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A tour in San Jose is not complete without a visit to the National Theatre.

San Jose Tours and Holidays 2018/19

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 ...

82 Trips in San Jose with 210 Reviews

Highlights
  • Stroll through lively markets in San Jose
  • Explore the jungle in the Tortuguero National Park
  • Chill out to the sounds of nature in Sarapiqui
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Intrepid Travel

Classic Costa Rica

of 80 reviews
Every year thousands of tourists travel to Costa Rica but few get to experience this... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 7 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,695 15 days View Tour
Highlights
  • Wander through the artisan stalls of San Jose’s Plaza de la Cultura
  • Learn some home-cooked recipes on a visit to the Juanilama agricultural community
  • Hike the forested jungle trails of Manuel Antonio National Park
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Intrepid Travel

Costa Rica Experience

of 49 reviews
Even in a region well known for its natural diversity, Costa Rica is still a... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 7 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,085 9 days View Tour
Highlights
  • Experience the Costa Rican rainforest, mountains and coast
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Exodus

Discover Costa Rica

of 55 reviews
The tropical climate of Costa Rica supports a range of ecosystems encompassing thick jungle, cloud... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Exodus Active 8 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 2,909 15 days View Tour
Highlights
  • Discover the neoclassical architecture of San Jose on a walking tour with a real local.
  • Wander through San Jose’s massive Central Market, tasting exotic fruits and learning the secrets behind a proper cup of Costa Rican coffee.
  • Ride a bike through Cartago and fall in love with its colonial charm.
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Intrepid Travel

San Jose Stopover

Pick up a paddle and prepare for a thrilling stopover in San Jose that takes... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 7 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 500 4 days View Tour
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Tucan Travel

Costa Rica Encompassed

of 26 reviews
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This is the ultimate tour for nature lovers who want to experience Costa Rica’s complete... ... Read More

  • Starts/Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Tucan Travel
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,639 US$ 1,311 14 days View Tour
Highlights
  • Discover Central America, a land of mysterious Mayan ruins, active volcanoes, idyllic beaches and emerald jungles.
  • Experience an El Salvador of the past in the colonial town of Suchitoto, before savouring the blissful present on its black sand beaches.
  • Volcanoes, wildlife-rich rainforest, stunning beaches and ancient rock carvings - Ometepe Island has it all.
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Intrepid Travel

Central American Journey

of 152 reviews
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Get ready for a fast-paced adventure through the best of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Antigua/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 7 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,685 US$ 1,348 17 days View Tour
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Tucan Travel

Nature Trails

of 13 reviews
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Take a tour through captivating Costa Rica and experience the natural beauty this Central American... ... Read More

  • Starts/Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Tucan Travel
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,029 US$ 823 9 days View Tour
Highlights
  • Connect with your hosts in an Ometepe homestay experience
  • Laugh with the locals during a chicken bus journey
  • Bliss out on a remote stretch of Nicaraguan beach
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G Adventures
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Backroads Of Central America

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Take the road less travelled through Central America with other travellers your own age –... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends San José/Antigua Guatemala View Map
  • Operator G Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,749 US$ 1,574 18 days View Tour
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Tucan Travel

Tortuguero Costa

of 5 reviews
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Swim in warm waters, relax on sandy beaches and observe some of the richest wildlife... ... Read More

  • Starts/Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Tucan Travel
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,029 US$ 823 9 days View Tour
Highlights
  • Jungles, mountains and coast: Costa Rica is a natural paradise
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Exodus

Natural Highlights Of Costa Rica

of 2 reviews
A tropical paradise bursting with wildlife; Christopher Columbus was right to christen Costa Rica the... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Exodus Active 8 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,800 8 days View Tour
Highlights
  • Scenic drive through Braulio Carrillo National Park.
  • View Arenal Volcano
  • Visit Tortuguero National Park, Sarapiquí and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with its canopy skywalk
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Trafalgar

Costa Rica Eco Adventure End San Jose

of 15 reviews
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All the iconic experiences of Costa Rica come together on this eco-adventure-visiting Tortuguero National Park... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Trafalgar
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 2,183 US$ 1,965 8 days View Tour
Highlights
  • From Caribbean to Pacific, the best of Costa Rica on foot.
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Exodus

Costa Rica Coast To Coast

of 1 review
Follow handpicked walking trails in search of wildlife, waterfalls and outstanding views. From emerald rainforests... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Exodus Active 8 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 3,325 13 days View Tour
Highlights
  • Trek into a remote community to live with the locals
  • Sleep in a cave behind twin waterfalls
  • Make your own sugarcane candy
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G Adventures
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Trek Hidden Costa Rica

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Think you know Costa Rica? Trade in the same old settings for the real deal... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends San José/San José View Map
  • Operator G Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,849 US$ 1,571 12 days View Tour
Highlights
  • Discover the rainforest, volcanoes and coastline of captivating Costa Rica
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Exodus

Active Costa Rica

of 5 reviews
From rumbling volcanoes to sweeping, sandy beaches, Costa Rica’s beauty is evident in every corner... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Exodus Active 8 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 2,078 9 days View Tour
Highlights
  • Cycle stretches of the Costa Rican Pacific coastline
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Exodus

Costa Rica Coast To Coast Ride

of 10 reviews
Take in the variety of Costa Rica by bike, pedalling past rainforest, volcanoes and stunning... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Exodus Active 8 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 3,186 14 days View Tour
Highlights
  • Dive into the heart of one of the world’s most biologically diverse countries, travelling along rivers, through dense rainforest, past towering volcanoes and to blissful beaches on a journey that will awaken your inner nature-lover.
  • Glide through the waterways of Tortuguero NP, seek out monkeys and turtles by foot and boat, and drift off to sleep surrounded by the sounds of wildlife.
  • Get active on an incredible range of outdoor pursuits, from battling rapids while whitewater rafting to climbing up to volcanic craters, safariing for crocs, and hiking through jungle.
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Intrepid Travel

Costa Rica Family Adventure

of 1 review
Travel to Costa Rica on this tailored family tour and encounter a country bursting with... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 7 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 2,445 8 days View Tour
Highlights
  • Paddle through world-class rapids on the Pacuare River
  • Indulge in a wide variety of activity and adventure
  • Mountain bike in the shadow of Arenal Volcano
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G Adventures
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Costa Rica Active Adventure

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Trekking, biking, horseback riding, kayaking, ziplining. Costa Rica really is the "Adventure Capital of the... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends San José/San José
  • Operator G Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,749 US$ 1,574 13 days View Tour
Highlights
  • Explore the Selva Tropical Rain forest, home to toucans, monkeys, parrots and many more
  • Visit the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, home to 400 bird species
  • The original chocolate tour at the cocoa plantation
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Urban Adventures
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Cocoa Plantation And Rainforest Adventure

of 3 reviews
Get high on wildlife and chocolates from this tour that takes you through the amazing... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends San Jose/San Jose
  • Operator Urban Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 140 10 hours View Tour
Highlights
  • Become a part of Costa Rica's craft beer revolution
  • Visit Barrio Escalante to explore the top pubs in the area
  • Explore the world of Costa Rican tapas
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Urban Adventures
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San Jose Craft Beer And Breweries Tour

of 3 reviews
Did you get the memo? There’s a beer revolution going down in Costa... ... Read More
  • Starts San Jose
  • Operator Urban Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 71 3 hours View Tour
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
  • Operator Costa Rica Green Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 125 10 hours View Tour
Next Departures
Jan 22
Jan 23
Highlights
  • Dive into the heart of one of the world’s most biologically diverse countries, through rivers, dense rainforest, misty cloud forest, past towering volcanoes and to blissful beaches on a journey that will leave you in love with nature.
  • Glide through the waterways of Tortuguero NP, seek out monkeys and turtles by foot and boat, and drift off to sleep surrounded by the sounds of wildlife.
  • Get active on an incredible range of outdoor pursuits, from battling rapids while whitewater rafting to galloping through forest on horseback, hiking through jungle to waterfalls, walking high up in the canopy, and whizzing from tree to tree on a zipline.
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Intrepid Travel

Costa Rica Family Holiday

of 1 review
Experience the drama of Costa Rica’s landscapes, the real flavours of its culture and cuisine... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 7 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 3,185 15 days View Tour
Highlights
  • Experience the diversity of Costa Rica's environment
  • Lay back and relax in La Fortuna hot springs
  • Spot wildlife in the lush Monteverde cloud forest
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Intrepid Travel

Costa Rica Express

of 2 reviews
The jewel of Central America, Costa Rica's environment is world-renowned for being diverse, vibrant and... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 7 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 1,750 9 days View Tour
Highlights
  • Discover Costa Rica's secrets, from wildlife rich waterways to the dense jungle coastline
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Exodus

Costa Rica's Coastal Secrets

of 12 reviews
From the wildlife rich waterways of Tortuguero to the dense jungle coastline of the Osa... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends San Jose/San Jose View Map
  • Operator Exodus Active 8 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 3,325 14 days View Tour
Highlights
  • Hear a lecture from a researcher at the Monteverde Institute
  • Learn how to make tortillas during a visit to a local family home
  • Spot wildlife while cruising the canals of Tortuguero
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G Adventures
Free Cancellation

Explore Costa Rica

Winter Sales
Costa Rica may be small but it’s loaded with opportunity for adventure. This two-week itinerary... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends San José/San José
  • Operator G Adventures
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 2,599 US$ 2,339 14 days View Tour
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San Jose Tour Reviews

4.6 - Excellent Based on 210 customer reviews
Average Reviewed Tour: Panama Panorama
3 - Average
“Panama - I've emailed feedbacks ”
Average Reviewed Tour: Panama Panorama
3 - Average
“I took the tour aware that is a low budget tour! ”
Very Good Reviewed Tour: Panama Panorama
4 - Very Good
“I only joined for the last leg of the journey which started in Mexico City at San Jose Costa Rica Border crossing into Panama I've encounted worse.I enjoyed the 8 days travelling group got on well tour leader was knowledgeable.”
Excellent Reviewed Tour: Panama Panorama
5 - Excellent
“Great quick getaway tour was only a week but felt like I had been away for a month. Very organized and plenty of down time so I could still relax. Tour leader was fantastic.”
Very Good Reviewed Tour: Panama Panorama
4 - Very Good
“Definitely kept one moving”
Average Reviewed Tour: Costa Rica Encompassed
3 - Average
“Will submit further comments in email to feedback email address. ”
Excellent Reviewed Tour: Costa Rica Encompassed
5 - Excellent
“Well structured tour with group of like minded travellers. Free days allowed for optional excursions with activities to suit all tastes & ages. ”
Very Good Reviewed Tour: Costa Rica Encompassed
4 - Very Good
“Was Good.”
Average Reviewed Tour: Costa Rica Encompassed
3 - Average
“Tour was about what i expected liked the freedom of having a lot of optional excursions. Would have rated higher but accommodation at times was below expectations due to what appeared to be long term maintenance issues and issues with tour leader”

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.

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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