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Anything to do in San Jose for a few hours

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Tennessee
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Anything to do in San Jose for a few hours

We might have a few hours on our first night into the country, before we head off on our adventure on Nature Air the next morning. Is there anything to do near San Jose for a few hours, or should we just go to hotel and rest up?

Chicago, Illinois
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1. Re: Anything to do in San Jose for a few hours

Depends on where your hotel is located. If the hotel is actually in the center of San Jose you could check out the Gold Museum or my favorite the Jade Museum for an hour or 2 and then wander through the pedestrian mall and nearby parks in the center of town. Alternatively if you're staying outside town suggest you check out one of the mirador restaurants in the hills overlooking the city. Your hotel can advise on closest option and make reservations for you.

Last choice and great way to fill a couple of hours if you're staying in Alajuela or west of the airport is to head to Zoo Ave, a small but charming and gorgeously landscaped zoo.

Edited: 3:10 pm, July 11, 2012
Cahuita, Costa Rica
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2. Re: Anything to do in San Jose for a few hours

All of crfan' s suggestions would be on my list too, with the addition of InBio Park in Heredia which is a lot of fun!

San Jose, Costa Rica
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3. Re: Anything to do in San Jose for a few hours

Maybe hire a driver and drive around the city...that will give you some kind of idea about San Jose!

roadadvisor

Tennessee
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4. Re: Anything to do in San Jose for a few hours

Very cool thanks. I've taken alot of your advice crfan in planning my trip so if its a bust, I blame you. No seriously though, thank you for all your help. Staying at Las Caletas for a week with an overnight at Sirena. Very very excited.

Tampa, FL
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5. Re: Anything to do in San Jose for a few hours

The Butterfly Farm is also very close to the airport.

Toronto, Canada
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6. Re: Anything to do in San Jose for a few hours

How about if you have a few "night time hours?" I'll be in around 5:00 staying at the Adventure Inn?

I've spent a few days in San Jose before but bringing the other half this time. I still haven't figured out if we will take the morning shuttle or afternoon. Open for suggestions and will leave it up to him.

Grecia, Costa Rica
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7. Re: Anything to do in San Jose for a few hours

I would speak with The Robinsons at The Adventure Inn and ask them for suggestions. Eric frequently can be found in San Jose Centro, so he'll have some great ideas.

San Jose, Costa Rica
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8. Re: Anything to do in San Jose for a few hours

Just find a good tour operator like MARBELLA they run daily tours ...and ask them what they may have available...you really do not need any middle person...dealing direct with service providers you can even ask for discounts...

San Jose centro is huge...during the day about 2 million people hard to find a person...but maybe nice to have a nice walk around Central Avenue and Central MArket!

roadadvisor

Edited: 7:20 pm, August 01, 2012
9. Re: Anything to do in San Jose for a few hours

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