The Palm House Inn

Calle 13 Ave 2 y 6, San Jose, Costa Rica
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San Jose to La Fortuna

by ray_fb

What is the cost of public bus going from San Jose to La Fortuna?
Can we carry the luggage on to the bus (backpacker back pack)?
Is it safe?

We saw there are shuttle service for around $30per person (USD, I think).
Is these services much better than public transport? Any recommendation
which shuttle company?

We are a party of 3, arriving San Jose airport around 3pm on Saturday.
Initially, we are thinking of staying in San Jose for the first night
and then take the public bus to La Fortuna the next day. We just found
out there are private shuttle bus service which can take you directly
from airport to La Fortuna for ~$100 (one mini bus). This way, we can
arrive La Fortuna the same day we land. Does it worth it?

Anyone tried the shuttle service? Any comments?


RE: San Jose to La Fortuna

by easterntrekker

We are doing this trip tomorrow. There is a drect 6:15, 8:30 and 11:30. It's less than $7.oo .Takes about 4 hours. We find the f\direct buses more convenient in most cases than the shuttles as they have more time options and they're comfortable and cheaper. You can take small bags on board and large ones go under in the in the storage area. The shuttle for $100.00 might be good if you're in a big rush and don't want to stay in San Jose. The shuttles are fine , just more expensive.

RE: RE: San Jose to La Fortuna

by easterntrekker

Correction. The direct bus was actually only $4.00.

Travel Tips for San José

Love the Little Children

by Stephen-KarenConn

If the number of children we saw in San Jose is any indication, the population of Costa Rica must be growing at a healthy clip.

A few of the children we encountered on the streets of San Jose approached us with hands extending asking for $1.00 in return for letting us take their photograph. I'll admit that I've paid a kid (and a few adults) a dollar to take their picture a few times in past travels, but this time I didn't. I've got mixed feelings about the practice. No doubt the person receiving the dollar can use it, but I question what kid of work ethic this is teaching them - and especially the children.

The photo taken here was gratis - and from a little distance away. We saw more than one group of uniformed school children, all wearing black and white freshly laundered uniforms, and bright smiles. Those seen here are waving at our bus as we drive through the streets of San Jose.

San Pedro neighborhood

by Tom_In_Madison

It’s about a 30 minute walk here(beware of the big roundabout), or a short cab ride. There’s the university and some shopping and it’s like being in another San Jose, but more modern. The main street leading to the University has many shops and things, most directed towards students, including some cheap good food.

Church of La Soledad

by penumbra

This church dates to 1909 and has stained glass windows shipped from Switzerland. Statuettes adorn the niches of both matching towers. The bells and organ date from the early 1900’s.

Address: Avenida 4 - Calle 9

To La Fortuna from San José

by Pieter11

When you are travelling to the north from San José, you will almost always have to take a bus to the the city Ciudad Quesada (also known as San Carlos) first. From here busses depart to all parts of the area like the bordertown Los Chiles and the touristtown La Fortuna. Busses to Ciudad Quesada run very often from the Altantico Norte busstation (every 60 minutes).

This trip takes about 2,5 hours and costs about 4 dollars. You arrive at the central busstation of Ciudad Quesada, just outside town. When you want to stay here you'd best take a taxi to the centre, otherwise; change busses here to any direction.

Another great restaurant in...

by Luis_Alberto

Another great restaurant in San Jose, is Machu Picchu, Peruvian Restaurant. When I was there, it was pretty crowded, and it took quite a long time to get a table.
A good Peruvian Restaurant in the center of San Jose. 'Aji de Gallina', 'Tamalitos', excellent 'Pisco Sours'


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Address: Calle 13 Ave 2 y 6, San Jose, Costa Rica