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San Jose Costa Rica

With an altitude of 1,161 m above sea level San Jose enjoys a stable climate all year along and has an average temperature of 23°C with precipitations of 150 mm per month.


San Jose Costa Rica

Capital Of Costa Rica

San Jose Costa Rica, the capital of the country and found in the Central Valley.  The city was founded in 1738, but not until 1823 that it was given the name after Joseph of Nazareth.  It has become a modern, cosmopolitan city and is presently home a third of the country's entire population. This Latin American city is a pleasant place to live, and many foreigners have settled in the neighboring areas and suburbs. For example the Western areas of town in Escazu and Santa Ana. Also in Heredia located in the mountains where it is evidently cooler and with more rainfall.

What To Do In San Jose Costa RicaSuburbs

San Jose provides a surprisingly good assortment of museums, theaters, and different types of interests. Such as the Lankester Botanical Garden, the Central Market, Cloud Forest and a couple of nearby volcanoes.  This only adds to interesting day trips and Tours of San Jose Costa Rica.  

This Latin American city grew around its main plaza, La Plaza de la Cultura. This is where you can find the Gold Museum and the National Theater which is a mini replica of the Opera de Paris.  Nearby you will find Avenida Central which is a pedestrian shopping street that eventually leads to the Central Market. Here you can buy unique indigenous herbs and remedies, souvenirs, and typical food.  The nightlife in San Jose consists of amazing restaurants of international cuisines, bars, and casinos.

Where To Stay In San Jose

San Jose is relatively quite small compared to many other capital cities. However, the whole region is home to over a million people.  Upon arriving in San Jose, you can find different airport hotels to stay at.  Throughout the city, you have the option to choose between an apart hotel, an all-inclusive, a small boutique hotel, short or long-term rentals, or even one of the finest hotels in Costa Rica.  

The western suburbs of Santa Ana and Belen are where you can find some of the most luxurious hotels such as the Marriot, Real InterContinental, and Hotel Doubletree Cariari.  If you prefer to stay in the center of town, you have many options. For Example the Holiday Inn Aurola Hotel and the Barcelo San Jose Palacio. They are of the all-inclusive type of hotels, and you have the Hotel Grano de Oro, the Hotel Don Carlos, or the Hotel Alta in Santa Ana. Small distinctive hotels that are a bit more intimate and offer more privacy to their guests.

San Jose Costa Rica downtownSecrets Of San Jose

Don't skip out on passing through San Jose!  Many tourists have been flying directly to Liberia, without seeing what the capital has to offer.  For example, Barrio Amon has beautiful first-class neoclassical architecture, and some of these residences have turned into small hotels.  Take some time to visit some of San Jose's museums such as the Gold Museum, the National Museum, and the Jade Museum.  Elegant orchids can be found on the eastern side at the Lankester Botanical Garden.  If you have the chance to travel to San Jose, you will find out that this capital city is filled with life and color.

 

From: $200 - $300

Marriott Costa Rica San Jose

Marriott Costa Rica in San Jose

Chosen as one of the best hotels in Central America by Conde Nast magazine, this charming and luxurious hacienda-style hotel features 301 richly-adorned rooms and suites, offering guests excellent service and full amenities: 2 outdoor pools (1 adults-only with Jacuzzi), full-service Spa, 24-hour Fitness center, Beauty Salon, 2 restaurants and bars, all set on a magical 30-acre coffee plantation in the centrally-located district of Heredia in San Jose.

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From: $200 - $300

Xandari Resort

Xandari Resort and Spa Hotel

Xandari Plantation encompasses 21 expansive villas on a 40 acre coffee and fruit plantation overlooking Costa Rica’s Central Valley – the masterpiece of architect Sherrill Broudy and artist Charlene Broudy, who visualized a paradise reflective of Costa Rica’s incomparable beauty.

Type Boutique Nature Health & Wellness Off The Beaten Path

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From: Under $125

Hotel Grano de Oro Bedroom

Hotel Grano de Oro

Situated on a shady street just off Paseo Colón, San José’s main thoroughfare, Hotel Grano de Oro is a sanctuary in the heart of the bustling, vibrant downtown with its myriad restaurants, shops, museums, and parks. Converted from a historic Victorian mansion, the 39-room hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home. Restaurante Grana de Oro merges Costa Rican European-Tropical fusion cuisine under the expertise of French-trained Chef Francis Canal and is one of the most renowned restaurants in the country. Breakfast not included.

Type Boutique Family Friendly Romantic

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Alta Hotel Costa Rica

Hotel Alta las Palomas

In a relaxed atmosphere of understated elegance in the hills of Escazu with sparkling views of the valley, this charming Hacienda-style boutique hotel offers 23 luxury rooms and suites, fine dining at their fusion bistro – La Luz Restaurant Bar and Lounge, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi amid lush tropical gardens, fitness center with sauna, and tranquil library for coffee and conversation throughout the day.

Type Boutique Family Friendly Romantic

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From: Under $125

Courtyard Marriott Alajuela Two Bed Bedroom

Courtyard Marriott Alajuela

The Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela offers style, convenience and value close to downtown San Jose and just 5 minutes from the Juan Santamaria San Jose International Airport, ideal for those with early or late connections. This modern hotel features 127 sophisticated and spacious rooms and suites, an indoor pool, 24- hour Fitness center, Market and GoBoard information center, plus plenty of areas to work and relax with complimentary high-speed Internet, safes, LCD TVs and desks with ergonomic chairs and multiple outlets.

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From: Under $125

Hilton Garden Inn Costa Rica Lobby

Hilton Garden Inn San Jose La Sabana

Conveniently Located in the Heart of San Jose! The Hilton Garden Inn Costa Rica strategically located in the Sabana Business Center. A twenty story mixed use complex close to many of the San Jose iconic landmarks. The La Sabana Metropolitan Park is direct across from the hotel, and the brand new National Stadium just steps […]

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From: Under $125

Holiday Inn San Jose Aurola

Holiday Inn San Jose Aurola

One of downtown San Jose’s most friendly centrally-located hotels, with a beautiful view of Morazán Park and the National Museum, it has 195 rooms and suites, an indoor pool/Jacuzzi, 24-hour fitness center, and 2 restaurants. Breakfast is included. Enjoy the heart in the Heart of Costa Rica!

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From: $125 - $200

Residence Inn Bed & Living Room

Residence Inn Costa Rica

The Residence Inn San Jose Escazu’s proximity to the airport makes it a great place to either start or end your trip here in Costa Rica!

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From: Under $125

Holiday Inn Escazu Bedroom

Holiday Inn Escazu

The Holiday Inn Escazu is conveniently located in the ever so popular and trendy area of Escazu, a few minutes away from Multiplaza, the most popular shopping mall of San Jose.

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From: $200 - $300

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn Bedroom

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn is a Pre-Columbian serene sanctuary nestled in 20 acres of organic coffee amongst hundreds of tropical trees and flora.

Type Boutique Family Friendly Nature Romantic

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From: $125 - $200

Hampton Inn San Jose Costa Rica Bedroom

Hampton Inn San Jose Costa Rica

Stay at the Hampton Inn San Jose by Hilton by the international airport in Alajuela. It is one of the preferred San Jose airport hotels and it is five minutes drive away!

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From: Under $125

Courtyard Marriott Escazu Two Bed Bedroom

Courtyard Marriott Escazu

Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Escazu, located in Costa Rica, is the perfect location for both your personal and business travel.

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From: Under $125

Hotel Presidente Bedroom

Hotel Presidente Costa Rica

Located in the heart of San Jose on Central Avenue and walking distance to many of the major sites and museums, the iconic Hotel Presidente Costa Rica offers guests 91 contemporary rooms that are the most spacious available downtown.

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From: $125 - $200

Park Inn Costa Rica Bedroom

Park Inn Costa Rica

The Park Inn San José has 117 contemporary, spacious and elegantly appointed guest rooms outfitted with king- or queen-size orthopedic beds and is situated in the perfect location walking distance to downtown with its fine restaurants and major attractions. Superior amenities like plasma TV’s with High-Definition Cable channels, free high-speed Internet room access and well-stocked mini bars will make your stay in San Jose, Costa Rica comfortable and convenient.

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From: Under $125

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Hotel Don Carlos Costa Rica

Located in historic Barrio Amon and a short walk to the bustling restaurants, shops and museums of downtown San Jose, Hotel Don Carlos is a delightful, boutique hotel offering 30 standard and deluxe rooms, each uniquely decorated with authentic local flair. Enjoy one of Costa Rica’s finest private art collections as you stroll through the gallery-like corridors and quiet gardens, pastoral fountains, acclaimed restaurant and pool.

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From: $125 - $200

Hotel Tryp Sabana Bedroom

Hotel Tryp Sabana Costa Rica

Hotel Tryp Sabana San José has a perfect location as it is only 20 minutes away from Juan Santamaria International Airport and close to the city center of San José.

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From: $125 - $200

DoubleTree Cariari By Hilton Bedroom

DoubleTree Cariari by Hilton

For business and leisure travelers alike, the Hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari is THE place to stay in San Jose! This is the ideal place to begin and end your vacation!

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From: $200 - $300

Barcelo San Jose Costa Rica Hotel

Barcelo San Jose Costa Rica

Barcelo San Jose Palacio is a metropolitan luxury Hotel. The resort is 14 km from the airport and only 5 km to the National Theatre.

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From: Under $125

Hotel Crowne Plaza Two Bedroom

Hotel Crowne Plaza Corobici

The Corobici Hotel, with 15 modern meeting rooms for groups of up to 1000 people, caters best to active business men and women.

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From: Under $125

Hotel Bougainvillea Costa Rica

Hotel Bougainvillea Costa Rica

At the Hotel Bougainvillea you’ll easily forget that you’re just 15 minutes from downtown or the airport in San José. Set amidst the coffee farms of Santo Domingo de Heredia, the hotel has extensive gardens dominated by mature trees and brightened by tropical flowers, and offers 81 deluxe rooms, a picturesque outdoor pool, tennis courts, fitness center, epicurean restaurant and bar.

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From: Under $125

Hotel Sleep Inn Bedroom

Hotel Sleep Inn Costa Rica

The Hotel Sleep Inn is in a comfortable Hotel right in the center of Costa Rica.

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From: Under $125

casa conde costa rica

Hotel Casa Conde Costa Rica

When time is valuable, excellent location is priceless. Casa Conde, Apartotel & Suites is just 5 minutes from downtown San Jose and only 30 minutes from the Juan Santamaría International Airport.

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From: Under $125

Adventure Inn Friendly Staff

Adventure Inn Costa Rica

Adventure Inn Hotel offers 34 luxury/standard rooms. The property is centrally located between Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) and Central America’s newest bustling city of San Jose, Costa Rica.

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From: $125 - $200

aloft san jose

Hotel Aloft San Jose

The Aloft San Jose Hotel is an exciting new extravagant hotel in the trendy suburb of Santa Ana, San Jose in Costa Rica.

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From: Under $125

Country inn and suites san jose costa rica

Country Inn and Suites Costa Rica

Country Inns and Suites in San Jose, Costa Rica, is in the middle of everything. Located on the avenue that communicates the capital city with the International Airport, in Ciudad Cariari, it is close to shopping and with easy access to the downtown financial and historic centre of San Jose.

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From: $125 - $200

Best Western Irazu Bedroom

Best Western Irazu

The Best Western Irazú Hotel & Casino in San Jose is located close to many local attractions – minutes from downtown and the Juan Santamaría International Airport.

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From: Under $50

Britt Coffee Cup

Britt Coffee Tour

This is an educational tour immersing visitors into the world of Costa Rican Coffee, from the red bean off the tree to a perfect cup of coffee.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Easy

What to bring: Camera Jacket

What is included: Guide Drinks Snack Transfer

Type Educational Cultural Nature Family Friendly

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From: $75 - $100

Rainforest Aerial Tram Adventures

Rainforest Aerial Tram

A Transitional Rainforest is the region located between the dry tropical forest and the tropical rainforest.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Easy

What to bring: Camera Binoculars Insect Repellent Comfortable Clothing Raincoat Sneakers

What is included: Guide Meal Transfer

Type Educational Relaxation Nature Family Friendly Romance

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From: $50 - $75

San Jose Private Tour

San Jose Private City Tour

This is a really nice tour if you are interested to know San Jose City.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Easy

What to bring: Camera Jacket

What is included: Guide Transfer

Type Educational Cultural Family Friendly

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From: $75 - $100

Costa Rica Waterfalls

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

La Paz Waterfall Gardens, located on the slopes the Poas Volcano, are one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Costa Rica.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Easy

What to bring: Camera Sunscreen Insect Repellent Jacket Raincoat

What is included: Drinks Meal Entrance Fee

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From: Under $50

Mirador Ram Luna

Ram Luna – A delicious and traditional od in San José

Mirador Ram Luna is a must visit if you are in San Jose. Beautifully located in the southern hills of San Jose you will find not only a dinning option but an entire production! You will become enticed with the food as well as the entertainment that includes Costa Rican folk dancing, Marimba and Cimarrona music. Food is specially prepared with family recipes that will satisfy your soul.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Easy

Type Cultural Relaxation Family Friendly Romance

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Lankester Botanical Garden – Nature at its Finest!

The Lankester Botanical Gardens is a wonderful day tour from San Jose; after leaving the city behind you will feel the mountain air revive you and nature surround you. Naturalist and orchidologist Charles H. Lankester first started the garden in the 1940s.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Easy

What to bring: Camera

Type Educational Cultural Relaxation

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