Bustling city nestled inside a tropical paradise; San Jose sits in the center of the country in the Central Valley and is surrounded by gorgeous untouched cloud forests. Serving as a hub to the rest of the country, San Jose is the perfect place to use as a base camp to tour Costa Rica.
With the Juan Santamaria International Airport just 20 minutes from downtown San Jose in the country Alajuela, there are plenty of tour bus companies based here that run buses throughout Costa Rica.Downtown San Jose is the busiest part of town. A maze of streets and avenues, here you can find most of the city’s museums as well as a number of hotels and plazas. Plenty of tour companies, restaurants and hotels can also be found here.Since the downtown area is fairly small and is one of the most frequented parts of the city, do keep in mind that you will come across heavy traffic here with lots of noise and congestion. The streets and avenues here are usually bustling with pedestrians and traffic, so the best way to explore this area is by foot.