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San Jose (CR)
Travel Planning
San Jose (CR)

San Jose (CR) at a Glance

Temperate San Jose has pleasantly warm weather almost year round and a friendly and welcoming population. Visit the city as a jumping off place for the mountains around it, or dig into city life with trips to museums, restaurants and nightlife. 

San Jose has some of the most interesting museums in Central America. Learn about pre-Hispanic populations, their art, and their use of gold. Visit the jade museum and admire relics and artwork made from this green stone. At the Costa Rican Art Museum, wander through an open-air sculpture garden filled with tropical smells. If architecture interests you, check out the mix-match of Spanish adobe and French and British neo-classical architecture that make up the city's grandest buildings. Churches, museums and public buildings are all interesting and beautiful to behold.


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High Season
December - April
Low Season
May - November
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      • Major Airport Tobías Bolaños International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Costa Rica requires that tourists have proof of return ticket to their home country. Tourists must also be able to prove their financial solvency. If you are traveling to Costa Rica from regions with Yellow Fever, you must present an international certification of vaccination. Tourists need to present a valid passport for entry. American tourists do not need a visa for visits of under 90 days. For more information, contact the Costa Rican Consulate, or visit the U.S State Department website. 

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      Severe Weather and Seismic Activity: Earthquakes and tremors occur frequently in Costa Rica. Tropical storms between June and November could also affect coastal regions.

      Safety Concerns Petty crime and theft are the biggest threats to travelers' security. Watch for pickpockets and leave your valuables in the hotel safe, or keep them out of sight on your person. Never leave belongings unattended on the beach and only carry what you need.

      Health Concerns Costa Rica has good water in all but the most rural areas. If you are unsure about the water, boil it vigorously for 1-2 minutes. Get good insect repellent and sleep with a net and insecticide if you sleep outside or in sub-standard housing. The poisonous fer-de-lance snake hides in grass and is something to avoid when hiking. If bitten by this potentially fatal snake, immediate medical attention is required. Swimmers need to be aware of rip-tides and the drownings they cause each year. Examine the signs on beaches before hopping in and talk with locals to find out safe areas.