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San José

San José is the capital and largest city in Costa Rica. It has a total population of about 1.7 million inhabitants living in the metropolitan area, although the city itself is much smaller with around 400,000 people. It is located in the central part of the country in the Central Valley at an elevation of about 1,200 metres above sea level.

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Nomadas Backpackers

Nomadas Backpackers

Perfect for first and last day in Costa Rica. ... more

Overall
5
Hostel Urbano

Hostel Urbano

Excellent everything is all i can said i loved it ill be back ..!! ... more

Overall
5
In&basic Hostel Lounge

In&basic Hostel Lounge

This place has all what you need to feel more than welcome.The owners can help you for local tours or planning your journey.I really had a good time here as the showers are hot ones and there is a local shopping center only 5mins walk. This hostel is really clean. ... more

Overall
5

San José Discussions

  • San Jose - Costa Rica
    Hi, A friend of me is in Costa Rica right now. She's travelling alone and wants to know more about places to visit in San Jose. Like musea, local artists, places to eat,...Kinda low budget and not too touristic. Thx, San ...

  • Where to go in Costa Rica and Transportation. by: Ivan.
    Highlands, ample valleys and the principal cities and provinces of Costa Rica, San José, Alajuela, Cartago and Heredia. The nation´s capital, San José sits at an altitude of 3,770 feet above sea level. It offers ...

  • Mercedes to Gualeguaychu
    I believe there is a direct connection with Rapido San José, but I haven't really looked into that when I was around last august. In any case, it should be possible to get in G with a smooth transfer in Uruguaiana, and there are definitely busses going in that direction. Don't know about the carnival. Niels ...

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Hostel Casa del Parque
91 %

Hostel Casa del Parque

Calle 19 Avenida 3era Casa In front of the northestern corner of National Par (Map) - Hostel
This place was great! I stayed here my first night in Costa Rica and was so happy with the room, people, overall vibes, I came back for my last night.
Hostel Urbano
90 %

Hostel Urbano

San Pedro in front of Kennedy Park adjacent to Municipalidad Montes de Oca (Map) - Hostel
In&basic Hostel Lounge
88 %

In&basic Hostel Lounge

200 m South and 75 m west of Spoon, Los Yoses. (Map) - Hostel
A really clean hostel only few minutes busdrive from the city centre. The staff was very helpful and caring.
Nomadas Backpackers
87 %

Nomadas Backpackers

100 N 125 W from Sabana Scotiabank (Map) - Hostel
Costa Rica Guesthouse
86 %

Costa Rica Guesthouse

Avenida 6 Calle 21 de la esquina noreste de la corte suprema,100 metr (Map) - Hostel
I stayed at the guest house for two nights with my four year old son. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but we had a very nice and clean room upstairs with a balcony.
Pensión de La Cuesta B&B
85 %

Pensión de La Cuesta B&B

Avenida Primera Calle 11 Y 15, 50 Metros Oeste Par (Map) - Guesthouse
Mi Casa Hostel
84 %

Mi Casa Hostel

150 mts North from the west corner of I.C.E´s bui Sabana Norte (Map) - Hostel
Aldea Hostel San Jose
84 %

Aldea Hostel San Jose

Calle 28 y Av.Segunda, frente a Sala Garbo, Casa E (Map) - Hostel
Casa Oshun Bed and Breakfast
84 %

Casa Oshun Bed and Breakfast

Diagonal 27 between 72 and 70A st La Uruca Urbanizacion El Jardín (Map) - Guesthouse
Manuel and his family have a beautiful house, gorgeous outdoor seating area where one can relax in the shade or sit in the sun.
Hostel Bekuo San Jose
82 %

Hostel Bekuo San Jose

Were are located 100 meters south and 25 meters we (Map) - Hostel
the ubication is excellent, is funy, the price is okey, but the cleanet is not ok, all is god bye bye i will stay on BEKUOS HOSTAl
Gaudys Backpackers Hostel
82 %

Gaudys Backpackers Hostel

Ave. 5 / Calle 36 y 38, Casa 3636 Del Banco de Costa Rica de Paseo Colon, 200 al nor (Map) - Hostel
Great arranged hostel, looks more than a homestay than a hostel. We liked it and we would book it again.
Hotel Europa San Jose
82 %

Hotel Europa San Jose

Calle Central Av 5 down Town (Map) - Hotel
Overall a very reasonable hotel in a fairly good location. 15 minutes walk to nightlife and good restaurants and a littel further to the old town / San Felipe.
Hostel Casa Colon
82 %

Hostel Casa Colon

Paseo Colon, 24th Street N Next to Mercedes Tower (Map) - Hostel
The hostal itself is ok. we arrived christmas and we get a room which was so small you couldnt move. was a 40 Dollar room and you get better ones for this money. Area is ok but its loud.
Casa Yoses Hostel
82 %

Casa Yoses Hostel

8th Ave 41 St 250 west from Spoon in Los Yoses (Map) - Hostel
The place was very nicely located. I was happy with pretty much everything, except for the fact that they served margarine for breakfast instead of butter.
Hotel Guima
81 %

Hotel Guima

Costado del la Terminal de San Carlos (Map) - Hotel
Hostel Pangea
80 %

Hostel Pangea

Barrio Amon Ave 7 st.3-3bis Barrio Amon Ave.11 st 3bis (Map) - Hostel
Hotel Vesuvio
80 %

Hotel Vesuvio

Ave 11 / Street 13-15 San Jose - Costa Rica (Map) - Hotel
one of the best features of the hotel is the location - safe and centrally.
Costa Rica Backpackers
80 %

Costa Rica Backpackers

Avenida 6, calle 21/23 (Map) - Hostel
It's been a while since I stayed here but it was a nice hostel.
Hotel La Cuesta
79 %

Hotel La Cuesta

Avenia 1 , 50meters west from the national park (Map) - Hotel
Hostel 1110
79 %

Hostel 1110

Ave. 14 St. 11 #1110 500 mts. East from clinica Biblica Right hand yell (Map) - Hostel
It has been a really nice stay of just one night. We were welcomed really nicly and the lady working this night helpt us with everything. she called for a pizza.
Hostal del Este Santa Fe
78 %

Hostal del Este Santa Fe

300m south y 25m este from the National Theater 8th Avenue 3rd and 5th Street (Map) - Hotel
Castle Tam Hostel
77 %

Castle Tam Hostel

Avenida 4,100 metros oeste Escuela de la Roosevelt San Pedro (Map) - Hostel
The hostel is a great place to take a rest near the downtown in Costa Rica. Near the hostel there are a lot of ways to move to the most interest places in Costa Rica.
Hostel Toruma
76 %

Hostel Toruma

Central Avenue, 29 and 31 St Barrio La California (Map) - Hostel
Hotel Capital
69 %

Hotel Capital

Calle 4 Btw Ave. 3 and 5 (Map) - Hotel
Hostel Van Gogh

Hostel Van Gogh

7th street, 150 mts North from Parque Morazan Barrio Amon, San Jose Downtown (Map) - Hostel