Try the coffee!
Costa Rica is one of the top 5 coffee producers in the world. They export several types of cofee depending on the geographical market (US, Latin America, Europe) and the are where it was cultivated (that raised in the higher mountain has a stronger taste than the crops of the lower mountain).
That's why a visit to any of the coffee plantations around San José is mandatory!
Many of the tours include a visit to any of them. One of the most popular in internal market is Cafe Britt's (you can get it at any restaurant of grocery store) but for export the coffee of Tres Generaciones' plantation is one of the most demanded. I have already ran out of Tres Generaciones coffee. My favorite one was the Italian roast - yeah, much stronger than the French roast.
What you Cannot Forget
Since I was in November, t-shirts, blouses with short sleeves, shorts and sandals were OK, but always brind some light jacket if the temperature goes down, and your umbrella, because the rain could be really heavy :-(
Light jackets, a pair of comfortable shoes for walking and another pair for hiking will also be a must for ecotouristic expeditions. Bring all your medicines with you, because health is expensive in San José, as well as buying at the pharmacies. Sunscreen and repellent are a must, especially for going outside San José
Parque Braulio Carillo
Located in front of the La Merced church, this park is also referred to as Parque Merced. The park is nicely treed with palms and contains a Pre-Colombian stone sphere, the statue of former president Braulio Carillo and a fountain.
Address: Avenida 2-4 - Calle 14-16, Across from the church of La Merced
By Taxi around San José
Taxis are another popular way of transportation. They have taximeters, but many drivers don't use them if there's an agreement with the client (to tell you the truth, never was used when I was driven). From Juan Santamaria airport to San José the price range from US$12-15. For a 5-minute ride, or the shortest possible, they usually ask 1500 colones (around US$5), and from San Pedro, Escazù or Santa Ana to downtown it was around 2500-3000 colones (around US$7-8). Taxi drivers accept dollars, if you don't have colones.
Machu Picchu Restaurant
As a Peruvian, it was a great surpise to find such a nice Peruvian restaurant in San José! Located in downtown, this place, decorated with typical Peruvian pictures and rugs, offers you a variety of dishes from my country, although made with Costa Rican ingredients and season. I would recommed you:
- as an aperitive, the pisco sour (our national drink made of pisco and lemon, but try just half cup, please, because it reaches to your head really fast),
- as for the dishes, you can choose among cebiche (fish marinated with lemon juice), pescado a la chorrillana (fish with a special onion salad), arroz chaufa (special Chinese-Peruvian dish with rice and chicken cooked alltogether with soya sauce), and chicken flamboyed with red wine, among others.