Bustling big city or nature’s haven? Whichever way you see it, San Jose offers plenty of excitement for the first time and returning visitor alike. In fact, its obvious architecture of tall skyscrapers and expansive malls often overshadow its scenic treasures such as the Tortuguero National Park or the Poas Volcano. Here’s a quick guide on different things to do on a three day visit to the city.
Day 1: Discover San Jose
Spend day one orienting yourself to the city. Sign up for a city tour to get an overview of the city’s top sightseeing spots and attractions. Grab lunch at one of the many quaint Tico eateries that dot the city and then head over to the private adventure park to ride the Aerial Tram Atlantic. Not only does this offer you a bird’s eye view of San Jose, it also passes over dense rainforest canopies offering spectacular views.
Day 2: Volcanoes & National Parks
San Jose is the
gateway to Costa Rica’s many beaches, rainforests, national parks and
volcanoes. Embark on a sailing expedition passing the dense jungles of
the Tortuguero National Park and witness what is one of the few
remaining nesting sites of the gigantic green turtle. Alternatively
hike to the famous Doka coffee estate and experience rich Costa Rican
coffee at its source. Next visit the still active Poas Volcano standing
tall 8,884 feet above sea level. End the day with a visit to La Paz
waterfalls and the Hummingbird Gallery if time permits.
Day 3: Old Meets New
some of San Jose’s cultural heritage as captured in its museums and
galleries. In the second half of the day it’s time to change gears and
visit some of the glitzy malls for all that holiday shopping. If you’re
there for the night, be sure to join the party for the city has a very