San Jose, Costa Rica

The bustling capital city of costa rica

The San Jose Vibe

San Jose Costa Rica does not exactly have a reputation as the nicest city in the world. However, it definitely has its charms.

We live in the city and although it wasn’t our choice to live here over another town in the country (we moved to Costa Rica because Thomas got a job in San Jose), the city has grown on us. 

If you find yourself with a day or two near the San Jose airport, there are plenty of places that are worth a visit.

This area is home to great restaurants, museums, historic buildings, green spaces, and plenty of day trip options. You won’t get bored!

There are a lot of different neighborhoods and all have a different feel to them. 

Now on to the rest of the travel guide!

san jose map

Map Of San Jose

San Jose is very centrally located in the country. It is a valley surrounded by rolling hills, mountains, and volcanoes.

Due to its location San Jose is a great jumping off point for all your adventures. 

San Jose at a Glance

Nearest International Airport

Juan Santamaria International Airport

Popular Things to Do

coffee tours, city tours, museums, volcano visits

Best Way to Get Around

Rental car, walking or taxis in the downtown area

Best Time of Year to Visit

Dry season is from late December until mid-April


Getting to Costa Rica

Flights to Costa Rica

The easiest way of getting to San Jose is by flying in to the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) located on the edge of San Jose near Alajuela.

For flight booking we suggest Skyscanner. They are our go-to flight booking site for great rates.


Transportation to San Jose

Rental Car

(Most Flexible Option)

We like renting a car in Costa Rica because it will definitely give you the most flexibility for exploring. In general, you should feel comfortable driving here if you are a somewhat experienced driver.

Our favorite rental car company is a local company called Adobe-Rent-a-Car. They are the most honest, trustworthy, and just overall amazing rental company we have found here. 

Because we like them so much we asked if they would like to work together and they said, “yes.” 

So we have a 10% discount plus other great perks to pass on to you if you book through us! 

Yay to saving money!

Even if you are considering renting through another company, please read through our rental car page first. There is mandatory car insurance here that you need to know about.