TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN SAN JOSE COSTA RICA
Our Team's Pick for the top San Jose Costa Rica tours
Since the majority of international flights land at the SJO airport in Alejuela, San Jose is probably your starting point when you visit Costa Rica. Most travelers head out to more popular tourist destinations, but take our advice and stay a few days! There are a ton of fun things to do in San Jose Costa Rica!
Since San Jose is at the center Costa Rica, it is also in the center of hundreds of different activities within a few hours in any direction. There is a huge variety of Costa Rica tours from San Jose to choose from. Our Costa Rica activities specialists have compiled a list of the best things to do in San Jose Costa Rica based on their own experiences and our customer feedback. Basically, we did your homework. You are welcome!
Highlights of San Jose Costa Rica City Tour - Dive in to the Heart of Costa Rica's Culture
Topping our list of recommended tours in San Jose Costa Rica is the Highlights of San Jose City Tour. We advise all of our clients to spend at least one day in the heart of the country and exploring all the history and culture that culminates in the capital of Costa Rica. Actually, we recommend a city highlights tour on your first day to any destination to orient yourself and decide where you would like to spend more time.
San Jose may be small, but they have a wealth of museums, theaters, classic architecture, eclectic shops, artisanal markets and beautiful parks all packed into just a few kilometers. One of our customers favorite highlights of this tour is the Costa Rica National Theater and the Costa Rican Gold Museum. Getting to know the capital of any country you visit is important, so be sure the San Jose city tour is on your list of things to do in Costa Rica.
Irazu Volcano Half Day Excursion - A Quick Glimpse Into the Crater of Costa Rica's Active Volcanoes
You would not believe how many people visit Costa Rica for the first time only for a few days on business. Many times they only have a few hours free to explore the country. What a waste, right?! Our number one recommendation is to come back on vacation of course. However for those who want to make the best of their Costa Rica trip, our top recommendation for things to do in San Jose for those short on time is the Irazu Volcano half day excursion. A visit to one of Costa Rica's active volcanoes is a must do whether you have one day, one week or one month. Irazu National Park is the most visited due to it's proximity of San Jose and a favorite day trip for locals.
First of all, the drive out of San Jose and through the valley of Cartago is absolutely stunning. Green lush hills on every side as you wind your way up to the Irazu Volcano National Park. Standing at 3,432 (over 11,250 feet), Irazu is Costa Rica's highest active volcano. So tall in fact, sometimes it rises above the clouds that otherwise dampen the valley below. In fact if you are lucky enough to visit on a clear day, you can see both the Pacific and Caribbean oceans. Be aware that once you reach the rim of the crater, the temperature is downright chilly!! The view from the top is well worth the goosebumps.
3 in 1 Rainforest Adventure - Best Way to Get To Know Costa Rica's Rich Biodiversity in One Day
Some of the best things to do in San Jose Costa Rica are not in the city. Costa Rica is famous for it's stunning rainforests. So, if you only have one day in the city, we advise you get out and explore the rainforest.
Our favorite one day tour for nature lovers with a sense of adventure is the 3 in 1 Rainforest Adventure. Combining an aerial tram ride in the Braulio Carillo National Park canopy, a safari float on the Sarapiqui river and a nature hike in the Selva Verde nature preserve; the rainforest adventure in Costa Rica is one of the best deals out there. That is probably why it is one of our most popular tours in San Jose.
Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Plantation & La Paz Waterfall Gardens - An Unforgettable Adventure For The Whole Family
Ahhhhh, the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. What else can we say besides wow, stunning, incredible, beautiful, one of a kind...well gosh, I guess we could go on all day. You will never understand our passion unless you visit the La Paz Waterfall Gardens yourself. Hands down, our best selling day tour from San Jose is the Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Plantation & La Paz Waterfall Gardens combo. Take wildlife and stunning waterfalls, toss in a yummy cup of Costa Rica's signature coffee and its infamous active volcanoes and you have one unforgettable day in Costa Rica.
For all of us, the crater of the Poas Volcano is simply majestic! The La Paz Waterfall Gardens are accessible for all ages and physical conditions. The nature reserve has a menagerie of different rainforest dwelling animals such as sloths, reptiles, monkeys, beautiful exotic birds, wild cats in their natural habitats and even a hummingbird garden! Truly a paradise on earth.
Traveling with kids or grandparents? This our favorite family friendly tour from San Jose, Costa Rica. Looking for an awesome photo opportunity for this years Christmas cards? Amazing photo opportunities and everlasting memories guaranteed!
We realize the name of the combo pretty much sums it all up. For a bit more in depth info you can review one of our team members personal experiences at Poas and La Paz Waterfall Gardens.
White Water Rafting Pacuare River - The Quintessential Costa Rica Adventure Tour
OK adrenaline seekers this one is for you! White water rafting the Pacuare River is not just our most popular tour in San Jose, but our most popular adventure in Costa Rica!!
Part of the reason why it is our top selling tour in Costa Rica is because it departs from 3 different popular destinations in Costa Rica. Rafting Pacuare is on our list for top selling tours in La Fortuna, and best things to do in Puerto Viejo as well. One of our team members shared their rafting experience on a previous blog, and nearly all of our staff looks for an excuse to spend a day on the river. Whether it is your first time or you have paddled your share of rivers, the world-class rapids and incredibly scenic Pacuare River are incomparable.
We have had so many clients that have expressed their fears and nearly chickened out and cancelled at the last minute, then contact us at the end of their vacation thanking us for talking them into going. Most say it was their best day in Costa Rica. We literally could go on for hours about why the Pacuare River is the best, however you have experience it for yourself. Don’t think, just do it!
That caps our list of the best things to do in San Jose Costa Rica. If you are planning your Costa Rica vacation, we hope you have the opportunity to experience at least one of our top 5 adventures in San Jose, if not all of them.
Our list is based on a combo of our personal experiences and our clients feedback. We would love to hear from you too! What was your favorite adventure in Costa Rica? Post a comment below, or share your favorite vacation pics on our Facebook page.