San Jose Destination Guide

Why San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital and the largest city in the country, is considered to be among the most cosmopolitan cities in Latin America. Here you can find not only good accommodations and hotels, but many good restaurants, shopping centers, colorful markets and a vibrant night life.

San Jose Travel Directory

10 Reasons to Visit San Jose

Museums & Theaters

1) Museums & Theaters

San Jose, our lively capital, offers a wide variety of world-class museums, theaters, parks, historic buildings, and trendy neighborhoods that will pleasantly surprise those who want to find out more about our rich culture.

Best Coffee Worldwide

2) Best Coffee Worldwide

If there is a famous drink in Costa Rica it has to be coffee. By exporting around 1.5 million bags every year, our country is currently the 13th largest producer of coffee worldwide. There are eight different coffee regions in Costa Rica which produce different coffee flavors. Come to Costa Rica and sample the best gourmet coffee from the highlands!.

Mercado Central San Jose

3) Mercado Central San Jose

Mercado Central is the go-to place for buying craft art, souvenirs, ice cream, and traditional food. The little stores inside the market offer everything from pork and beef cheap lunches to sloth stuffed toy animals, funny t-shirts featuring parrots, and much more.

Poas Volcano & Irazu Volcano

4) Poas Volcano & Irazu Volcano

San Jose is surrounded by the Central and Talamanca volcanic mountain ranges; the latter one contains the highest peaks of Costa Rica. While you stay in San Jose take a day trip to the top of these mountains to experience the energy and stunning views of Poás or Irazú volcanos. Have dinner in one of the great restaurants of the area.

Rainforest Aerial Tram

5) Rainforest Aerial Tram

The tropical rainforest is about an hour from San Jose. Come and enjoy a glorious treetop flight over the jungle canopy. Explore every level of the dense jungle, from the ground to the treetops aboard a gondola. While beholding the stunning views of the majestic forest, spot the colorful wildlife made up of monkeys, sloths, and colorful birds.

Boutique Hotels

6) Boutique Hotels

Our capital is not only an excellent starting point for your journey, it is also a city with several quietly tucked-away and beautiful boutique hotels where you can rest, relax, and rejuvenate.

Medical Tourism

7) Medical Tourism

San Jose is home to top private and public accredited hospitals and clinics, and many doctors have training, certifications, and experience forged in U.S. They offer state-of-the-art surgery and recovery rooms facilities. Medical patients can take advantage of Costa Rica's famous nature, beaches, volcanoes, lakes and rivers, along with leading international and local hotel chains. Many resorts specialize in yoga and wellness retreats, spas, and weight-loss programs.

Domestic Flights

8) Domestic Flights

San Jose offers domestic flights to 12 important destinations within the country; so, if you are in San Jose area, you can take a short flight to the beach or the rainforest instead of driving 3 hours or more.

Meeting & Events

9) Meeting & Events

San Jose has become an important business spot for meetings and corporate events. Major companies from the U.S.A. and Canada have chosen us due to the infrastructure this city offers which allows to perform any type of event.

Driving Time to Hotels

10) Driving Time to Hotels

Most of the hotels are within 20 minutes distance from your chosen airport; this means you will be chilling out in your resort in no time right after your arrival.