The city of San Jose and the Central Valley are the heart of Costa Rica and home to over half the population that was first attracted to the region’s fertile land and pleasant “eternal spring” climate. Visitors to this metropolitan area are pleasantly shocked by the proximity of the mountains and the natural attractions that define Costa Rica. Additionally, San Jose offers a complete assortment of museums, parks, restaurants, and discos.
San Jose International Airport
Many guests choose to fly into San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport as it is the larger of Costa Rica’s two airports and its central location makes it a great jumping off point for any kind of adventure. Volcanoes, cloud forests, and beaches can be reached within a few hours’ drive and local airlines offer short domestic flights to almost every destination.
Day Trips from San Jose Costa Rica
The Central Valley is a great base for exploring due to the variety of day excursions accessible from the area. Options include world class whitewater rafting, coffee plantations, and day trips to explore the rain forest and volcanoes. San Jose has the ‘big city’ feel but is easily ventured outside of for day trips to other parts of the country. The area boasts small, intimate lodging facilities to complete luxury resorts in the city and surrounding countryside.
San Jose Costa Rica Attractions
- Whitewater Rafting
- Coffee Plantations
- Town of Sarchi’s Colorful Oxcarts
- Unique Boutique Hotels
- Fine Dining
Activities from San Jose City
- Pacuare River Rafting (1 day or multi-day trips available)
- Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Doka Coffee Plantation Combo Tour
- Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Tour
- Cultural Highlands Tour
- Rainforest Adventure 3 in 1 Tour
- Irazu Volcano, Orosi Valley & Lancaster Gardens Tour
San Jose & Central Valley Travel Information
Climate: Dry- December to April, Green- May to November
Temperature: mid 70’s during the day and cooler at night
Bring: a variety of clothes as the days are warm and the evenings are cool
Don’t Miss: Whitewater rafting on the Pacuare River and Finca Rosa Blanca’s coffee plantation tour
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