San Jose, Costa Rica Travel Guide Last Updated: Jan 2022

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.

Why Visit San Jose

San Jose Facts

Population 350,000
Area 1,600,000
Timezone UTC-6
Currency Costa Rica colon

Things To Do In San Jose

WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK IN San Jose

Budget breakfastIf your hotel doesn't include breakfast you'll have plenty of cheap options in the city.$1.73 - $3.61
Budget lunchStreet stalls are great for cheap local favorites, and there are plenty of smaller casual restaurants as well.$2.60 - $4.34
Budget dinnerIf you want a proper sit-down dinner in San Jose the prices vary considerable, but cheaper options are available.$4.34 - $7.23
Beer (.33l bottle)Imperial is the cheap local lager, available at every bar in the city.$1.30 - $2.17
Guaro (shot)The cheapest buzz in town is this local sugar-cane alcohol, served straight with a lime wedge.$0.43 - $0.72
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BEST TOURS in San Jose

WHEN TO VISIT San Jose

TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL

Month High F Low F Precipitations(INCH)
January75570.6
February75570.2
March79590.8
April79631.8
May81639.0
June79639.5
July77638.3
August79619.5
September796112.0
October776111.8
November77615.7
December75571.6

San Jose WEATHER ADVICE

SUNRISE AND SUNSET

21 Mar5:40am5:47pm
21 Jun5:17am5:59pm
21 Sep5:26am5:33pm
21 Dec5:48am5:21pm

San Jose Hotel Seasons

San Jose Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar23.00 - 72.00
starstarstarstarstar50.00 - 152.00
starstarstarstarstar94.00 - 187.00
starstarstarstarstar125.00 - 252.00
starstarstarstarstar430.00 - 531.00
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San Jose Hostel Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed6.50 - 15.00

GETTING AROUND San Jose

San Jose TRANSPORT PRICES

Type Price(USD)
Taxi from airport to city center20.41 - 23.11
Public bus from airport to city center0.94
3km taxi ride in San Jose2.17 - 5.06
Public bus ride in San Jose0.36 - 0.43
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WHERE TO GO BEFORE AND AFTER