Things to do in San Jose

Top Things to Do in San Jose

Things to Do in San Jose

Top Attractions in San Jose


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What travellers are saying

  • SFWanderer
    San Francisco, CA137 contributions
    Not only were we mesmerized by the art and architectural beauty of the theater but the performance tour was, by far, the most entertaining and informative one we have ever taken anywhere in the world!
    Yingry Rodríguez and Christian Lopez provided our group a most interesting way in capturing and maintaining our attention by playing the President and First Lady during the time period the national theater was created as well as portraying workers seen painted on the ceiling within the theater. Both in costume with discreet changes of costume “off stage” while we were distracted with the tour by the other guide.
    We took the 1pm Spanish-language tour. I am not sure if this is available in English but I would ask about either being available to enjoy when you purchase your tickets.
    It is not to be missed!
    Written 5 May 2022
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  • Terry T
    Nashville, TN404 contributions
    Great museum in the middle of downtown. Nice exhiits with interesting historical facts! Worth a visit. Just at the end of tge pedestrian mall
    Written 19 May 2022
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  • robocop2013
    Orlando, FL15 contributions
    Excellent museum, which not only contains jade but also a vast amount of artifacts.
    Very informative regarding the early inhabitants of Costa Rica. Excellent way to spend hours learning history.
    Written 3 May 2022
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  • Terry T
    Nashville, TN404 contributions
    Loved this museum. Located downtown just a few blocks from many restaurants and attractions makes this a great stop when in San Jose! Very cool old building with lots of history! Exhibits were very well done! Pu5mthismone on your list to visit!
    Written 19 May 2022
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  • swisstraveller
    Berne559 contributions
    On the way to Tortuguero Nationalpark (or to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca), you drive through this very green and lush looking Nationalpark. I dont know about the options there for hiking, and for staying overnight, but it looked really beautiful and is easy to reach from the capital.
    Written 19 December 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • deedee1951
    Chappaqua, NY563 contributions
    A must visit for authentic restaurants and open air markets for produce, fish, meats etc. souvenir booths too. Crowded aisles but you get a sense of local shopping and food. Had wonderful lunch there . With lunch and strolling we spent about an hour. Local ice cream was great. No admission fee
    Written 24 February 2022
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  • Colin F
    Toronto, Canada811 contributions
    I walked around the park after a trek from the central district. Traffic is very busy in this city. It's a great relief to have such a green space near the urban core. It could use some more thought about layout and perhaps add some more gardens and plaques to native plants, but otherwise very pleasant. Unfortunately, you have to pay to use the washrooms but that was minor. They were clean, which was appreciated, unlike some cities I could mention. I also like seeing the police patrolling regularly and have a lot of respect for the local force.
    Written 5 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Dan Gillotte
    107 contributions
    Trip Advisor doesn't seem to have a listing for the Museo Penitencerio that shares space with the Kids museum but it's ultimately separate.
    A small but informative museum reckoning with the terrible history of this prison. The museum recreates the conditions using original cells. It includes actual graffiti from the prisoners as well as statues of inmates with authentic artifacts of the the period.
    The museum does a good job at taking responsibility for the atrocious conditions they allowed at this site.
    Written 18 October 2019
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  • Jennifer N
    San Diego, CA2 contributions
    The beer and food were fantastic! They do not open until 2pm and luckily we arrived there at 1:50pm, so not a long wait. There is no tour of the facility, but I highly recommend going for lunch or dinner.
    Written 15 January 2022
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  • Colin F
    Toronto, Canada811 contributions
    This is an interesting collection of several contemporary artists in Costa Rica's cultural history. The building itself is intriguing to walk around and I spent some time sketching n the courtyard after looking at the work. It's free and the staff are helpful.
    Written 5 May 2022
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  • AimeeLally
    Phoenix, AZ350 contributions
    The vendors are a little pushy but you'll find some good stuff here as there is a wide variety. Your typical Costa Rican souvenirs but also handmade local artist stuff.
    Written 5 January 2022
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  • vmv205
    San Jose, Costa Rica35 contributions
    This is an adventure park with a purpose. The park's motto is "healthy children help sick children". Costa Rica´s Children´s Hospital is financed by the profits of this park. So if you visit, you enjoy and leave a bit of your money for this excellent institution.
    Written 4 March 2019
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  • Companion60550
    10 contributions
    A cut above the usual tourist curios. Very helpful salesman (Irishman from Quebec living in San Jose) who went over the collection and took the time to explain the objects. Great range in prices from small gifts to major art work. Not far from all the museums in San Jose, worth the trip
    Written 20 November 2021
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  • Thomas D
    Bangkok, Thailand39 contributions
    Very enjoyable to sit on a bench and read in the peace and quiet in the middle of the park. Many trees have their names and description on a plaque.
    Written 3 July 2019
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  • Benjamin R
    Rexburg, ID656 contributions
    This small garden hosts many beautiful plants and butterflies. It is in a challenging location, but once there, it was very pleasant and restful. It is in the same general area as the Zoological Park, across the same canyon, but you have to travel all the way around on a bridge in order to find it.
    Written 27 January 2020
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