Provincia de San José Off The Beaten Path

  • snake in Manuel Antonio
    snake in Manuel Antonio
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    Photo of where a snake was in Tortuguero
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    Partly hidden snake in Manuel Antonio
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Provincia de San José Off The Beaten Path

  • Parks, Squares & Pedestrian Malls

    San José Off The Beaten Path

    An unattractive square made up mostly of concrete and very little greenery. Rising above to the east is the fort containing the National Museum. On the west side is a bronze statue of Don Figueres commemorating 100 years of democracy in Costa Rica. Also on the west side is a daily flea market. Address: Avenidas Central-2 - Calle 13-15

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  • Butterflies

    San José Off The Beaten Path

    Because we were in San Jose on a Monday, the Gold Museum wasn't open. So ... what else is open on Monday. Let's go to the Jade Museum and then to the Spirogyria butterfly farm. I had the Frommer's guide which mentioned where it was and I had the lady at the tourist center show me where it was on the map. But no one had ever heard of it - maybe it...

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  • Skyscrapers

    San José Off The Beaten Path

    On the 11th floor of an insurance building is the Fidel Tristán Jade Museum, which has the largest collection of jade in the world - pre-columbian artifacts (mostly carved adzes and pendants but some rather rude ceramics too) and reconstructions. The museum also displays a archaeological exhibits of ceramics, stonework and gold miniatures. It...

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  • Churches

    San José Off The Beaten Path

    Built in the 1930’s the roof is adorned by a figure of Santa Teresita. This church turned out to be an excellent landmark for my walking adventures. To the west the streets are grid-like and easy to navigate; to the west, not so much. Address: Avenida 9 - Calle 29

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  • Serpentarium

    San José Off The Beaten Path

    The National Serpentarium has moved from where it was in downtown San Jose. It is now at the INBioparque. The admission to the INBioparque is $25 for an adult and there is an additional $3.00 for the Serpentarium. I wanted to visit the INBioparque and Serpentarium, but did not get the chance. Location:Santo Domingo de Heredia. It is open Friday...

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  • Rivers

    San José Off The Beaten Path

    Located one-hour far from San José, river La Paz forms five amazing waterfalls. Templo, Magia Blanca, Encantada, Escondida and La Paz. You can visit them by contacting La Paz Waterfall Gardens, which offers a trail to see all or some of them, it's your choice. The entrance fee for adults are US$24.

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  • Train Stations

    San José Off The Beaten Path

    This train station was built by the Costa Rican government to connect San Jose to the towns of Caldera , Puntarenas and their harbors. Although not in regular service the line has recently been reopened for regular tours organized by the Tico Train Tour Corp. The train uses 1940 coaches to travel through villages offering views of jungle scenery. ...

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  • Braulio Carrillo

    San José Off The Beaten Path

    It proportion to it's territory, Costa Rica has more of its land in National Parks than any other country in the world. On our trip to San Jose from Puerto Limon we passed through the Braulio Carrillo National Park which is only 20 killometers northeast of the Costa Rican Capitol. Although the limited time of our tour did not allow us to stop and...

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  • Museos

    San José Off The Beaten Path

    Surrounded by high, bleak, concrete walls, the old National Liquor Factory has been turned into a complex with two theatres, three art galleries, a library and live cultural activities. There are frequent dance performances and concerts in the Teatro FANAL and the Teatro 1887. The newly named Centro Nacional de la Cultura, National Cultural Center,...

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  • Coffee Plantations

    San José Off The Beaten Path

    Although very touristy and commercial, I thoroughly enjoyed this theatrical tour. Led by professional actors posing as plantation workers, you are guided through the whole process of coffee growing, harvesting, roasting, tasting and buying. There is also a multimedia show, plant tour and tasting session, with the ubiquitous shopping experience...

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  • Neighborhoods

    San José Off The Beaten Path

    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.

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  • National Parks outside San Jose

    San José Off The Beaten Path

    This area is a must for two reasons: - you can visit the crater of the Poás volcano (around 2700 m. over sea level) which is the second largest accesible crater in the world. The volcano is still active, but it is safe though, considering that its activity consists on, eventually, throw out steam and stone, but not lava. My big frustration: the day...

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  • Soda & Restaurants

    San José Off The Beaten Path

    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...

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  • Lankester Gardens

    San José Off The Beaten Path

    This is an orchid garden run by the University of Costa Rica. Originally a private garden run by a British orchid enthusiast, it is now open to the public. Between February and April is the best time to visit the gardens to see most orchids in bloom. There are over 800 species of orchids in these gardens, as well as many other plants and an...

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  • Zoo

    San José Off The Beaten Path

    Established in 1916, San Jose’s zoo contains more than 300 animals and 150 species of plants. Operated by the National Park Service, it offers opportunity to view numerous species of native wildlife that are not all that easily seen in the wild, even after a week or two of walking trails through different national parks. Open 9:00 am to 3:30 pm....

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  • Sarchi

    San José Off The Beaten Path

    Sarchi is Costa Rica's famous craft centre, best known for its painted ox carts. These carts are Moorish in origin and can be traced back to Spanish immigrants. Now you can find them adorning gardens of local inhabitants. You can also see them being made at a couple of cart factories. If you would like to bring home one of the painted carts, but...

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Provincia de San José Hotels

  • Adventure Inn

    We stayed at the Adventure Inn for one night in early September. It was the last day of our visit to...

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  • Casa 69

    69 calle 25bis, Barrio California, San Jose, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Beacon Escazu

    59 meters west of AyA office in Downtown Escazu, Escazu, 4013, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Villa Lapas Carara

    Avenue 11 Calle 13, Carara, Costa Rica

  • Casa Camarona

    Playa Cocles, Puerto Viejo, Province of Limon, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 2.5 out of 5 stars

  • Lomas Del Volcan

    PO Box 4-4417, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Province of Alajuela, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Tilajari Resort Hotel

    San Carlos Valley,PO Box 81-440, Quesada, Alajuela

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Classic B & B

    2 Blocks North from Children's Hospital, Costa Rica

  • Posada El Quijote

    Escazu, Costa Rica

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

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