Joined In Dec 2019
Belonging to the Hilton chain, this newly renovated hotel is in the middle of San José, across the plaza from the National Theatre and the Gold Museum. It's also just a couple of blocks away from the Start/Finish line for the Maratón San José, so very convenient.
Located on the Central Boulevard, very close to Central Park, the Culture Square, the National Theatre and the Gold Museum. It is surrounded by local shops and a wide variety of restaurants, and will make exploring San José very easy.
Located on the Central Boulevard, very close to Central Park, the Culture Square, the National Theatre and the Gold Museum. It is surrounded by local shops and a wide variety of restaurants, and will make exploring San JoseÌ very easy.
They offer 2-bedroom apartments, large enough for 5 guests and a fully-equipped kitchen. Also featuring a nice swimming pool. It’s walking distance from the Parque de la Paz, the other big lung of San José and also very popular training place among runners.
Belonging to the Doubletree by Hilton chain, this hotel offers very large rooms where additional beds can be easily included. Also large grounds and a great swimming pool.
This restaurant sits on top of the mountains of Escazú, offering awesome views to the city below. They specialize in typical Costa Rican fare. They offer a folkloric dance show and live music on weekends.
The restaurant is located one block north from the Catholic Church of San Pedro. Excellent food, nice ambiance, and a favorite among locals. My favorite ceviche in San José, but they also offer a very good chifrijo.
La Casa de doña Lela specializes in typical Costa Rican fare, the best dish is the plátanos con queso (sweet plantains with cheese). It’s in San Miguel de Heredia, right on route 32.
This italian restaurant sits right on the Paseo Colón, a few blocks from the center of the city and from La Sabana Park. It’s very well-known because of the great pasta dishes, at very affordable prices. They can be enjoyed in the quiet atmosphere of the restaurant, or requested to-go, for those who want to kick their heels up and have a lazy pre-race evening.
They serve excellent food, international cuisine. It’s in the Grano de Oro hotel, very centric. The restaurant offers a very relaxing atmosphere as well as patio seating for those who enjoy dinning al fresco.
Le Monastére is located up in the mountains of Escazú, this is one of the most exclusive restaurants in the city. They offer international cuisine and amazing views to the Central Valley.
Oktober La Cali serves great burgers, good music, and fun ambiance. It’s in Barrio La California, one of the most lively places after-hours. It is also very popular for lunch and mid-afternoon snacks. The prices are very reasonable and the portions are quite large, which makes it not only good, but also of good value.
This is not a restaurant, but rather a neighborhood with a lot of restaurants. From beer bistros to Costa Rican fusion, to alcohol-based ice-cream, Barrio Escalante deserves to be walked and explored, and then each one can decide which restaurant is more attractive.
It was the first vegetarian/vegan place in Costa Rica, and so far the only one that offers 100% vegetarian fare. Being a tropical country, fruits and vegetables are very abundant in Costa Rica, which is why most restaurants will offer several vegetarian options, but if you want to go 100%, Vishnu is your option.
Very fast service and excellent food! Great tacos, burritos, burgers and such. Play ground area for smaller kids. Very affordable prices.
In Sabana Norte, it specializes in chicken meals. The food is very good, the service very fast and the prices very affordable. Kids menus are available.
Right inside the market there is the food area. You can get the best coffee in the country there, and pair it with some delicious cheese tortillas or home-made plantain patties. Yummy!
The museum sits underground, beneath the Culture Square. Here you will see many pre-Columbian gold artifacts, as well as learn about the way of life the indigenous people had before the arrival of Columbus. And since it’s underground, it’s a very nice place where to spend a rainy afternoon!
It’s a maze of small shops selling everything from nails, to machetes, to medicinal herbs. In the center you will find the food area, don’t pass on the opportunity to have the best coffee or a delicious tropical fruit salad. It will be a very fun cultural experience!
There aren’t continuous presentations. However, if there are, it is well worth getting a ticket. And if there aren’t, you should still visit it. There are guided tours that will take you inside and tell you all about the history of what has been called “the jewel of San José.”
If you are coming with your children, by all means, don’t stay only in San José! There are so many exciting things to do close to the Central Valley (within a two-hour drive). For instance, you can visit Irazú Volcano National Park, where you get to walk all the way up to the rim of this active volcano and look inside. You can also do the Rainforest Adventure, with it’s aerial tram, zipline canopy tour, hanging bridge, hummingbird garden, snake room and forest walk. This would give you a full day of adventure!