City Guide: San Jose

     In San Jose, Costa Rica, beauty is on your doorstep.

     Tourists usually bypass the city en-route to Costa Rica's other landscapes, but San Jose is well worth a stop. It is a far cry from the usual entertainments, but it will offer you an unforgettable adventure in Mercado Central and a dose of local culture in its green suburbia like El Pueblo.

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City Guide: San Jose

     In San Jose, Costa Rica, beauty is on your doorstep.

     Tourists usually bypass the city en-route to Costa Rica's other landscapes, but San Jose is well worth a stop. It is a far cry from the usual entertainments, but it will offer you an unforgettable adventure in Mercado Central and a dose of local culture in its green suburbia like El Pueblo.

     If you want out a break from your day-to-day routine, then complete your trip to San Jose with Booked.net. Be it a room in cheap hotel in San Jose to luxury offers all available with maps, photos and secure forms at Booked.net.

     San Jose offers any type of vacation. For example, culture buffs should pay a visit to the National Museum for a bite of history or enjoy art in Jade Museum. When the experiences of San Jose make you tired, take it easy in cafetaleros or coffee houses with a cup of hot coffee.

     Meanwhile, backpackers can occupy themselves with the city's green neighborhood. Just look at your surroundings. San Jose sits against a volcanic mountain background where you can go hiking or enjoy water rafting. Whatever you prefer from colonial architecture to lush green landscapes, San Jose offers a non-stop vacation.

Other attractions include;

- Avenida Central, a pedestrian-friendly street packed with restaurants

- El Pueblo offers night entertainments in restaurants, discos, galleries, and more

- Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, Costa Rica’s grandest architectural building

- The Simon Bolivar Zoo offers animal species on display

- The San Pedro Mall, the largest in Central America

- Mercado Central, a local market perfect for buys

     In San Jose you can also find other shopping centers to make purchases to fill empty space in your backpack. It just depends on what you are looking for. For instance, Barrio Amón specializes in souvenirs, while all kinds of crafts can be found in downtown Galería Namu.

     After shopping you can join in on the weekly parties in San Jose. On weekends the city brims with local fiestas, salsa and merengue. You can make a stop in harbor Latino bars or join a crowd of teens to bar-hop the night away.

     Otherwise, there is always abundance of dining choices to relax in the evening. If you are on a tight budget, you should find a cafe in Mercado Central that offers the cheapest dishes in the city. More sophisticated cuisine is served in Escazú packed with fashionable restaurants. Regardless of your budget Booked.net can organize your stay within the city.

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  • Adventure Inn Hotel

    4 star hotel
    Ciudad Cariari, San Jose, Costa Rica
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    The central 4-star Adventure Inn Hotel is set in the shopping district of San Jose. All spacious rooms are equipped with in-room safe, cable TV and direct dial phone. More details

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    US$111
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  • 1 Km East Of The Juan Santamaria Intl Airport (Sjo, San Jose, Costa Rica, 2-10173 (Map)
    4.3 - Exceptional
    Based on 54 reviews
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    The comfortable Holiday Inn Express San Jose Airport is situated in the center of San Jose right next to such attractions as Tortuga Island, Correos de Costa Rica and CREN Day Tours. Founded in 2008, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2012. More details

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  • Gran Hotel Costa Rica

    4 star hotel
    Avenida 2ª Calle Central, San Jose, Costa Rica, 527-1000 (Map)
    3.4 - Very good
    Based on 5 reviews
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    The Grand Hotel Costa Rica enjoys a prime setting in the very heart of San Jose, allowing its guests to explore the renowned museums, art galleries, theatres and upscale shopping venues. More details

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  • Prospero Fernandez Highway, In Front Of Multiplaza, San Jose, Costa Rica, 11856-1000 (Map)
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    The stylish Intercontinental Real Costa Rica is a 5-star property set next to Refugio Herpetologico de Costa Rica, CREN Day Tours and Pueblo Antiguo . Within easy reach of J. More details

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  • 5Th Avenue 5Th Street;P O Box 7802 1000, San Jose, Costa Rica, 1000 (Map)
    4.3 - Exceptional
    Based on 40 reviews
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    The deluxe 3-star Holiday Inn San Jose Aurola is set in a central area minutes away from Water and Fire in Paradise Tour, Tee Times Costa Rica Golf Tours and Pueblo Antiguo . Since 1986, it has been a prominent hotel in the historical center of San Jose. More details

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  • Residencial El Robledal, La Ur, San Jose, Costa Rica (Map)
    3.4 - Very good
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    Comfortable hotel Barcelo Premium San Jose Palacio is a worth representative of the five-star hotels in San Jose. You can benefit from such services as beauty salon, laundry and room service. More details

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  • Del Centro Empresarial Forum Dos;150 Metros Sur Y , San Jose, Costa Rica, 10903 (Map)
    3.0 - Good
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    Hotel Indigo San Jose Forum Costa Rica is a 3-star exclusive hotel offering modern accommodation steps away from Juan Santamaria Historical Museum, Travel Around Costa Rica Transportation and Guides and J.LANG Atelier & Showroom. More details

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  • 700 Metros Oeste De La Firestone, San Jose, Costa Rica (Map)
    4.3 - Exceptional
    Based on 44 reviews
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    Costa Rica Marriott Hotel is a 5-star deluxe hotel offering en-suite accommodation steps away from Pueblo Antiguo, Parque Juan Santamaria and Cathedral. It was opened in 1996 and is an example of colonial architecture in San Jose. More details

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  • Sabana Norte;Contiguo Agencia , San Jose, Costa Rica, 00000 (Map)
    4.2 - Exceptional
    Based on 55 reviews
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    The comfortable Crowne Plaza San Jose Corobici is a 4-star property set next to National Theater, Parque Zoologico Nacional Simon Bolivar and Metropolitan Church . Built in 2008, the hotel is a unique combination of European architecture and modern facilities. More details

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  • Central Street & 3Rd -15Th Ave; Calle Blancos, San Jose, Costa Rica, 538-2120 (Map)
    3.8 - Excellent
    Based on 18 reviews
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    The five–star property is situated near the centre of San Jose, and is close to the Gold Museum and National Theater. The property is decorated with an elegant mix of beautifully carved wood and stone from Ecuador's rock quarries and offers the latest technology. More details

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  • San Antonio De Belen, San Jose, Costa Rica, 357-2120 (Map)
    4.2 - Exceptional
    Based on 6 reviews
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    The pleasant 4-star Country Inn & Suites offers cosy guestrooms. The peaceful location gives quick access to Refugio Herpetologico de Costa Rica, Tee Times Costa Rica Golf Tours and Inbio Parque. More details

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  • Barcelo Palma Real

    4 star hotel
    200 Mts Norte Del Ice Sabana Norte, San Jose, Costa Rica (Map)
    4.8 - Exclusive
    Based on 1 reviews
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    Barcelo Palma Real is a 4-star excellent property that offers en-suite accommodation steps away from National Theater, Metropolitan Church and Museo de los Ninos. Renovated in 2007, this hotel combines the modern with traditional architecture. More details

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  • Plaza Real

    3 star hotel
    La Uruca Del Banco De Costa Rica 200Mts Sur 100Mtr, San Jose, Costa Rica, 3794005 (Map)
    4.6 - Exceptional
    Based on 18 reviews
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    The contemporary 3-star Plaza Real offers quick access to Jade Museum, Spirogyra Butterfly Garden and Pueblo Antiguo . Founded in 2000, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2005. More details

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  • Le Bergerac

    3 star hotel
    Los Yoses; Primera Entrada, San Jose, Costa Rica, 1002 (Map)
    4.5 - Exceptional
    Based on 56 reviews
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    The 3-star Le Bergerac boasts central location not far from Museo de los Ninos, Carpe Chepe Pub Crawl and Spirogyra Butterfly Garden. Thanks to a train station nearby, the tranquil hotel is well connected with other parts of San Jose. More details

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  • Studio Hotel

    4 star hotel
    750Mts South From Forum 1, San Jose, Costa Rica, 00000 (Map)
    4.6 - Exceptional
    Based on 26 reviews
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    Studio Hotel is a 4-star attractive hotel offering individual accommodation steps away from Travel Around Costa Rica Transportation and Guides, Biesanz Woodworks and Correos de Costa Rica. Since 2011, it has been a prominent hotel in the center of San Jose. More details

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  • Hotel Robledal

    3 star hotel
    400 Mts. Oeste De La Iglesia Catolica Del Roble De, San Jose, Costa Rica, 0000 (Map)
    4.5 - Exceptional
    Based on 42 reviews
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    The affordable Hotel Robledal is a 3-star hotel in San Jose offering an outdoor swimming pool, a casino. The building was renovated in 2009. More details

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  • San Antonio De Belen, Ciudad Cariari, San Jose, Costa Rica, 40701 (Map)
    4.4 - Exceptional
    Based on 50 reviews
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    The attractive Doubletree By Hilton Cariari San Jose is well set minutes away from Inbio Parque, Intercultura Language School and Cultural Center and Tee Times Costa Rica Golf Tours. With accents of traditional architecture, the hotel was built in 1973 and renovated in 2012. More details

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  • Ave. Escazu Complex Prospero Fernandez Hwy, San Jose, Costa Rica, 1250 (Map)
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    The comfortable 3-star Residence Inn By Marriott San Jose Escazu is set in the heart of San Jose. Within minutes to the suburb district, in the vicinity of Central Park, Jade Museum and Parque Zoologico Nacional Simon Bolivar. More details

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  • Next To Cima Hospital;Plaza Tempo City, San Jose, Costa Rica, 00000 (Map)
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    Situated in the center of San Jose, the 3-star Holiday Inn San Jose Escazu offers the gourmet restaurant serving contemporary cuisine. Major San Jose attractions, such as CREN Day Tours, Correos de Costa Rica and Travel Around Costa Rica Transportation and Guides are located nearby. More details

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  • Autopista Prospero Fernandez, Calle Marginal N, Pl, San Jose, Costa Rica, 5024005 (Map)
    4.1 - Excellent
    Based on 48 reviews
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    The pleasant Courtyard San Jose Escazu offers air-conditioned rooms in an industrial area of San Jose. This colonial building was refurbished in 2009. More details

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    US$118
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  • Balmoral

    4 star hotel
    Ave. Central Entre Calle 7 Y 9, San Jose, Costa Rica, 3344-1000 (Map)
    3.1 - Good
    Based on 1 reviews
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    Hotel Balmoral is located in the heart of San Jose. You can walk to the business and financial district, the best entertainment and shopping areas. More details

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  • Casa Conde Hotel Suite

    4 star hotel
    Costado Sur Del Parque De La Paz, San Jose, Costa Rica, 00000 (Map)
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    The 4-star Casa Conde Hotel Suite is situated in the heart of San Jose. Museums, theaters as well as Precolumbian Gold Museum, National Museum and National Theater are situated nearby. More details

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  • Presidente Hotel

    4 star hotel
    Central Ave Blvd, 7Th Avenue, San Jose, Costa Rica, xxxx (Map)
    4.5 - Exceptional
    Based on 53 reviews
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    The comfortable Hotel Presidente is a 4-star hotel situated in the financial district next to theaters, a cathedral. Founded in 1963, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2008. More details

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  • The Alta Hotel

    4 star hotel
    Alto De Las Palomas, San Jose, Costa Rica, 1260 (Map)
    3.8 - Excellent
    Based on 36 reviews
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    The comfortable 4-star Alta Hotel is a great place to stay in San Jose. The hotel’s convenient location offers quick access to Pueblo Antiguo, Correos de Costa Rica and Travel Around Costa Rica Transportation and Guides. More details

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  • Autopista General Canas, 3 Miles South Of Intl Airport, San Jose, Costa Rica, 718820-100 (Map)
    4.2 - Exceptional
    Based on 2 reviews
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    The excellent 4-star Wyndham San Jose Herradura offers currency exchange, parking and a lift as well as car service, tour assistance and wedding services. Operating in San Jose since 1975, this hotel features traditional architecture as well as a swimming pool, a casino and a golf course. More details

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