Galiza Business Apartments

200 E. from Red Cross, Avalon Condominium, Building "B", San Jose, Province of San Jose, Costa Rica
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Arriving San Jose Airport at night

by kjsusa

We will be arriving into San Jose Aiport around 11:40 PM and wanted to know if it was safe taking airport taxi to the Marriott Courtyard, and or the Marriott Resort late at night or early in the morning? Thank you.

Re: Arriving San Jose Airport at night

by monica71

We just got back about a week ago and we had no problem with the taxis (we took one at 11pm when we arrived to take us to our hotel for the night). Just make sure you take the official airport taxi. Once you have your luggage, get out of the airport building and on the left side wall you will see a little booth with a sign "Taxi Unidos" (the official airport taxi company). You go to the booth and tell them where you want to go. They will tell you how much it costs, you pay them and they will give you a ticket for each person on your party that is taking the cab. Once you have these tickets, you walk few steps from the booth, give the representative that is working for the official taxi company your tickets and tell them where you need to go. You wait there and they will bring you a taxi to take you to the hotel.

Re: Arriving San Jose Airport at night

by tomford

San Jose Airport is a fairly safe place for taking taxis, but if you want to feel safer - plan ahead. There are quite a few sites out there where you can pre-arrange for taxi or limo service ahead of time like GoServices (www.goservices.com) or 1800TaxiCab(www.1800taxicab.com). Hope that helps.

Re: Arriving San Jose Airport at night

by risse73

I would agree that it is best for you to take the official airport taxi upon arrival in San Jose. When in the city, always have your hotel call for a taxi on your behalf and never hail a cab from the street as it could be potentially unsafe with the high possibility of a rip off & crazy driving that took me for a joy ride at my expense! I had it happen to me once from downtown SJ to Pavas (one of the more upscale neighborhoods) en route to the shopping plaza there. Goodluck & enjoy beautiful Costa Rica!

Re: Arriving San Jose Airport at night

by Suzie3

You might want to check with them directly. I think they may have airport shuttle service.

Re: Arriving San Jose Airport at night

by Snipernurse

I arrived in San Jose at night and I felt safe. Expect a bombard of people offering you a ride. When in question ask for help from an airport employee, but you are better off going to the official taxi counter and getting a ride that way. I was suckered into going into San Jose with an unofficial taxi, but it all went well. Most of those people who are unofficial taxi's are just trying to make a living too

Travel Tips for San José

Nature around San José

by besbel

Not far from the city, and still in the province of San José, you can enjoy the following ecotouristic activities:
- hiking the Irazú volcano
- hiking the Braulio Carrillo National Park
- hiking the Poás Volcano National Park
- visit the waterfalls formed by river La Paz
- visit the butterfly observatory, next to the trail for the waterfalls.
Another activities implies going to the beaches, but all of them are not in the province of San José. I made an exception while making a tip on Manuel Antonio, because it is easy to go there from San José.
(More info on my Off the Beaten Path tips).

TAXIS - in San Jose, they use...

by markymark

TAXIS - in San Jose, they use meters (called Marias). Make sure they put it on, and if they dont, your gonna be overcharged. Sometimes they ask for more than is on the meter anyway, and Im not sure where that figures! Im not sure whether the meters can account for the extra night charges (which I dont grudge because this is standard in Scotland), so they might add it on manually?

Taxis from the airport to city centre are different - standard charge is $14.

In other places, however, eg travelling between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, standard charge is 1000 colones - no meter. Slightly higher at night, but you can bargain ...

I suggest dont take the...

by pablod1

I suggest dont take the tourist plantation trips..just rent a 4x4 and take it to the mountains or if you feel up to it you can take the hike, but along the way you will see some of the greenest widest plantations in Costa Rica.

Always Available

by penumbra

They’re everywhere. Cheap and plentiful. The drivers will ask if you need a taxi when you leave your hotel. They’ll honk at you if they see you walking on the sidewalk. You’ll see them lined-up for a block or more waiting for customers. When it rains, really rains, even if you have an umbrella, all of a sudden you’re the one looking for them.

Watching the City Go By

by penumbra about Gran Hotel Café Parisien

Open 24 hours per day the cafe has great food and is a great place for people watching. Although set back from the street the hotel has its own paved plaza. Its central location makes it an ideal resting point or meeting area while visiting other attractions in the downtown region.

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