Top 57 Things to do in San Jose, Costa Rica

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6-in-1 Rainforest Eco-Adventure
Combine a litany of daring rainforest eco-adventures into one experience—ziplining, crossing a hanging bridge, riding the aerial canopy tram, and going for a guided nature walk to see the butterfly and frogs garden. See Costa Rica's tropical heart from every... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Attractions, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

Free cancellation

$99
per Adult

Bird-Watching Tour at Rainforest Adventures Park
Spend a day scanning the jungles and canopies of Costa Rica for a wide range of exotic birds on this ornithology-lovers excursion. Enjoy help and commentary from an experienced guide as you explore, take an aerial tram to lofty vantage... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

Free cancellation

$99
per Traveler

Bites & Sites Walking Tour
Get up close and personal with Costa Rican life through local food, history, and even the herbal remedies of folk medicine. In the midst of the vibrant city markets, enjoy a hands-on lesson on exotic plants, fruits, vegetables, and the... Read More

$34
per Traveler

Cartago Train & Bicycle Tour
Explore the beautiful town of Cartago, a sleepy oasis of Costa Rican culture and fresh air outside the big city. See the parks and historic buildings of San Jose, ride a train through the mountains, and join the locals who... Read More

$53
per Traveler

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

Free cancellation

$89
per Adult

Cinco Ceibas & Adventure Park
Visit Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park to find a tour unique in Costa Rica, designed to have virtually no impact on the park's pristine environment. Explore the lush rainforest by walking on an elevated boardwalk or ride a... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

13 hours

Free cancellation

$113
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

Free cancellation

$51
per Adult

City Square Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Make the most of your day in San José by taking advantage of a hop-on hop-off tour of the city. With 8 stops, you can visit a wide array of attractions and landmarks around the capital, and really explore the... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$27
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

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$47
per Adult

Costa Rica Rainforest Guided Tram Tour
The rich ecosystems of Costa Rica's rainforests are yours to discover aboard this aerial tram tour that takes you over the treetops. As you explore gardens and glide over the canopy, learn from your guide about the layers of the... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Attractions

2 hours

Free cancellation

$84
per Adult

Craft Beer Tour with Tastings & Tapas
Taste a wide variety of delicious craft beers on an evening tour of 4 local bars in bustling downtown San Jose. Hop from one stop to the next with a knowledgeable guide to teachs you about Costa Rica’s beer scene... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife

5 hours

Free cancellation

$62
per Traveler

Flyboarding on Grant Lake
Head out on an aquatic adventure that combines the exhilaration of flying with the wet-and-wild fun of an extreme watersport. Propelled by powerful jets of water, your flyboard adventure allows you to soar, swoop, dive, and spin above the surface... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$3,990
per Group

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

Free cancellation

$126
per Adult

Full-Day Tour to La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Spend a day soaking up the ecological splendor of the rainforest at the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Trek along a paved trail to a tumbling cascade, admire native flora and plant life, and get up close to a variety of... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

7 hours

Free cancellation

$90
per Adult

Grant Lake Boat Rental or Charter
Cruise the shores of Grant Lake in a high-end speedboat, whether you're taking the wheel on your own or heading out on a scenic tour with an experienced guide. Drop a line and spend some time fishing, enjoy active water... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

Free cancellation

$3,995
per Vehicle

Grant Lake Jet Ski Rental or Tour
Zip around the shores of Grant Lake on a high-powered jet ski, following an experienced guide on a guided tour or checking out the area on your own with a 1- or 2-day rental. With a rental, choose between a... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$3,695
per Group

Guided Half-Day Cartago & Irazú Volcano Tour
Tour Cartago—Costa Rica’s first capital—and then head up to the Irazú Volcano to see the main craters and the beautiful Caribbean and Pacific coasts in the distance. Along the way to Irazú, relax and enjoy the views as the road... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

Free cancellation

$63
per Adult

Half-Day Canopy Zipline Adventure
Experience the thrill of ziplining over the lush rainforest canopy on this half-day adventure. Soar above the peaceful rolling hills of San Jose de la Montaña, get an incredible view of the jungle trees and wildlife from the air, and... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$77
per Adult

Half-Day Jungle Trek
Explore one of the world's biggest primary forests on a hike that surrounds you with the vast biodiversity of the Costa Rican wilderness. With an expert guide and an emphasis on real experiences in the tropical rainforest, you get an... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

Free cancellation

$99
per Traveler

Half-Day Poas Volcano Tour
Explore the majestic and imposing crater of Poas Volcano, 8,884 feet (2,708 m) high at the summit, with your knowledgeable guide. Enjoy a magnificent view of the central valley and its enormous crater, considered one of the greatest in the... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$63
per Adult

Horseback Riding & Rainforest Boat Tour
Venture deep into the jungle for an unforgettable sightseeing and horseback excursion. Along the way, watch for rainforest animals clambering through the treetops from the deck of a riverboat and pass through the incredible landscapes of a national park. Read More

$99
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

Free cancellation

$118
per Adult

Open-Air Rainforest Gondola Flight
Soar through the canopy of the Atlantic rainforest aboard an aerial tram, becoming immersed in the true life of Costa Rica while suspended in the open air. This magical experience, combined with an informative nature walk, sends you straight through... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 20 minutes

Free cancellation

$60
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

Free cancellation

$126
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

Free cancellation

$79
per Adult

Private Minivan: Juan Santamaria Internanational Airport (SJO)
Enjoy convenient private transportation between San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) and your hotel aboard a minivan. The zones to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

10 minutes

Free cancellation

$54
per Vehicle

Private Minivan: San Jose Airport (SJO) to Jaco
Enjoy convenient private transportation between San Jose's Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) and your hotel in the comfort of a minivan. The zones to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

2 hours

Free cancellation

$212
per Vehicle

Private Vehicle: Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
Enjoy convenient private transportation between Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) and your hotel in the comfort of a minivan. For San Jose, the zones to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

10 minutes

Free cancellation

$54
per Vehicle

Pura Vida Experience
Costa Rica is home to some of the most interesting history, delicious coffee, and amazing food. On this tour, you can see the real Costa Rica, try some exotic fruits, and grab a cup of freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee... Read More

$57
per Traveler

Rainforest Adrenaline Junkie Tour with Ziplining & Waterfall Climb
Get your fill of thrills as you soar high over the rainforest canopy, glide through treetops on a zipline, and clamber your way up a roaring waterfall on this Costa Rica adventure. Experience the rainforest in a completely unique way... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Attractions, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

7 hours

Free cancellation

$153
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

Free cancellation

$60
per Adult

Rainforest Canopy Zip Line
Take flight over the trees and become immersed in the dense rainforest canopy as you soar on a zipline. Fly on 10 separate cables connected to 14 platforms situated throughout the magical hanging gardens of Costa Rica's rainforest, gaining a... Read More

Categories: Adventures

2 hours

Free cancellation

$50
per Adult

Rainforest Exploration Walk with Naturalist
Travel through the heart of the rainforest with a naturalist guide, an expert in the history and botany of the dense tropical region. Wander along a paved nature trail and visit a series of gardens, including the butterfly and frog... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$35
per Adult

Rainforest Nature Exploration
Immerse yourself in Costa Rica's rich biodiversity during a tour that takes you deep into some of the country's most dense rainforests. An abundance of plants and wildlife greets you at every turn throughout this fascinating adventure. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

Free cancellation

$71
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

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Events & Shows, Restaurants & Nightlife, Sports, Tickets & Passes

4 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$70
per Adult

San Jose by Night
Explore the markets and cultural icons of San Jose by night, complete with a tasty dinner and wine. Get up close to the city's nightlife with your local guide, and get to know the roots, herbs, and ingredients that will... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife

4 hours

Free cancellation

$67
per Traveler

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

5 hours

Free cancellation

$68
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

Free cancellation

$99
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

30 minutes

Free cancellation

$16
per Traveler

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

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

30 minutes

Free cancellation

$15
per Traveler

Small-Group All the Way to Alajuela Tour
This Costa Rica tour takes you into the heart of the city of Alajuela and the surrounding area. From the local market to coffee plantations to the unforgettable Poás Volcano, you see the best this area has to offer. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

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$90

$81
per Adult

Small-Group Art of Craft Beer Tour
As locals have traveled and experienced craft beer abroad, Costa Rica has seen an increase in the popularity of craft beer and microbreweries. With new flavors, new beers, and a new beer culture to boot, now is the time to... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Land Adventures, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

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$68

$61
per Traveler

Small-Group Cartago Bike & Train Tour
Totally over the San Jose hustle and bustle? Want to feel the wind in your hair and get a change of scenery? This San Jose bike tour gives you all that and more. Just outside the city of San Jose... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

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$59

$53
per Adult

Small-Group Home Cooked San Jose Tour
This local food experience is about as authentic as you can get. The tour aims to give you one of the richest traveling experiences you can ever have: the opportunity to enjoy a meal with a family in a local... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife

4 hours

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$39

$35
per Adult

Small-Group Pura Vida Experience
Setting off from the beautiful city Parque España, you instantly fall in love with San Jose's beauty. Fortunately, this city has so much more to offer, so you still have loads to look forward to. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$63
per Adult

Small-Group San Jose Bites & Sights Tour
Get your cameras ready because you don't want to miss a single moment of this colorful local experience. On this San Jose tour you get up close and personal with Costa Rican life through local food, history, and even the... Read More

$33
per Adult

Small-Group San Jose by Night Tour
Explore San Jose by night. This exciting evening tour is complete with local markets, cultural icons, and a tasty dinner with wine pairings. Your evening is all sorted. Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Land Adventures, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

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$74

$67
per Adult

Small-Group Tropical Rainforest & Chocolate Adventure
Visit Tirimbina Rainforest Center for a chocolate tour and discover the wonders behind one of the world's most tantalizing foods—chocolate. En route to this amazing place, stop at La Virgen del Socorro (a private reserve) and eat lunch at a... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

10 hours

Free cancellation

$99
per Adult

The Art of Craft Beer Tour
Experience the craft beer revolution in Costa Rica in a single afternoon. Most of the microbreweries and beer-obsessed pubs are in San Jose, and you can visit a good number of them on this comprehensive tour. Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife

5 hours

Free cancellation

$61
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

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours

Free cancellation

$104
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

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours

Free cancellation

$105
per Adult

Traditional Home-Cooked Dinner in San Jose
During this home-cooked experience in San Jose, visit a local family’s home and join them for mealtime, cooking, laughing, and eating, just as they do on any other night. This is more than a unique local experience—it is hands-down one... Read More

$35
per Traveler

Tranopy Rainforest Sightseeing Tour
Combine the spectacular views of an aerial tram ride with the excitement of a zipline course on this outing that gives you high-altitude thrills in the jungle. A professional naturalist guide joins you to show off some of the secrets... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$129
per Adult

Upstream Waterfall Climb & Zipline Excursion
Challenge a thundering waterfall as you trek upward, forcing your body to go against the downward stream of water plummeting to the rainforest floor below. Climb up the waterfall using your strength and grit, rewarding yourself when you reach the... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Attractions

4 hours

Free cancellation

$114
per Adult

White Water Rafting and Canopy
Costa Rica provides whitewater rafting experiences that take your adrenaline to top levels and fascinating canopy tours that go high above the treetops. Enjoy the two activities in an extraordinary way as you discover the natural marvels of Sarapiqui. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

10 hours

Free cancellation

$113
per Traveler

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

Categories: Adventures, Day Cruises & Water Activities

6 hours

Free cancellation

$77
per Traveler

Zipline & Canopy Tour in Braulio Carrillo National Park
A high-flying, exhilarating canopy tour is one of the best ways to experience the thrills and beauty of Costa Rica. Located along the Caribbean coast within a 1,200-acre (475-hectare) private reserve, this tour allows you to experience the area's natural... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

Free cancellation

$89
per Traveler

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