Four Reasons to Visit San Jose Costa Rica

National Theatre

San Jose Costa Rica is located in the Central Valley in the centre of the country.  Many travellers advised us just to get in and get out but we considered giving San Jose a chance and stayed for 5 nights, and we glad we did.  Have you been to San Jose in Costa Rica?

Accommodation is reasonably priced but we found eating out and buying simple grocery items quite expensive, in fact, similar price structure to our home town of Sydney, Australia.

Downtown is very busy especially on the weekends, this is where you will find a lot of restaurants, hotels and museums.

What we enjoyed in San Jose Costa Rica


1. San Jose Walking Tour

Jeff and Duncan inside the National Theatre San Jose Costa Rica

Jeff and Duncan inside the National Theatre























Jeff Mesa, the owner of Polis Walking Tours was our  Tour Guide for the morning.  Jeff is very knowledgeable especially on the National Theater of Costa Rica.  From our 2 and a half hour walk around town we learnt more about San Jose Costa Rica than if we had read a guide book.

Espana Park San Jose Costa Rica

Espana Park

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Monday to Saturday at 9am and 1pm

Meeting point: in front of the principal gate of the National Theater of San Jose Costa Rica

Duration: 2.30 minutes

Bring: water, umbrella and hat

Our blog post on the walking tour can be read here.


2. Mercado Central

Mercado Central San Jose Costa Rica

Mercado Central


Central Mercado San Jose Costa Rica

Central Mercado

Established in 1880 Mercado Central is the largest market in the city.  Fruit and vegetable stalls alongside house hold products, clothing and souvenirs.

La Sorbetera De Lolo Mora in Central Mercado San Jose Costa Rica

La Sorbetera De Lolo Mora in Central Mercado

Our favourite food stall was La Sorbetera de Lolo Mora – we dare you to walk past it without trying its famous sorbet and order the barquillos – sugar candy sticks that you dip into the sorbet.

3.  Feria Verde de Aranjuez

Saturday Market San Jose Costa Rica

Saturday Market

Chocolate anyone? San Jose Costa Rica

Chocolate anyone?

Location: Calle 19

Open: Saturday

The market started in 2008 and offers organic produce, cheeses, chocolates, crafts, food and coffee etc.

4. Zuppa – San Joses’ latest restaurant

Zuppa San Jose Costa Rica
























Officially opened on Thursday 12th November 2015. Simple good food is their motto!

Zuppa Combination Meal of Soup and Salad San Jose Costa Rica

Zuppa Combination Meal of Soup and Salad

We enjoyed their vast menu of good fresh food which includes soups, salads, sandwiches etc.

Location: Avenida Central, San Jose Costa Rica

Opening hours: 9am – 9pm

Check out their Facebook page


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