San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital and largest city, offers travelers to this tropical paradise plenty of activities to fill their time and make them want to stay longer than expected. Whether you’re here on business or just on vacation, the following five must-do activities will help you get the most out of your San Jose experience.
See the Basílica de La Inmaculada Concepción
The Basilica of La Inmaculada Concepción is a grand Catholic Church and one of San Jose’s top attractions. It’s an important place for practicing Catholicism as it was built right after Costa Rica declared its independence from Spain. Make sure to stop by on a Sunday morning to attend mass if you happen to be visiting during that time. Book your trip with Spirit Airlines Phone Number. The church also hosts popular musical concerts that take place most Friday nights. And, while tourists don’t need tickets, it helps if you are able to speak Spanish because many of these events are planned especially for locals or are in Spanish entirely.
Visit Parque Metropolitano La Sabana
Opened to great fanfare a few years ago, Parque Metropolitano La Sabana is one of San José’s newest attractions. The 14 hectare (35 acre) park was built over an old stadium and offers an excellent view of both downtown and most of what makes up San José itself. Within walking distance from many hotels and hostels (including our very own at Hotel Aranjuez), you’ll find an interesting mix of greenspace, wildlife viewing areas, playgrounds for kids (and adults), tennis courts and plenty more. To make sure you see everything that La Sabana has to offer, head there at sunset when all of its light shows begin—it’s worth seeing by day or night!
Walk Around The Plaza De La Cultura
This plaza is a historic focal point for downtown San Jose, and also one of its best places to spend an afternoon. Plaza de la Cultura has free activities including live music and dance performances as well as interactive workshops for kids. There are also several museums nearby so you can kill several birds with one stone! This is by far one of my favorite things to do in Costa Rica and I always try to stop here whenever I’m passing through town. The atmosphere is fun and vibrant; it’s usually filled with locals on their lunch breaks enjoying street food or people just having a good time. Definitely check it out if you haven’t already!
Visit Museo Del Jade
This museum exhibits jade pieces from across the Americas, dating back more than 1,500 years. The green and white jade was used for jewelry as well as for tools such as spear points and needles during pre-Columbian times. Museum admission is $7.50; 18 percent additional tax applies to U.S.-issued credit cards. Children younger than 15 receive a 50 percent discount with a paying adult (admission fee waived). It’s open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., except on Wednesdays when it closes at 3 p.m.; closed on Jan. 1, May 1 and Dec 24–26 as well as Good Friday and Christmas Day (Dec 25).
Visit Mercado Central
You can’t leave without checking out with Spirit Airlines Route Map one of Costa Rica’s most popular attractions: Mercado Central. This must-see market is one of San José’s major tourism draws and for good reason. You’ll find everything from traditional Latin American street food to fine jewelry and souvenirs. Plus, because it’s housed inside a historic building (dating back to 1871), you get great architecture as a bonus! Be sure to stop by on your first day—or first meal in town—to soak up some local color. Trust us; you won’t be disappointed. The best part? This attraction is always free!