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1. Posted by zaandra (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y


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

2. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 11y

Check the Calendar Page daily online of A.M. Costa Rica Online in English Monday-Friday most cultural events are in and around San José. Also purchase the weekly newspaper, print edition in English of The Tico Times, available everywhere around San José, which also has a website: updated weekly
The Costa Rica Cibercentro has information and links in English, Portuguese & Spanish (as well Cibercentro site covers all Latin America
Be advised that the areas that many low budget hostels/hotels are located in throughout San José are not safe to walk after dark, always take a taxi back to your hotel or hostel if returning at night, even if it is only a few blocks.
Always check with expats and or locals in any large Latin American city (not other travellers who have just arrived)where and where not it is safe to go and which bus routes are the fastest and safest. There are now, unfortunately, barrios in San José where travellers get robbed during the day.

3. Posted by zaandra (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y

Thx for the links you sent,they were very usefull!


4. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 11y

Don't miss the 'Nashville South Bar' some 300 metres north of Holiday Inn and Casino in SJ.An ex pat place that gets a lot of natives as well but fewer travellers. The Ex Pat or 'Gringo' Bars and Restaraunts are safe havens where you can get plenty of advice from locals and residents.

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

The Nashville South! That's where I watched Superbowl 38 (the one with Janet Jackson's breast). Fun bar with a pool table and a jukebox. We ran into some Nordic Europeans (can't remember the specific country anymore), a couple of Americans and some locals girls (who may or may not have been "working," but were nice and friendly and generally low-key if they were working).

The Mercado Central (Calle 6 and Av Central) is interesting, and there is some crafts that can be picked up there. There was a craft / artists market close to the Museo Nacional. I thought the Museo Nactional was worth a visit too - not so much for the exhibits, but more for the location - in an old fort. There are some nice exhibits on the history of Costa Rica in the museum.


6. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 11y

For a real 'culture shock' visit us all over the border in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala...most of the arts and crafts in the San José Market come from other Central, South American countries or Mexico, I am a 21 year ex pat and have never resided in, only visited Costa Rica, too bland culturally for my taste, in fact the place is getting now too expensive even to visit...we have a project in nearby Nicaragua see if anyone wishes to venture over.

7. Posted by zaandra (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y

Thx for the information!:)