Time and time again, people asked the question, “I got 2-3 days in San Jose, what can I do? ”
I know that San Jose does get a bad rap and is not the perfect town, but if you can get away from the surfing, eco-tours and sportfishing, you will find yourself in a Latin culture that is full of arts and entertainment. Shopping for furniture, jewelry, coffee (a best seller) rum, leather goods, and woodcarving at reasonable prices is just the start.
The Farmers Market is another cool place to spend an afternoon, where you’ll find the typical fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, and spices. Mercado Central (right in the center of downtown) is a local flea market operated since 1880. You can find just about anything at bargain prices and I recommend going to it. I’ve dubbed it, “OST or One-Stop-Tourist.” However, be careful in these open-markets there are a lot of pickpockets, so might want to read our blog on Safe Traveling in Costa Rica.
El Pueblo, Metro Central and Mall Mult Plaza are huge shopping malls that will keep any woman’s attention for hours. I also recommend going to them the last day, this way, you will only spend what money you have left
Not there to shop? Don’t worry, there is a lot of awesome things one can see on the local culture and entertainment, which is another side of Costa Rica.
San Jose is like many countries, their society and culture is filled with local events, arts, dining, movies, and music. For example, you can see a local play at the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica for a few dollars.
You can take the Costa Rica Art Tour where you view local artists and their works – if you like art, this is pretty cool. Just about all the art tours which vary for a few hours to all day that provide a local meal, group tours are small or private, and they provide transportation usually in a shuttle bus. A 3/4 day tour will only cost you around $40.
Personally, if you got a few bucks to spend (about $45 US per person, but well worth it) after a long day visiting the sights, and want an eating orgy of meats and other tasty delights, go to El Mejor, but you will need reservations