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San José: Costa Rica’s inviting and festive capital

Are you in the mood for adventure and warmth? Do you want to experience the luxurious beauty of Costa Rica? Immerse yourself in the rhythm of the country and book a hotel in San José, a great departure point for surprising and uplifting excursions throughout the region.

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Situated in the heart of a valley, surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, San Jose, Costa Rica is a gateway to the country’s lush beauty. Take part in excursions to explore the region during your stay at a selection of San Jose hotels.

Discover San José

Shopping
If you decide to opt for an all-inclusive vacation in Costa Rica, you’ll definitely be tempted to do a bit of shopping. In San Jose, the detour to Mercado Central, a typical Central American market loaded with interesting finds, is well worth it! From tropical fruits to handicrafts, it’s the perfect place to shop till you drop.
Adventure
Are you thirsty for adrenalin? Leave the daily behind as you launch yourself into the void with Tropical Bungee. Otherwise, warm up your legs with a mountain hike. San José is an ideal point of departure for heading up the area’s legendary volcanoes, the Poás and the Irazú.
Nightlife
San José is a great place to have a good time. Do you like concerts? Head to Jazz Café. Different artists come to warm up the crowd every night. The legendary Chucho Valdés has even made a few appearances here. If you’re more of a dance and electronica type, Club Vertigo is for you. This club on two floors is jam-packed every night. And if you’re in the mood to walk around, just take a stroll down Calle de la Amargura and find a bar that suits your tastes. A neighbourhood pub is the place to be for experiencing life in San José and for meeting locals.

San José Your Way

Couples
 
San Jose has just as much to offer to couples. If you enjoy live entertainment, local music and vibrant parties, San Jose will surprise you with its many nightclubs. The Jazz Café welcomes local artists each evening, including the famous Chucho Valdés who performs here frequently. Club Vertigo offers two floors for those who like to dance, and if you’re calmer in nature and are looking for a bar that suits you better, make your way to Calle de la Amargura and you’ll find what you’re looking for!
Family playgrounds
 
Monkeys roaming freely, volcanoes, surfer beaches… Costa Rica has become the destination for family fun in the heart of the jungle. Outside San Jose, families can go sightseeing and see reptiles or crocodiles on a boat trip to Tortuga Island.
Travelling with friends
 
Want to venture off the beaten path? There are loads of things to do in San Jose for all preferences and budgets. Nature awaits tourists right outside the city. How about bungee jumping at the Tropical Bungee centre? An adrenaline rush is a great way to change it up! For those who prefer hiking, there are plenty of mountain trails leading to the Poas and Irazu volcanoes. The pre-Columbian gold museum is also a must if you’re into history. Why not rent a car in San Jose so you can explore at your own pace! Get informed and start planning your daytrips.

Good to know

Tax

Costa Rica has an airport departure tax that is not included when purchasing an Air Transat flight ticket. This US $29 tax must be paid locally, per person (babies included), before leaving the country, by cash (American dollars or Colon), or Visa. MasterCard are not accepted.
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