"It's Pura Vida time" San José by BLewJay

San José Travel Guide: 26 reviews and 49 photos

Biodiversity at it's finest

Our visit to Costa Rica was the first time that either of us had ventured to Central America. It's one of the countries I had always heard about and wanted to visit, but never got the opportunity. Well, scratch this off of the proverbial bucket list...we have made it to Costa Rica!!!. It's a beautiful country with wonderful and helpful people and so many different things to see, I (or should I say "we") hope to return sometime soon.


We have landed

Our introduction to Costa Rica was landing at the Juan Santamaría International Airport; a very modern, clean and user-friendly place to land. After getting through customs and picking up our luggage, we headed out the doors into the sunshine, heat, humidity and humanity of San José. Now having just coming in from the USA (Los Angeles thru Houston), the crowds didn't bother us but there are lots of people airport so just keep an eye on your personal property. We found our car rental bus, hopped on and headed to the main office to get our SUV.

A word to the wise

After reviewing and signing the rental agreement (insurance is mandatory but not expensive) but declining the optional GPS (BIG MISTAKE!!!), we headed out to find our hotel. The first few miles on the Pan American Highway are pretty easy and we had a map, so what could go wrong? Well, we got lost rather quickly. Granted, we never felt nervous or anything like that, but in Costa Rica, addresses don't exist and San José is a big city, so we did what any other tourist would do. We got out of the SUV, stopped at McDonald's, used our Spanish and asked for directions. Well, this happened a number of times...lol...we eventually got to our hotel...only about 2 1/2 hours after leaving the car rental place...lol...lesson learned. GET A GPS which we eventually did back at the car rental place on our way out of the city the next day.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:People, vibe and beauty
  • Cons:Traffic and a bit crowded
  • Last visit to San José: Mar 2013
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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