San Jose

San Jose Attractions

Arenal Volcano National Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 102 Reviews

The most famous national park in Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano National Park protects the still sizzling Arenal Volcano, one of the world’s 10 most active ...  Read more

Poas Volcano National Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 45 Reviews

There aren’t too many places in the world where you can almost touch the rim of an active volcano, but at Poas Volcano National Park you can get up close to ...  Read more

San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central)

4 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

The lively San Jose Central Market was founded in 1880. For free entertainment and a real taste of the local atmosphere, there’s no better place in the ...  Read more

Braulio Carrillo National Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 43 Reviews

The vast protected forest of Braulio Carrillo National Park may be divided by one of the nation’s busiest highways, but this just means easy access for ...  Read more

Orosi River Valley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

The thick green forests, fertile coffee plantations and scenic mountains of the Orosi River Valley draw bird watchers, freshwater fishermen and nature lovers ...  Read more

Sarapiqui Canopy

4.5 star rating: Recommended 55 Reviews

You’ve heard all about Costa Rica’s famous biodiversity – and the tropical rainforest Sarapiqui Canopy is the place to experience it first-hand. Home of ...  Read more

Sarchi

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

The capital of Alajuela province, Sarchi is renowned for its arts and crafts, in particular its decorative oxcarts recalling the heyday of Costa Rica’s ...  Read more

Arenal Hanging Bridges

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

While zip-line tours that take you swishing through the treetops at squeal-inducing speeds certainly have their charm, there are other ways to appreciate Costa ...  Read more

National Museum

4 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

The National Museum, housed in the barracks of the Bellavista Fortress, has been proudly displaying indigenous and pre-Columbian artifacts, religious artwork ...  Read more

Gold Museum

4 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

More than 1600 pre-Columbian artifacts, including Costa Rica’s very first coin, handmade ceramics and a life-sized warrior, are housed in this museum that was ...  Read more

Jade Museum (Museo de Jade)

4 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

Costa Rica’s jade is world famous, and the Jade Museum - or Museo de Jade - displays arguably the world’s largest collection of the precious stone. At ...  Read more

Museo de Los Ninos (Children's Museum)

4 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

The Costa Rica Children’s Museum is an interactive fun experience for all the family. Housed in a gaily painted toytown castle, that’s actually a historic ...  Read more

National Theater

4 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

Perhaps the most famous (and certainly most prized) public building in all of San Jose, the National Theater of Costa Rica in the city’s Catedral district, is ...  Read more

Tortuga Island

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Just off the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, close to beautiful Curu Wildlife Refuge, lies idyllic Isla Tortuga, Costa Rica’s most popular island escape. It ...  Read more

Chirripo National Park

Cerro Chirripo, Coast Rica’s highest point, is just one of the attractions that draws wilderness adventurers to what some consider the nation’s wildest park. ...  Read more

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