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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Private La 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 Active 3 hours ago
  • Activities Hiking & Hot springs +3 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range5+ years old
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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 Small Group Tour
  • Operator Costa Rica Itinerary
  • Activities Hiking & Wildlife +3 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range1+ years old
hours12 From US$ 138 View Tour
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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 ...
  • Tour Type Private Tour
  • Operator Green World Adventures Active 3 hours ago Premier This operator is consistently delivering tours which receive customer ratings above 4.5 on average.
  • Activities Nature and bush walks & Natural landmarks sightseeing +5 more
  • Accommodation Hotel & Resort
  • Transport Boat & Jeep
  • Age Range2+ years old
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Tortuguero One Day Tour

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12 hour wildlife tour 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$ 129 View Tour
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Irazu Volcano National Park and Cartago City Highlights

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9 hour volcanoes tour through San Jose and Irazú Volcano. Read More
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  • Operator Greenway Nature Tours Active 3 hours ago
  • Activities Volcanoes & Nature and bush walks +2 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range1+ years old
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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!
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  • Operator Greenway Nature Tours Active 3 hours ago
  • Activities Hot springs & Hiking +2 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range5+ years old
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San Jose Food Tour: Farm to Table

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4 hour food tour in San Jose. Read More
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  • 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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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
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  • Operator Costa Rica Green Adventures
  • Activities Sightseeing Tours & Adventure +2 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range5+ years old
hours08 From US$ 115 View Tour
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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, ...
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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 & City sightseeing
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range6+ years old
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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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  • Operator Bamba Active 5 hours ago Premier This operator is consistently delivering tours which receive customer ratings above 4.5 on average.
  • Activities National parks & Safari
  • Accommodation Lodge & Eco Lodge
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  • Age Range18+ years old
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Private Britt Coffee Tour With Lunch

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5 hour countryside and village visits tour in San Jose. Read More
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  • Operator Greenway Nature Tours Active 3 hours ago
  • Activities Countryside and village visits & Farm and plantation visits +1 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range1+ years old
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Rafting from San Jose to Arenal

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10 hour adventure trip in San Jose. Read More
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  • Operator Costa Rica Green Adventures
  • Activities Adventure & Rafting
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range5+ years old
hours10 From US$ 125 View Tour
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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.
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Private Cartago Highlights, Irazu Volcano & Hot Springs

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9 hour city sightseeing tour through San Jose and Irazú Volcano. Read More
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  • Operator Greenway Nature Tours Active 3 hours ago
  • Activities City sightseeing & Natural landmarks sightseeing +4 more
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range1+ years old
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San Jose Tour Reviews

5 - Excellent
Based on 278 customer reviews
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4 - Very Good
  • Anonymous
  • From USA
“Pros: the locations were just beautiful
The lodging was mostly terrific.
The thermal baths were a highlight.
Outdoor activities were well-planned.
Drivers and guides were the best: knowledgeable and courteous
The practices of CR people and places were COVID-safe, with one exception (Manuel Antonio National Park)
Cons: ticketed breakfast and lunches were not that great. We found paying for our own gave us more options and better Food.
Manuel Antonio park was the exception. No masks, no distancing and too many people together. It was disappointing.”
Great mini vacation.
4 - Very Good
  • Ian Brower
  • From USA
“Beautiful area. My favorite in Costa Rica. Camo Island and the national park were amazing.”
Excellent
5 - Excellent
  • Trisha Miller
  • From Costa Rica
“Excellent”

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. 
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