Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Of course you should never take more luggage than you’re willing to carry up a flight of stairs. This means that for longer trips you’re going to need to freshen your clothes at a laundromat. One convenient laundry is on Aveninda Central in the lower level of a shopping mall beside the Gran Hotel between Calle 1 & 3. The laundry, CyberCafe Las Arcades, is primarily an internet surfing store with four washer and four dryers in the back. c1200 / Wash, c800 / Dry (45 minutes) 7am – 9pm, closed Sunday.
Take a dictionary with your language to Spanish. While the hotels and major tourist locations have people who speak English (and other languages), if you enjoy going where the locals go, you could run into a language problem. If you don’t take a dictionary, at least have a few key words written down.
If you forget to take it with you, you can always do what I did… draw little pictures on paper. Hay don’t laugh it worked. 2 eggs sunny side up, bacon, toast, juice and coffee ;-)
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.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring all your medicines with you, because health is expensive in San José, as well as buying at the pharmacies.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sunscreen and repellent are a must, especially for going outside San José
Credit Card /
Most stores in San Jose accept credit cards, and there are many ATM machines in the downtown. Don't carry too much cash, it's dangerous!