San Jose Port Guide

The San Jose Port, Los Suenos, Costa Rica, marks entry to the capital and largest city in the country. It sits in the Central Valley, acting as the center of national government and a hub of economic and transportation activity. San Jose is a city of customs, natural beauties and history. From the famous Arenal Volcano and rainforests to museums and theatres, San Jose has it all. Big city lights and entertainment coupled with tropical wildlife and natural landscapes make this San Jose port of call a fulfilling choice.

Once arriving at the San Jose cruise terminal, passengers can explore the downtown area, which can be congested at times. It's filled with shops, restaurants, museums and theatres. This San Jose cruise port also provide passengers with an opportunity to explore outside the city limits, through city tours, forest tours, and aerial tours.


Whether you're looking for coffee, souvenirs, clothing or ceramics, San Jose is filled with stores, boutiques and vendors selling these items. Moravia is one area you may want to visit, with its busy streets of souvenir stores. In the downtown area, check out Avenida Central's nine blocks of stores, cafes and restaurants. Here you'll find small boutiques, along with large chain stores. Costa Rican coffee can't be beat, and you'll see plenty of it for sale here, especially the Café Britt brand name. The largest mall in San Jose is the Multiplaza Mall, which contains any store you can think of, along with a food court and movie theatre.

Things to See

For this city of contrasts, there are many things to do and see that revolve around nature, art, wildlife, sports and gardens. One popular site is the Arenal Volcano, which is great for a day trip. Arenal is one of the most majestic volcanoes in all of Central America, known to give off some pretty fireworks at night. Cost Rica is a country of soccer fans, and this is evident when visiting San Jose. Take in a match to see the Saprissa play.

For coffee lovers, take a trip outside of San Jose to see Café Britt Farm. Here, vacationers can see how coffee goes from the planting process, through harvesting, and into the can. A gift shop and restaurant are located here as well so you can sample the varied flavors of the region. Butterflies abound in Costa Rica, as well. There are many butterfly farms to visit, including the Spirogyra Butterfly Garden, the Butterfly Farm and La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

Restaurants and Bars

You certainly won't go hungry in San Jose. With many varied dining options to choose from, the city's eateries boast local favorites, as well as international cuisine. For signature dishes like sea bass, head to El Chicote in The Sabana. It also serves wines from more than a dozen countries. Casa Luisa is a hit for Spanish food, such as gazpacho, rosemary lamb chops or eggplant pâté. For some nightlife, look no further than El Cuartel de la Boca del Monte, a popular night spot in San Jose. 

However you decide to spend your stay in San Jose, Costa Rica, you will find many cultural, historical and recreational options to give you a new understanding of this Central American hub.



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