Cheap Flights to San Jose, Costa Rica
Why visit San Jose?
The capital of the lush and friendly country of Costa Rica, is an urban sprawl set within a valley surrounded by forested mountains that are often kissed by clouds. The city itself is not as beautiful as its environs, but it more than makes up for it with its numerous galleries, museums, and wonderful cuisine.
Things to do in San Jose
Visiting the National Center of Art and Culture is a great place to start your tour of the city, not only because it will give you a thorough education in the art and culture of Costa Rica and Central America as a whole, but also because it houses lots of centres for performing arts, and if you’re quick you can book an excellent show. Or do one better and visit the gorgeous National Theatre, a 19th century building, and one of the most stately structures in the city.
Spend some time in the Central Market, where you can browse the stalls for unique souvenirs or buy some delicious street food. Then enjoy some people watching, and a little greenery by visiting the National Park.
Just outside of this city is a ton of amazing natural attractions, such as the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a site set on the side of the Pas Volcano and boasting waterfalls, butterflies and some of the prettiest gardens around. For thrill seekers, it’s worth doing a canopy tour, where you can glide like a bird through the trees on a zip wire. Or if you love coffee, why not head out on the Doka Coffee Tour? Where you can see for yourself the process from start to finish of how coffee is made and processed, and maybe even sneak away a delicious bag of beans for yourself.
Best time to visit San Jose
· From December to April, the country experiences its dry season, and the days hover between 23and 26°C.
· The rainy season hits the city from May to November, and while the temperature remains fairly constant, you will need to prepare yourself for big downpours, or daily drizzle.
Best time to book
· Flights from Australia to the Americas are best reserved seven months before you fly, as you can save a lot on the cost of your journey by booking this early.
Expect to pay
· Costa Rican Colon (CRC).
· The coffee in this country is famously good, and enjoying a cup will cost you 1300CRC ($3).
Arriving in San Jose by plane
· The San Jose Airport, also known as the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), is the premier airport in the country, and the only commercial airport servicing Costa Rica’s capital San Jose. Carriers that frequently fly this route are Hawaiian Airlines, American Airlines, Air Tahiti Nui, ANA, Korean Air, Virgin Australia, Qantas, Korean Air, Fiji Airways and Delta.
· You will find ATMs, a variety of restaurants, a selection of duty-free shops, currency exchange counters, showers, a spa and free WiFi at this airport.
· All flights will connect through hubs in the Americas, usually Los Angeles (LAX), or Honolulu (HNL).
· You will not need a visa to enter Costa Rica if you are an Australian national, and generally you will be given a 90-day stay of leave. However, double check with the Australian government’s travel advice website to ensure that these conditions remain the same when you fly, and to check whether you will need to apply for other visas if you transfer through the United States or Canada.
Transportation to city centre
· Taking a taxi to central San Jose will cost around 12000CRC ($29).
· Buses will take you into the city from the airport, or there are airport transfers available if you book in advance and online.
· Renting a car can be done with our search tool if you want a vehicle arranged before you land, or you can organise one in the airport terminals after you arrive.
Where to stay in San Jose
· Downtown is where you should book a hotel if you want easy access to the city’s museums, restaurants and shops. There are a huge range of hotels here, from budget to luxury, so this neighbourhood can accommodate any budget.
· For a more tranquil scene, try booking in La Sabana or Escazu, neighbourhoods which are only 20 minutes from central San Jose, but both tend to have a less bustling nightlife.
· Keen golfers may want to look at the resorts in Santa Ana, which boast plenty of green to putt on, and upscale hotels to stay in.
Useful tips before you go
· A lot of restaurants in Costa Rica will add a 10% service charge to your bill, so tipping on top of that is entirely optional.
· It is common for a greeting to include a kiss on the cheek, though this is usually just an air kiss.
Please note that the information provided above is accurate as of June 2016
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