"San Jose, Costa Rica" Top 5 Page for this destination San José by penumbra

San José Travel Guide: 525 reviews and 875 photos

Most travelers arriving in Costa Rica head for the beaches or the jungles. When you do run across tourists in downtown San Jose, it’s in small groups quickly engulfed by local pedestrians. However, since most adventures to Costa Rica begin and end in San Jose it pays to be aware of the many opportunities available in the city.

No need for weather stations, the temperature is always the same, hovering around 25C during day with showers in the afternoon. Get up early and enjoy walking around while the sun is out. When the rain starts, head for the museums or a late lunch. It’ll clear up in the evening, but you may need to carry and umbrella to fend off light sprinkles.

Downtown San Jose is a grid… Avenidas run east-west, while Calles run north-south. The streets are NOT numbered sequentially, but increase from Avenida Central in odd numbers going north and even numbers going south or from Calle Central in odd numbers going east and even numbers going east.

  • Last visit to San José: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated Sep 9, 2006
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  • Mar 15, 2010 at 7:16 AM

    Try the chocolate doughnut filled with caramel. Best thing ever!

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    Jun 5, 2007 at 10:46 PM

    Nice page!

  • Mar 6, 2007 at 10:06 AM

    We were at this restaurant on Feb. 13. It was our only stop in San Jose and the only place that we used our Visa card. Someone at that Restaurant took our # and charged over $1100 worth of merchandise. We want to notify the manager of that Restaurant.

  • metteks's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2007 at 5:55 AM

    Thank you for your comment on my Copenhagen page. Yes The Lakes are a nice place.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2007 at 11:20 PM

    Great San Jose tips! It is 18 years since I visited San Jose and reading your tips brought back good memories.

  • Applelyn's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2007 at 7:38 AM

    Thanks for sharing your SJ page:) It is definitely an interesting place.

  • davequ's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2007 at 1:14 AM

    Great pages, didn't get to see them all, be back later to enjoy the rest. Thanks for sharing.

  • Dec 1, 2006 at 7:49 AM

    Hi! Thanks for stopping at my Maniago page. There are so many nice places like Maniago in Italy, which are worth visiting... :) Happy travelling! Francesca

  • H-TownJourneyman's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2006 at 9:33 AM

    Hey there, what an excellent SJ page!!! I definately need to head back to CR & spend some more time in the city! Thanks 4 checking out my Amsterdam page!

  • Sep 26, 2006 at 1:39 PM

    Hi Penumbra, Thanks for dropping by. I liked browsing through your tips. San Jose sounds great....Especially the weather report on your H/Page. The ideal place for a holiday.:~))


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