Natural landmarks sightseeing +7 more
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Arenal Volcano & Monteverde Cloud Forest

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The weather was great! Costa Rica is great! We got adventure and relaxation. Beyond my expectations ...
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  • Activities Nature and bush walks & Natural landmarks sightseeing +5 more
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  • Age Range 2-79 yrs
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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
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  • Age Range 5-79 yrs
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Classic Costa Rica

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15 day adventure trip to San Jose, Tortuguero National Park and 5 other destinations traveling through Costa Rica and Panama. Read More
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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
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  • Age Range 1-90 yrs
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Costa Rica Adventure

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Highly recommend going on this trip! Lots of wildlife! And lots of adventure! Had the best time!
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Costa Rica Adventure

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Cost Rica Adventure was amazing, we packed so much into just 10 days! We stayed in five different pl ...
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  • Activities Rainforest and jungle visits & Adventure +2 more
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Costa Rica Experience

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9 day active and outdoor tour through San Jose, Santa Rosa De Pocosol, Arenal and 3 other destinations in Costa Rica. Read More
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  • Activities Active and outdoor & City sightseeing +5 more
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Costa Rica Five Star Experience

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Awesome Adventure!!
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From the Caribbean Coast to the Pacific Side

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Its the second time in Costa Rica, the people are nice and its so beautiful here! Dont want to leave
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Four Days in Osa Peninsula: Corcovado National Park

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4 day hiking trip in Costa Rica, visiting Corcovado National Park, San Jose and Sierpe. Read More
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San Jose Food Tour: Farm to Table

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4 hour food trip in San Jose. Read More
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Tortuguero National Park Adventure 2D/1N

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2 day national parks trip visiting Tortuguero National Park and San Jose in Costa Rica. Read More
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San Jose Tour Reviews

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Amazing tour with Manu
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“An amazing 10 days with Manu as our guide, he went over and above to add extra highlights of his own to the itinerary. The home stay was amazing and other best parts included hot springs in La Fortuna, sunset in Monteverde and Montezuma. Manu is so knowledgable and passionate about Costa Rica and creates a great, easy and fun vibe for the trip.”
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5 - Excellent
  • E Daly
“Manu made the Costa Rica experience. His knowledge of Costa Rica as well as his laid back friendly approach. You can tell how much he loves this beautiful country and he shares that love with us. Loved the activities, loved the accomodation and loved the group. 10/10 experience, would do again Thankyou Manu!!”
Exotic Landscapes of Costa Rica
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  • Anonymous
“Oldemar and his team are amazing. This package was wonderful including mostly private transports, awesome staff at all tours and hotels. I totally enjoyed the high intensity outdoor events. (Many not the night zip lining for novices). The guide was terrific though and I made it though. I would definitely recommend this package and company. The 9 day package was just as impressive as the 15 day one was for Jamie. CR does tourism right!”

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.