San Jose is the capital and the largest city in Costa Rica, and is considered among the most cosmopolitan cities in Latin America. Aside from being surrounded by lush green mountains and valleys, it is home to solid history and culture, outstanding architecture, friendly locals, and bustling nightlife. It provides its visitors an amazing collection of activities and attractions. What better way to make the most of your Costa Rica vacation than by staying in an actual home and living like a local! Of all kinds of accommodations available, vacation home rentals are the most practical and convenient.
The vacation rentals ranges from a cabin, a house, a villa, an apartment or a condo unit. Just choose if you want to be surrounded by lush tropical gardens, primary forest teeming with wildlife and birds, or in the city itself, you’ll get the luxury and convenience that you deserve and can enjoy the view of the Central Valley. From 1 bedroom to 3 bedrooms that sleep from 2 to 6 people, and 1 to 2 bathrooms, there’s plenty of room for you and your loved ones. Kitchens are fully equipped and have a dining area. Enjoy the TV with cable in the living room, and there’s usually free WiFi! Other amenities include washer and dryer - with laundry staples, air conditioning, sheets and towels are provided, safety box, pool, jacuzzi, and parking garage. There’s more - if you’re willing to pay an extra fee for a more luxurious stay, you can hire maid services and have the fridge stocked for you, and transportation, dinner reservations, and massage bookings as well.
The locations of the vacation home rentals bring together the charm of residential San Jose with the convenience of easy access to the city center. Neighboring Escazu and Sabana Park are great for running, skating, free tennis courts, basketball courts and such. Enjoy an excellent year round climate being close to other attractions such as Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, and Zoo Ave. Take your time exploring historic places such as Barrio Amon, where colonial mansions have been converted into contemporary art galleries. Other points of interest include National Center of Art and Culture, museums like Gold and Jade Museum, and National Museum.
Barrio Escalante is the city’s gastronomic epicenter where you can stroll with shoppers at the farmer’s market. Mercado Central is a very old, interesting and bustling food market, that also contains a number of small restaurants and quick-serve counters. You’ll find everything from fresh cooked fish and shellfish, to exotics such as “squid in his ink” and helado de sorbetera (artesanal local cinnamon ice cream) and more! If you’re not that adventurous, you could always just go for La Calle - anything sold by street vendors here are good.
Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) is the main international airport in the capital city of Costa Rica and the gate to your Costa Rica vacation. It’s just minutes west from downtown San Jose and is the largest and busiest airport in Central America. The best time to visit is during the dry season, mid-December to April, to explore all the attractions in the city.
Chances are San Jose wasn’t the top destination on your list when you started planning your Costa Rica trip, but give this city a chance and you will be pleasantly surprised. It’s true that Chepe - as San Jose is affectionately known - doesn’t make a great first impression, but it’s well worth digging deeper to discover the city’s charms while staying with Owner Direct Vacation Rentals.