Mi Casa Hostal

Sabana Norte, San Jose, Costa Rica
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Forum Posts

Passport Stamp

by perspicuity

I came on the Tica Bus from Panama to Costa Rica. No official stamped my passport when I entered C.R. I am now trying to fly out of SJO, but the airport authorities say I am here illegally! What is it that I must do? I am desperate and need exact directions as to my next step as I am running out of money. Any help would be gratefully received. Thank you.

Re: Passport Stamp

by Beausoleil

I believe the poster is a US citizen if that helps anyone answer her question. It would be useful if she would verify this.

A couple suggestions until someone more qualified answers you:
(1) If the airport authorities won't let you on your flight, ask them what you need to do. Surely they must have some idea.

(2) Is it possible to call a US embassy or consulate from where you are?

Good luck.

Re: Passport Stamp

by johnmperry

i'd try to take the bus again!

Re: Passport Stamp

by leics

Contacting the appropriate embassy (that is, the one of which you are a citizen) is always the most sensible first step. They are used to dealing with such issues and will be able to give you correct advice.

US Embassy in Costa Rica opening times and phone numbers:


Travel Tips for San José

A Near Perfect Climate

by Stephen-KarenConn

The weather during our visit to San Jose could not have been better. Costa Rica is a tropical country and the lowlands can be unbearably hot and humid. However, San Jose lies at an elevation of 3,772 feet in the country's Central Valley. Here the temperature remains very comfortable most of the time and locals refer to their climate as one of "eternal spring."

San Jose, and all of Costa Rica, experiences two seasons: wet and dry. The a wet season is generally from May to November and the dry season from December to April. Fortunately we were there during the dry season. Average annual precipitation for the country is 130 inches, although rainfall patterns vary from region to region. Even during the wet season the sun generally shines for a few hours each day.

San Jose Weather

If you go to the area around...

by Luis_Alberto

If you go to the area around the (Mercado Central), Central Market, you will find a very chaotic place, but you will also find lots of wonderful things to buy, and more importantly, you will intemingle with the 'ticos'.

Soda-not the one you drink the place where you eat

by ericdharma

All throughout Costa Rica you will see small beat, run down looking local restaurants with a sign outside that says "SODA". They are not advertising that they sell soda. (provided you are from a place in the US that says soda and not "pop"). This is the local name given to these small budget, usually family owned, restaurants. You will be inclined to avoid them initially because of there dingy, non-tourist friendly surface aspects. They are designed for locals on a budget and dining at one will not only give you an idea about what a typical Tico eats for breakfast but it will also give you a glimpse into the actual economy of Costa Rica (as opposed to the tourist economy that is reserved for you). The food is surprisingly good at most and the portions are enormous. They usually have eggs, gallo pinto or arroz y frijoles (black beans and rice sometimes with other ingredients as well) , two or three types of sausages, ham, platanos (fried plantains), and pastries ( doughnuts, cakes, and brownies). They will have a series of pre-arranged combo plates that are really cheap (usually about 2-5US) and including these mixed fruit drinks that Ticos love. You can customize you platter by substituting items or adding and subtracting dishes as you see fit. I ate at these places almost everyday and never got sick and was able to fill up and save a lot of money this way. They are also great for people watching.

San José by bus

by Pieter11

In San José an often used way of transportation is the citybus. These lines busses cross the whole citycentre and even goes to the suburbs and they are really usefull to cover big distances in the huge city, when you don't want to spend too much money on a taxi.

Of course the problem is that you will have to know exactly where you're going: the information at the busstops is not that clear, and on the busses itself is not much information either, so if you only need to cover a bigger distance once, it might be a lot easier to take a taxi after all.

But when you know what bus to take, it is a perfect way of transportation. It is pretty fast, quite on time, not too busy (except for peak-hours of course) and it is very, very cheap. For a trip of 40 minutes from the centre to one of the suburbs you only pay 40 cents.

There was a nice restaurant in...

by Luis_Alberto

There was a nice restaurant in San Jose, 'Cafe Mundo' I went there a few times, and the food was excepcionally good. The ambiance, was quite nice also.
Very nice atmosphere, friendly staff. Mostly pastas, prepared in a variety of ways.


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