Things to do in San Jose

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Cartago, Irazu Volcano & Orosi Valley Day Trip
Leave the city of San Jose behind to explore Costa Rica’s stunning natural surroundings and smaller townships. Visit the impressive basilica in Cartago, gaze down into the steaming crater of the Irazu Volcano, and be charmed by the colonial church... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

$98.00
per adult

City Exploration
Soak up the laid-back vibe and lifestyle of the _ticos_ (natives of Costa Rica) in San Jose—Costa Rica’s friendly capital city, called “Chepe” by the locals. Explore the city's historic architecture, quirky neighborhoods, and emerging art scene during a half-day... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

$48.00
per adult

Coffee Plantation Tour with Lunch
Discover the true meaning of farm-to-table with a guided tour and tasting at one of the country's premier coffee plantations. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the estate's unique growing, cultivation, blending, roasting process, and influential history—then sample a cup of... Read More

$52.00
per adult

Full-Day Arenal Volcano & Tabacon Hot Springs Resort Tour
Admire the volcanic colossus of Arenal—though it hasn’t erupted recently, this cinder cone on the Costa Rican skyline is considered one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Then, soak up the thermal benefits in the mineral-rich waters at Tabacon Grand... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

13 hours

$137.00
per adult

Manuel Antonio National Park Coastal Eco-Trek
Delve into the Manuel Antonio National Park with a day-long excursion to explore its pristine beaches, jungle trails, and coastal cliffs. Keep an eye out for sloths and monkeys as you hike the jungle trails, and soak up the sun... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours

$111.00
per adult

Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Estate & La Paz Waterfall Gardens Tour
Explore the outdoor wonders near San Jose with a full-day excursion to Poas National Park's blackened crater, an award-winning coffee plantation, and the towering 121-foot (37-m) La Paz Waterfall. Led by knowledgeable guides, discover the area's unspoiled natural beauty. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours

$121.00
per adult

Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Estate & Sarchi Arts & Crafts Market Tour
At Poas National Park, look down into the blackened lunar landscape of the 8,885-foot (2,708-m) tall crater. As the billowing smoke and steam dissipate over the fumaroles and sulfuric lake at its center, watch for erupting geysers—they've been known to... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

$85.00
per adult

Rainforest Aerial Tram Caribbean
Soar over the canopy on the Caribbean Rainforest Tram for a look at one of Costa Rica’s least-explored and most biologically diverse regions, riding over the rich vegetation and wildlife of this protected forest. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

$60.00
per adult

Ram Luna Dinner Show
As the sun sets over the majestic San Jose skyline and the stars blanket the sky, treat yourself to a luxurious evening of Costa Rican cuisine and a folkloric dance show. Surrounded by rhythmic marimba music and traditional dance, enjoy... Read More

$70.00
per adult

San Jose VIP City Bus Tour
Tour San Jose in style on a new double-decker, the City VIP Bus. See more than 25 attractions while enjoying local soft drinks, a traditional lunch, and live folk music. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

$70.00
per adult

Sarapiqui Canopy Zipline & Rainforest Adventure with Lunch
Leave the city behind and venture deep into the jungle for an unforgettable sightseeing and ziplining excursion. Watch for rainforest animals from the deck of a riverboat, pass through a National Park, and soar above the leafy canopy on an... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

$95.00
per adult

Shared Shuttle: Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
Enjoy convenient and cost-effective shared transportation between Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) and your hotel aboard a shuttle. For San Jose, the zones to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

40 minutes

$16.00
per adult

Tortuga Island Cruise & Beach Day
Step aboard a boat at Puntarenas for a scenic cruise across the Gulf of Nicoya. Hop off at Tortuga Island for an afternoon swimming, snorkeling, and lounging on the white sands of this exotic destination, and enjoy a delicious Costa... Read More

$125.00
per adult

Tortuguero National Park Cruise
Explore the exotic rainforests, waterways, and fauna-filled parks of Costa Rica on this guided excursion. Drive through densely forested and mountainous Braulio Carillo National Park, and then hop on a boat for a cruise through the channels and lagoons of... Read More

$105.00
per adult

Whitewater Rafting Excursion
Set out for a whitewater adventure as you ride the river’s surges, swells, and swirling waters through Costa Rica’s stunning natural scenery. Put in on either the churning Pacuare or the calmer Chirripo, and enjoy lunch as you float through... Read More

$90.00
per adult

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