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No longer relegated to bottom of travellers’ lists, San Jose is an up and coming city with a high quality of life, dynamic arts and culture, and an innovative culinary scene.

Let’s be honest – many travellers skip over San Jose when they are planning their Costa Rican holiday. Eager to explore the beaches, cloud forests, and natural parks, they spend only a few hours in this bustling capital city on either end of their holiday. This is a mistake – San Jose (affectionately known to locals as Chepe) has a lot to offer those patient enough to explore.

Chepe is fast becoming a destination in its own right, with historic areas such as Barrio Amón exploding with art galleries and unique shops. Barrio Escalante is known as the capital’s foodie quarter, known for small eateries offering fresh takes on Costa Rican favourites. Whether you enjoy dancing all night to marimba music, dining on local cuisine, or exploring museums, San Jose rewards those who choose to spend a few days here.

The Area

San Jose is located in the fertile Valle Central, and is 1,160 metres above sea level. When the city was first settled in 1736, it was named the Villa Nueva, and grew rapidly in the 20th century. At this time, the city’s neighbourhoods were laid down in a grid format, making it easy to navigate on foot. Today, it is a major transportation hub on the Inter-American Highway, which makes it an ideal hub for any Central American holiday.

Best Time to Go

Costa Rica is best visited during its dry season, typically falling between mid-December to the end of April. Keep in mind that this is also the height of tourist season, so you will be sharing the city with other tourists, and hotels and guides tend to raise their prices. This peak tourist season boasts plenty of sunshine making it an ideal time for exploring rainforests and lounging on beaches. However, prices are very affordable against the British pound, so you should still be able to grab some relative bargains.

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  • Tailormake your holiday including the destinations, inclusions and budget
  • From charming guesthouses to 5* luxury, we have a wide range of accommodation to suit you.
  • Our Travel Specialists will help you to create your perfect holiday to Latin America.

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  • You will be accompanied throughout by an experienced Latin Routes tour leader.
  • Size does matter! This is why we keep our groups maximum number to 16.
  • Make Your Day Individual - Choose from 3 different experiences that are already included in the price

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