San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, is home to historic architecture mixed in with concrete, industrial buildings, but all of this is set against a striking backdrop of mountains and valleys that are more indicative of the country's natural beauty. Hotels in San Jose, Costa Rica, keep you close to the many museums and embassies clustered in the capital city. You should consider a car rental in San Jose, Costa Rica, to have the ability to explore beyond the city limits and see the volcanoes, beaches, and tropical forests.
Driving In and Around San Jose
Flights to San Jose, Costa Rica, land at Juan Santamaria International Airport, which is about 10 miles from the city center. You can pick up your San Jose car rental when you land, and head straight to the Mercado Central. This famed outdoor market sells everything from fresh, local food to cigars and souvenirs at some of the best prices in the city. You can also explore many local museums, especially the Jade Museum and Pre-Columbian Gold Museum if you love precious metals and stones. Afterward, plan to take a few trips outside of the city. Drive south to Golfito, South Puntarenas, which is about 1 hour away, and fish for the prized Pacific Sailfish in the Golfo Dulce. Another easy trip is to Santa Rosa National Park, Guanacaste. The country's oldest national park is famed for its tropical dry forest and beautiful beaches, such as Playa Naranjo and Playa Nancite.
Exploring San Jose
Once the sun sets, head over to Calle La Amargura for the nightlife. If you are dreaming about day trips in your San Jose, Costa Rica, car rental or other type of evening entertainment, book your trip today on Travelocity. The Travelocity Price Guarantee means we will match a lower price and refund the difference.