About San Jose Costa Rica

Let's have a look around into background of San Jose Costa Rica
  • Region: San Jose
  • Country: Costa Rica
  • Latitude: 9.9330555556
  • Longitude: -84.0830555556
  • Time zone: America/Costa_Rica
  • Current time zone offset: UTC/GMT -6 hours

Weather in San Jose Costa Rica

  • Climate: Tropical Wet and Dry Climate
  • Best Time to Visit: Mid-December to April (Dry Season)


Let’s have a look around into background of San Jose, Costa Rica.

San Jose is the largest as well as capital city of Costa Rica with a population of about 2 million (2017 Census) in the metropolitan area of the city. The city is situated in the central valley and western province of the country. It is considered to be one of the most important seats of national government with focus from economic and political standard.  The city is lovingly called as Chepe with abundant touring option for history buffs because of aristocratic historical buildings and for music lovers what with its magical night life.

Distance from San Jose Costa Rica center to Airport

Primary Airport is Juan Santamaría International Airport that received 3rd award under Best Airport in Latin America and Caribbean. Another airport servicing the city is Tobías Bolaños International Airport 

Driving Distance: 11 miles / 18 km

Driving Time: 21 Minutes

Languages: Spanish is followed by English, Maléku and Cabécar.

Modes of transport

  • Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport and Tobías Bolaños International Airport   
  • Rail: Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles.
  • Road: Bus – Interbus Costa Rica ; Taxi – La Guaria Cab Services

Customs and Tipping

  • For Restaurants and Bars:
    • Waitress and Bartender – 10 – 15 % of the Bill.
  • For Hotels:
    • Room Service: 10 – 15% of the Bill
    • Housekeeper: $1 - $2 per Day
    • Concierge: Between $1 / bag
  • Valet Parking:
    • Parking or Returning Car: $1 - $2 

Nearby Tourist Cities

  • Managua,
  • Nicaragua,
  • Panama City,
  • Panama,
  • San Miguelito,
  • Panama.



Managua is the capital city of Nicaragua as well as of the department of the same name. Located on the southwestern shore of Lake Managua, it is Nicaragua's largest city, with a projected population in 2015 of 1,048,134 within the city limits. The city was declared the national capital in 1852.

  • Climate: Tropical Savanna Climate
  • Best Time to Visit: December to April
Tourist Attractions
  • Old Cathedral of Managua
  • Montelimar Beach
  • Palacio de la Cultura

Panama City


Panama City is a city, located in St. Andrews Bay, Florida.

  • Climate:    Humid Subtropical           
  • Best Time to Visit: Fall
Tourist Attractions
  • Gulf World Marine Park
  • St. Andrews State Park
  • St. Andrews Bay

Emergency Contact Numbers in San Jose Costa Rica city

  • Fire / Police/ Ambulance: 911
  • Cab: 2227-9300 (La Guaria Cab Service)
  • Airport: +506 2437 2400 (International Airport)
  • Hospital: +506 2208 1000 (Hospital Cima San José)


Things to Do

Let’s step into extensive list of To Dos in San Jose, Costa Rica.


  • Festival of Light
  • Las Fiestas de Zapote
  • Festival de la Luz

Tourist Attractions

  • Mercado Nacional de Artesanias
  • Iglesia de la Merced
  • Central Park (Parque Central)

Theatre & Concerts

  • Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
  • Teatro de La Aduana
  • Jazz Cafe

Visit Top Restaurants in San Jose Costa Rica

  • La Terrasse Cuisine Francaise
  • Restaurante Grano de Oro
  • La Divina Comida

Top Shopping Centers in San Jose Costa Rica

  • La Bodega de Chema
  • Holalola Souvenir Shop
  • Tierra Santa Para Todos

Museums, Galleries and Gardens

  • National Museum (Museo Nacional)
  • Museo Dr. Rafael Calderon Guardia
  • Parque La Sabana

Iconic Delicacies of Iconic Restros

  • Salmon appetizer and Pear Terrain - La Terrasse Cuisine Francaise
  • Pork Tenderloin cooked in Tamarind Sauce - Restaurante Grano de Oro
  • Corvina in Papillote - La Divina Comida

Sports Club

  • Home to Deportivo Saprissa (major football club – won 33 league titles),
  • Universidad (top level club, plays at Estadio Ecológio).

Shelling Out Dollars

  • Imported beer: 1,730.20 ?/ 0.33 liter
  • Taxi: 640.00 ? (base price)
  • 3 BHK (Downtown): 447,161.01 ? / month
  • Cheap meal: 4,350.00 ?
  • Gasoline: 606.71 ?/ liter
  • 3 course meal: 20,049.99 ?