Overview San Jose

Visiting San Jose

Some see it as a stepping-stone to Costa Rica's cloud forests and volcanic peaks, but there's beauty of a different kind to be found in the city. Navigate brightly painted barrios on your way to a plate of gallo pinto, then take a salsa step in the direction of El Pueblo's upbeat Latin bars.

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Some see it as a stepping-stone to Costa Rica's cloud forests and volcanic peaks, but there's beauty of a different kind to be found in the city. Navigate brightly painted barrios on your way to a plate of gallo pinto, then take a salsa step in the direction of El Pueblo's upbeat Latin bars.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation in San Jose. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do; browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap San Jose flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo.    Close

Stories and Tips San Jose

Street Fair

Written by ripplefan2 on 09 Jul, 2007

While I was staying at the Costa Rica Backpackers House in San Jose, I decided to go for a gingerly walk through the city. While walking around, I found a small outdoor market near the government buildings. I was looking for some true Costa Rican…Read More


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Our Trip

Written by szaboa on 10 Apr, 2005

The first half of our trip was an all-inclusive package. We chose that since we wanted to go to Tortuguero, which is only accessible by boat or plane. It took a couple-hour boat ride to get to our resort - but you get…Read More


Combo Tour La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poas Volcano

Written by Nanah D on 25 Mar, 2004

This is an excellent tour while staying in San Jose. This is close to San Jose and does not require long periods of driving. We started out early, picked up by van and taken to breakfast in mountains. We then travelled to Doka…Read More


Costa Rica

Written by ripplefan2 on 14 Jun, 2007

If you are in need of a vacation away from the ordinary and into the heart of the extraordinary, Costa Rica is the place for you. With lush landscapes, friendly people and cheap prices, the ambience can’t be beat. In 2005, I headed down to…Read More


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VIP Lounge Costa Rica

Written by PNelson on 31 Aug, 2006

While waiting for my flight, (I have to be at the airport at least three hours before take off.. I know personal problem right??), I had the opportunity to visit the VIP lounge in the San Jose Airport..Unlike the Admirals club or some other…Read More


Where do I get off?

Written by dannynosleeves on 07 Feb, 2005

Ow. What the hell was that? Did something just stab my foot? I try and lift my leg up enough to see what this piercing pain in my ankle is, but it’s no use. These dilapidated bus seats are too small to do much more…Read More


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Day 5 . . . maybe?

Written by dannynosleeves on 07 Nov, 2004

I think it might be day five of our journey. I'm not really sure, though. I lost all sense of time by the first night really. It’s dark now. That’s not saying much, though, seeing as how it gets dark around 5pm. I’m writing by…Read More


Zapote Market

Written by Claire on 21 Sep, 2000

I never get tired of this ultimate cultural experience. The market happens every Sunday morning from earlier than most of us think of getting up, until about noon. We usually arrive about 8 a.m. We head first to the food stands for breakfast -- gallo…Read More


Spreading the Good News to the Ticos

Written by jodellebobelle on 09 Nov, 2005

My heart melts every time I recall this trip to Costa Rica. I went with my church group on my first overseas mission trip. We went into some very remote villages in Puriscal, San Antonio, and others to give out bibles to the people in…Read More


Pirate Night!

Written by dannynosleeves on 07 Nov, 2004

We drank like pirates last night! We saw that "Pirates of the Caribbean" was playing at Hot Rocks, the local movie theater/restaurant, so we decided to make a night of it-a drinking night to be exact. Once we had decided that we were going…Read More


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