San Jose prices

BACKPACKER INDEX: US$34.90

1000 CRC = 1.83 USD

San Jose hotel prices

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Rating Price (USD)
25.00 - 70.00
54.00 - 208.00
98.00 - 324.00
123.00 - 392.00
442.00 - 561.00

San Jose hostel prices

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Type Price (USD)
Hostel bed
6.80 - 17.00

Hotel seasons

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Hotel prices in San Jose are easy to predict, as the high season runs from December through April, and the absolute peak surrounds the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period. If you are coming during this time then reserving something early is your best bet.

If you are coming during the off season, from May through November, you’ll probably be rained upon but you’ll also have your pick of hotel rooms, with some good bargains being available in advance or even on the day.

San Jose is one of the more expensive cities in Central America, though it’s still fairly cheap by North American or European standards. Most people just fly into the capital and then move on to one of the beach cities or La Fortuna for the volcano, but San Jose itself is worth a look around for a day or two.

Food and drinks are quite reasonable in price, especially if you speak some Spanish and go to places where the locals eat rather than the restaurants aimed at English speaking tourists.

Once you start looking for things like canopy tours and other adventure activities, things are usually priced in US dollars and prices can be higher than you might think for this region.

San Jose attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Museo Oro Precolombino The pre-Columbian gold museum is one of the bigger draws in the capital for tourists. adults 3.67
students 2.75
Museo del Jade This museum is the place to go to learn about the pre-Columbian jade trade in the region. adults 8.62
children 0.00

San Jose transportation prices USD

  Price
Taxi from airport to city center 24.43 - 29.31
Public bus from airport to city center 0.98
3km taxi ride in San Jose 4.69 - 6.42
Public bus ride in San Jose 0.46 - 0.92

San Jose food and drink prices USD

Food type   Price
Budget breakfast If your hotel doesn't include breakfast you'll have plenty of cheap options in the city. 1.83 - 4.58
Budget lunch Street stalls are great for cheap local favorites, and there are plenty of smaller casual restaurants as well. 2.75 - 5.50
Budget dinner If you want a proper sit-down dinner in San Jose the prices vary considerable, but cheaper options are available. 4.58 - 9.17
Beer (.33l bottle) Imperial is the cheap local lager, available at every bar in the city. 1.38 - 2.75
Guaro (shot) The cheapest buzz in town is this local sugar-cane alcohol, served straight with a lime wedge. 0.46 - 0.92

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San Jose facts

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Population 350,000
Metro area 1,600,000
Time zone UTC-6
Currency Costa Rica colon
Airports Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

Avg temps & precip

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weather advise for AmsterdamWeather advice

San Jose is surrounded by a tropical rain forest, but it’s well above sea level so that moderates the temperatures quite a bit. Temperatures peak during the summer, though the averages are only slightly higher than during winter.

The main thing to be aware of is the rainy season, which lasts from May through November. Rain during this period can come down in buckets and make you run for cover.

The dry season from December through April is slightly cooler, a bit less humid, and busy with tourists.

Sunrise and sunset

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