Best Budget-Friendly Things to Do in San Jose

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Best Budget-Friendly Things to Do in San Jose

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  • Mudeford 123
    124 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    There are only two tours per day in English and both are in the afternoon which is a shame. We went on the Spanish tour as this was the only way we would get to see inside the building. It is very beautiful and worth the visit. The guides were very enthusiastic. Shame we could not understand.
    Written March 23, 2024
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  • Excursion11363742044
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very interesting museum in San Jose which tell the history and culture of pre-Columbian people in the area through their artistry with metals, particularly gold. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the museum.
    Written March 25, 2024
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  • BLN74
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great little museum with excellent displays and solid interactive extras. Educational and fun. Highly recommended.
    Written March 25, 2024
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  • Nonny
    York, UK27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We spent a very enjoyable 3 hours wandering around the museum & butterfly garden learning about the history & development of Costa Rica. The building itself is historically interesting & there is plenty of seating in the shady courtyard area. Well worth the visit.
    Written March 21, 2024
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  • Nonny
    York, UK27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small but excellent free exhibition in a beautiful historical (former airport) building with outside sculptures. Well worth the short trip out of the city centre.
    Written March 21, 2024
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  • Quinten Jiskoot
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands550 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Colourful place, ideal for people watching, grabbing some snack, have lunch, or just enjoying this busy highlight in the center of San José.
    Written December 2, 2023
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  • LenH0647
    Garrison, NY15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was excellent with 2 qualifiers. It is really for younger kids (8 or under) and most of the exhibitions are in Spainish although many of the guides speak English
    Written August 13, 2023
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  • Nadina P
    New York City, NY353 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was definitely the most authentic jungle experience I ever had--I don't know if there's a way to get one quite like it. It's hard to really describe the drive up; I wouldn't call it a dirt road. it's more like rock with dried dirt from the rainy season. If you come in the dry season, I recommend an SUV, though 4WD is still better. This is the only place we went in Costa Rica where we used 4WD in the dry season. In the wet season, I don't see how you could come here without it.

    The park itself is incredible; you hear all kinds of sounds, though I didn't see much wildlife. Something did growl at me, though!

    The plant life is incredible. The hike is not as hard as I thought it would be, and Copey was completely worth it. That said, the return hike from Copey was a bit rough for maybe a Kilometer, so keep that in mind.

    We got there right at 8am and didn't see another soul again until we were nearing the entrance; even so, there were only 2 other cars in the parking lot. Everyone I did see appeared to be a local.

    There are bathrooms at the entrance, but only at the entrance, so be prepared for that.

    The staff is very hospitable; the person we encountered did not speak any English, but he spoke very slowly and used the map to tell us a bit about the trail. Between my French and Italian, I understood enough--he was a very helpful person.

    Overall, if you are in good enough health and willing to brave the drive, DO NOT skip this! And if you are worried about your ability to do a proper hike, at least go up to Barva; I thought the trail was reasonably easy up to that point.

    Be warned, the weather in the area is really unpredictable; we were just barely able to see the laguna, and we got no views at all from Barva. It was still worth it, but mentally prepare yourself for that.
    Written April 1, 2024
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  • Ian C
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful oasis of tranquility in San Jose with the optional walk down to the river an unexpected bonus. Well worth a visit and highly recommended.
    Written April 9, 2024
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  • Iris K
    Warrington, UK31 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were saddeened that there was no lake but this was made up for by the fabulous Museum of Costa Rican Art
    Written February 23, 2023
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  • The_Wanderer1992
    Columbia, MD1,830 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    While in San Jose, my husband and I stopped here. It's open to the public for free; however, donation boxes are around if you choose to donate. It's a clean, beautiful church. My husband was disappointed to find out that the pipe organ is not in use.
    Written November 25, 2023
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  • Ashley P
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Carlos was a fantastic Driver. He made our trip to the airport enjoyable when we were bummed to be leaving. We said we were learning Spanish so he was teaching us how to say some of our favourite things. Slowed it down so we could understand easier. Great service!
    Written April 15, 2024
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  • Worldbutterfly
    Berkeley, CA156 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had an afternoon to kill in San Jose before our flights out and picked up some great souvenirs at this central art market. It's well worth a trip if you find yourself in the same situation.

    Reviews that say the place is full of tourist tack--you're right! Reviews that say you can find amazing, locally produced souvenirs here--you're right! There is truly the full range of products, from cheesy toucan magnets and every single type of "Pura Vida" t-shirt to original work from artists throughout the country. Our favorite stall was the Artesanias Con Identidad Costa Rica, an artist's collective that features work from over 100 local artists. There are handmade coasters, small painting, crochet and needlework, stained glass, textiles, jewelry--so many one-of-a-kind items. The stall is located fairly deep in the market, but not hard to spot because it features items that no one else has. But no matter what your taste you will find it here!
    Written March 3, 2024
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  • Wayphian H
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jen our tour guide was great and extremely informative! We saw some many different birds, insects and trees. The best part was seeing the baby sloth. The university campus is beautiful as well.
    Written June 14, 2022
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  • Shawn M.
    99 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This park offers some greenery, statues and art.

    The main attraction is a famous statue of Costa Ricans driving out an American imperialist.
    Written March 18, 2023
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