….Well, besides staying in one of our awesome apartments, that is! 5. Costa Rican National Theater
Soak up a little culture before you hit the beaches of Costa Rica! Built in the late 1800s, the National Theater is considered the finest historical structure in the country, and the inside is even better – with lavish decor and fabulous murals and moldings. If you’re a fan of opera, ballet or just want to admire the incredible furnishings and decoration, a visit to the National Theater of Costa Rica is a must.
4. El Pueblo
This part of San Jose is styled after a Spanish village and boasts dozens of shops, bazaars, bars and restaurants. After checking out some of the city’s impressive museums and theaters, why not stop in and grab a bite to eat or pick up a souvenir of your trip? While you’re here, you can grab some authentic Costa Rican food at Lukas’, or indulge in some local seafood dishes at Papa Pez. Eat like a local and order specialities sucah as casado, gallo pinto and tamales.
3. La Casona
Located just off Avenida Central, La Casona is San Jose’s answer to the traditional flea market. Dozens of vendors set up stalls across two floors of a charming old mansion, offering a variety of goods for sale including handmade arts and crafts. If you’re looking for a unique souvenir, you’ll probably find it here!
2. La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Before you hit the volcano circuit, consider a day trip from San Jose to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. One of the most beautiful eco parks in Costa Rica, you’ll be transported through the stunning tropical landscape into gardens filled with butterflies, toucans and hummngbirds, not to mention a refreshing ride under the waterfalls themselves. Keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, snakes, frogs and maybe even a jaguar. Feels like a little piece of paradise.
1. Bungee Jumping!
Costa Rica is all about adventure, so why not embrace the idea and strap yourself in (or, you know, let a professional do it) for the ultimate adrenaline rush. Check out Tropical Bungee, who are very reputable and organise return shuttle trips from San Jose. You’ll jump from a bridge over the stunning Colorado river into the tropical jungle below. Unforgettable!