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Best of San Jose Guide

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San Jose
Vibrant and packed with Victorian mansions, Costa Rica's rowdy, bustling capital was built on the profits of the coffee trade and working "golden bean" plantations still surround the city. Try freshly roasted local beans at Mercado Central. For shinier gold, visit the Museo del Oro. Many renovated landmarks now house stylish hotels. Usually viewed as a hub, rather than a destination, nightlife is concentrated in Spanish village-inspired El Pueblo. Don't miss the elegant 1897 National Theater.

All things to do » Things to do

National Theater
National Theater
Since 1897, this elegant theater has been a source of pride.
Attraction type: Theatres; Historic Sites
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Orosi River Valley  ( El Valle del Rio Orosi )
Orosi River Valley ( El Valle del Rio Orosi )
Attraction type: Valleys
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Precolumbian Gold Museum
Precolumbian Gold Museum
A large collection of indigenous gold art.
Attraction type: Art Museums
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Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo
Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo
Attraction type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Hiking Trails
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Teatro Espressivo
Teatro Espressivo
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Restaurant la Terrasse
Restaurant la Terrasse
Ranked #1 of 295 restaurants in San Jose
Price: USD 18 - 35
Cuisines: French
Good for: Romantic, Business, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch Spot, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, After-hours, Private Dining
Park Cafe
Park Cafe
Ranked #2 of 295 restaurants in San Jose
Price: USD 10 - 100
Cuisines: International
Good for: Romantic, Business, Special Occasion Dining, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch Spot, Dinner, Reservations, After-hours
Restaurante Grano de Oro
Restaurante Grano de Oro
Ranked #3 of 295 restaurants in San Jose
Price: USD 25 - 100
Cuisines: Costa Rican, International
Good for: Romantic, Business, Outdoor seating, Special Occasion Dining, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch Spot, Dinner, Reservations, After-hours, Dessert
La Esquina de Buenos Aires
La Esquina de Buenos Aires
Ranked #4 of 295 restaurants in San Jose
Price: USD 20 - 25
Good for: Romantic, Business, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch Spot, Dinner, Reservations, After-hours
Mantras Veggie Cafe and Tea House
Mantras Veggie Cafe and Tea House
Ranked #5 of 295 restaurants in San Jose
Cuisines: Vegetarian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Stolas Hostel
Stolas Hostel
USD 15 - 32
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Aranjuez Hotel
3.0 of 5
Aranjuez Hotel
USD 25 - 65
Ranked #6 of 86 hotels in San Jose
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Costa Rica Love Hostel
Costa Rica Love Hostel
USD 11 - 14
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

La Boruca
La Boruca
USD 50 - 56
Ranked #2 of 52 San Jose B&B and Inns
Apartotel Suites Cristina
Apartotel Suites Cristina
USD 49 - 68
Ranked #5 of 86 hotels in San Jose
Hotel Santo Tomas
3.0 of 5
Hotel Santo Tomas
USD 62 - 95
Ranked #9 of 86 hotels in San Jose
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Hotel Grano de Oro San Jose
4.0 of 5
Hotel Grano de Oro San Jose
USD 146 - 242
Ranked #1 of 86 hotels in San Jose
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Sheraton San Jose Hotel
4.0 of 5 Sheraton San Jose Hotel
USD 98 - 167
Ranked #10 of 86 hotels in San Jose
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Boutique Hotel Jade
4.0 of 5
Boutique Hotel Jade
USD 93 - 130
Ranked #18 of 86 hotels in San Jose
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