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Customer Travel Tips for San Jose

66% Avg. city rating Rated by 253 customers

Activities / excursions 66%

Restaurants / eating out 70%

Shopping 66%

Chilling out / relaxing 60%

Getting around / public transport 75%

Sightseeing 62%

Culture 67%

Nightlife / partying 66%

Value for money 62%

Customer Travel Tips for San Jose

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62% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 40%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 40%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 80%
62% Avg. rating


03 Apr 2017

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Age Range:
25-30

Customer Travel Tip: Just don't plan to stay there too long. One day is enough.

Liked: The main shopping street is alright.

Disliked: San Jose doesn't seem to be the safest place.

58% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 40%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 40%
  • Culture - 40%
  • Sightseeing - 40%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 60%
58% Avg. rating


12 Mar 2017

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
City break

Age Range:
31-40

Customer Travel Tip: Move on to another destination

Liked: Girls

Disliked: Not too much to really like there.

58% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 40%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 40%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 40%
  • Shopping - 60%
58% Avg. rating


01 Feb 2017

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Age Range:
31-40

Customer Travel Tip: Average base for side trips.

Liked: Close proximity to Irazu and Poas volcanoes.

Disliked: City center and junkies all around it.

62% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 60%
62% Avg. rating


26 Jan 2017

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

Age Range:
41+

Customer Travel Tip: Perhaps SJ has more to offer but, after three nights, l decided that l had had enough.

Liked: The museums were expensive but very interesting and rich in their collections.

Disliked: The traffic and noise.

56% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 40%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 40%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 60%
56% Avg. rating


16 Jan 2017

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Work / volunteering

Age Range:
25-30

Customer Travel Tip: Teatro Nacional

Liked: Good choice of restaurants, other tahn that not much to see.

Disliked: Busy town, not so much for the eye.

62% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 40%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 60%
62% Avg. rating


06 Jan 2017

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Age Range:
31-40

Customer Travel Tip: It is nice place for a short visit. Most of the places to visit in Costa Rica are outskirts of San Jose (within 2 hours) . Highly recommend Manual Antonio and Monteverde

Liked: Not much to say

Disliked: None

100% Avg. rating
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  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 100%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 100%
  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
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  • Shopping - 100%
100% Avg. rating


08 Sep 2016

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
City break Partying / nightlife Sightseeing & culture Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

Age Range:
25-30

Customer Travel Tip: Stay in the busier areas to be safe and definitely go on the excursions, San Jose is a nice city but Costa Rica is beautiful

Liked: Nice city with friendly people, good food and sites.

Disliked: Only a 4 day trip, but I didn't really see anything that I disliked.

60% Avg. rating
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  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 60%
60% Avg. rating


22 Apr 2016

Travel Type:
With a large group / tour

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Age Range:
25-30

Customer Travel Tip:

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71% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 60%
71% Avg. rating


05 Apr 2016

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Business / conference

Age Range:
41+

Customer Travel Tip: visit Cartago

Liked: climate

Disliked: climate

69% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 60%
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  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 60%
69% Avg. rating


16 Sep 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: public transportation is much cheaper than taxis

Liked: pretty central, convenient to public transportation/bus terminals

Disliked: can be challenging to find locals who speak english

91% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 100%
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91% Avg. rating


19 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: Visite the Jade and National museum and go for a coffee inside the National teater!

Liked: You can find everything you need.

Disliked: Very busy city!

40% Avg. rating
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  • Chilling out / relaxing - 40%
  • Culture - 40%
  • Sightseeing - 20%
  • Value for money - 20%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 40%
  • Nightlife / partying - 40%
  • Shopping - 60%
40% Avg. rating


14 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: Use San Juan as a connecting city someplace else in CR. That's all.

Liked: Mercado central.

Disliked: Nothing much to do within the city and going around isnt very easy.

40% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 40%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 20%
  • Culture - 40%
  • Sightseeing - 40%
  • Value for money - 40%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 20%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 40%
40% Avg. rating


01 Aug 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: Dont stay there more than one day.

Liked: Not really much.

Disliked: Its one of the most ugliest cities I have ever been.

64% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 40%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 60%
64% Avg. rating


04 Jul 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Business / conference

Customer Travel Tip: N/A

Liked: Central Avenue walk way

Disliked: Crowded. Some parts are visually unattractive due to cleanliness.

60% Avg. rating
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  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 60%
60% Avg. rating


19 May 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

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20% Avg. rating
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  • Chilling out / relaxing - 20%
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  • Getting around / public transport - 20%
  • Nightlife / partying - 20%
  • Shopping - 20%
20% Avg. rating


11 May 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: Only stay for one night

Liked: N/a

Disliked: Dirty, unsafe, not many backpackers

76% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 40%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 80%
76% Avg. rating


04 May 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Bring a light jacket as it gets cool in the evening.

Liked: Many museums to visit.

Disliked: The pricing in all of Costa Rica is much higher than neighboring countires for food, hotels and travel.

56% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 40%
  • Value for money - 40%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 60%
56% Avg. rating


02 May 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: Use San Jose as a transport hub to get to your next destination.

Liked: peiplw seem friendly

Disliked: Not a fan of the city

100% Avg. rating
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  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 100%
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  • Shopping - 100%
100% Avg. rating


10 Apr 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Beach / sunbathing Events / festivals Sightseeing & culture Sports, adventure or outdoor activities Visiting friends or family Work / volunteering

Customer Travel Tip: Take a taxi to the bus station since they are all in red zones (dangerous areas) for your safety. Travel safe

Liked: There are many shops, it is easy to get to either by walking, taking a bus, or by taxi. There are awesome sodas (restaurants) that serve Costa Rican traditional cusine.

Disliked: San Jose is awesome espeacially when you talk to people! Love

96% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 100%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 100%
  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 100%
96% Avg. rating


07 Apr 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture Work / volunteering

Customer Travel Tip: Stay at Hostel Van Gogh and go to Isla Tortuga!

Liked: Everyone that I interacted with was so nice!

Disliked: I went on over Easter so a lot of things were closed, but other than that I loved it!

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66% Avg. city rating Rated by 253 customers

Activities / excursions 66%

Restaurants / eating out 70%

Shopping 66%

Chilling out / relaxing 60%

Getting around / public transport 75%

Sightseeing 62%

Culture 67%

Nightlife / partying 66%

Value for money 62%

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