Bounded by the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, and with lush rain forests teeming with wildlife in between, Costa Rica is a treasure. San Jose hotels will get you near all that this country has to offer. Want to fall in some of the best surf on earth? Take a hike to admire jungle animals? Everything is just a short trip away from the many hotels in San Jose.
Out and About in San Jose
From many of the cheap hotels in San Jose city center, just 10 miles from the airport, you can take a guided or unguided walking tour of the city. Sit on a bench with cafe au lait and watch the afternoon crowds; if you crave a bit of history, the Museo de Oro Precolombiano lies under the street, and it's full of gold artifacts dating from 500-1500. When you want to get out of the city, there is a cornucopia of ecotourism throughout the country. You may even want spend a couple of days at one of the hotels near Poas Volcano National Park, where you can enjoy canopy tours, hikes up the volcano, and nearby whitewater rafting, where you're sure to work up an appetite.
Eating and Drinking
San Jose is full of varied dining options. You could go on a mission through Guadalupe to find the best gallo pinto, the national dish of Costa Rica, or taste ceviche at many local restaurants, or sip on a Tecate and dance the balmy night away. If you have an early morning flight, it may even be a good idea to book a room at one of the hotels near Juan Santamaria International Airport, to cut down on the commute. Travelocity can make your Costa Rican travel plans easy. Search over 400 airlines and more than 510,000 hotels worldwide.