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San Jose is located at the navel of the country, hence it is the base for almost any route in Costa Rica, and the average visitor makes a star shaped route around it.

The main local bus terminals are located at the town center, the international airport is 10 kilometers away, and the two nearby volcanoes of Irazu and Poas are classic day trips from San Jose.

Lots of people think that San Jose city center is not an attractive place. I tend to agree.  It has no remarkable architecture or special atmosphere like Cartagena in Colombia or Granada in Nicaragua, and it is quite contaminated, crowded, and not very safe for tourists.

It’s still worth a visit; the market is nice to hang around (keep your valuables out of sight!) and the Gold Museum is interesting. Staying a night or two at the center is not that bad for a backpacker and there are some nice hotels, but if you plan to stay more time then we would recommend taking one of the suburb hotels, especially those which are located on the central valley hills, and offer beautiful views, fresh air, and natural surroundings.  Escazu, for example, is green, pretty and offers more good restaurants, bars and shopping than the city center. There are also several good hotels for all budgets around the international airport.



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List Of hotels and B&B around San Jose.
Debbie KingsCountry Inn

Price range: $49-$69 double plus tax Includes FULL Breakfast.

Location: Nestled On a Knoll on 3 acres of Heaven (Fruit /Coffee Farm) Near Heredia. just 10 minutes from Town and 25 minutes from Airport.

Description: Private guest-houses with fully equipped kitchens,living room Patio and private bathrooms, with Incredible Views of Volcano and City Lights.

Contact:   email: or Phone (506) 268 3084


Hotel Don Carlos

Price range: $55-$75 single/double

Location: in the oldest historical section of San Jose center

Description: 4 star English speaking hotel, with free Internet, tropical breakfast, private airport shuttle, laundry service, tropical Sun Deck, free local calls and restaurant.

Tel: Tel:  (506) 221-6707


Hotel Alta

Price range: $130 - $200
Location: On the old road between Escazu and Santa Ana, outside the center
Features: Hotel Alta has 23 deluxe rooms and suites with king or queen beds, a balcony or garden terrace, color TV, in-room safety deposit box, and mini bar. Dine elegantly at La Luz Restaurant, which features new Californian/Costa Rican cuisine in a split level dining room overlooking the gardens. Private wine cellar dining, room service, banquet facilities, and catering are available.
Tel: (506) 282-4160 Fax: (506) 282-4162
Lisa Tec B&B
Price range: $30-$60
Location: Cariari, about 15 minutes drive from San Jose center in the direction of the airport
Features: Small, quiet, friendly, and peaceful little place, with big/smaller rooms with TV, and a beautiful garden near the Golf course. The owners are very charming and helpful.
Tel: 506-2392225
The Hemingway Inn

Price range: $40-$60

Location: San Jose center

Features: As an original Spanish mansion, the Hemingway is one of the most photographed buildings in all of San Jose. Warm ambiance and jungle surroundings are accented with Mayan statues and Costa Rican art. The rooms have cable TV, and Internet access for your laptop

Phone/Fax: 011(506) 221-1804

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