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Farmer's Market in Costa RicaHere is a compilation of the best and most popular one day activities in Costa Rica. All of these one day activities can be enjoyed by the whole family and will let you truly experience the wonders of Costa Rica without having to plan an overnight trip.

If you’re looking to get out of the city for a day, there are many great spots in the surrounding Central Valley area to fit all taste and genre.

Most are easy to get to by bus or a quick drive if you’ve got a rental car.

We have put this San Jose, Costa Rica guide to facilitate your decision in moving or investing in real estate in Costa Rica and includes the following information:


The Rainforest Aerial Tram is only 45 minutes from San Jose along the Guapiles Highway was built on a private reserve near Braulio Carillo Park. The 90-minute ride lets you observe all the wildlife of the rain forest. The area also has trails and restaurants; many tourists make a day out of the trip.

Contact them at: 506 2257-5961 or visit their website at:

One Day Activities in Costa RicaThe Dole Banana Tour will show the ins and outs as well as some history of this massive banana producer.

To learn all there is to know about coffee, check out the Café Britt Tour contact them at: 2260-2748.

The La Paz Waterfall Gardens is a park containing four impressive waterfalls with hiking trails and viewing platforms as well as a butterfly observatory.

Contact them at: 2225-1082.

The Butterfly Farm is another great spot to see these beautiful insects.

Visit them at or call them at 2438-0400

Irazú Volcano measures 3,378 meters (11,080 ft), and hasn’t erupted since 1963, the day President Kennedy visited Costa Rica. A paved road leads up to the volcano’s rim, which is surrounded by gray sand. On a clear day visitors enjoy views of the Orosi Valley and maybe even the Pacific Ocean. Irazú Volcano is a national park; admission is $6. A visitor center offers information about the volcano and the park houses a restaurant.

Buses leave daily from near the National Theater. It’s best to get there early to get the best views of the volcano before the clouds roll in.Poas Volcano

You can contact them at: 506 2551-9398

Poás Volcano - A natural wonder close to San José that you shouldn’t miss. Like Irazú, Poas is located in a national park Surrounded by a forest of part of a national park, is also a unique site, with a crater lake full of steaming turquoise water. The hike up to the rim takes you through a dwarf cloud forest.

You can contact them at: 482-2165

Braulio Carrillo National Park is a jungle in the Central Valley Mountains with hiking trails.

You can contact them at: 506 2268-1038


Theaters in Costa RicaWhy not spend a cultural evening at the theater during your visit? San José has an active drama community that performs in small playhouses as well as the National Theater.

Even though Costa Rica is not the Mecca of theaters, many troups from around the world do come to San Jose, Costa Rica as part of their world tour.

All productions are in Spanish except those by the English-speaking “Little Theater Group,” which have their playhouse in Escazú’s Bello Horizonte.

Call 355-1623 for information and show times.

For those who understand Spanish, or just want the experience of taking in a show, here are a few theaters to check out :

La Comedia

  • Avenida Central, calles 13-15
  • 2233-2170

Melico Salazar

National Theater

Teatro de Bellas Artes


Museums in San Jose, Costa Rica

Museo de los Niños (Children’s Museum)

You can contact them at: 2258-4929

Hands-on exhibits demonstrating Costa Rican science, art and culture. Earthquake simulator is a big hit.

  • Location: Inside old jail building, Calle 4 and Avenida 9.
  • Hours: Tues. – Sun. 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Entrance: 500 colones/children under age 3, 800 colones/adults

Museo Nacional de Costa Rica (National Museum of Costa Rica)

Costa Rican history. Pre-Columbian art and artifacts, indigenous culture and colonial life of Costa Rica.

  • Location: Calle 17, between Avenidas 1 and 2
  • Hours: Tues. to Sat 8:30-4:00, Sun. 9:00-4:00
  • Entrance: 500 colones/Costa Rican citizens;
  • Free for students (with student I.D.), children and senior citizens
  • $4/foreign visitors
  • $2/foreign students (with student I.D.)
  • You can contact them at: 2257-1433

Museo de Arte Costariccense (Museum of Costa Rican Art)

Galleries highlight different artists and are constantly changing with new exhibits

  • Location: White building on the south side of La Sabana Park
  • Hours: Tues. - Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.;
  • Sun.10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Entrance: 500 colones/Costa Ricans and foreign residents
  • $5/foreign visitors
  • $3/foreign students
  • You can contact them at: 2222-7155

Mueso de Jade (Jade Museum)

Most comprehensive collection of jade in the world. Pieces date from 500 B.C. to 800 A.D.

  • Location: 11th floor of I.N.S. building on Avenida 7, calle 7-11
  • Hours: Mon. – Fri. 8:30-3:30
  • Entrance: 500 colones/Costa Ricans
  • $2/foreign visitors
  • You can contact them at: 2223-5800

Museo de OroMuseo de Oro (Gold Museum)

Extraordinary collection of 1,600 gold objects dating from 500 – 1500 A.D. reflecting the world-view, social structure and gold working techniques of the Pre-Columbian peoples of Costa Rica.

  • Location: Below the Plaza de Cultura, calle 5, between Avenidas Central and 2.
  • Hours: Mon. – Sat. 9:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Entrance: 1,000 colones/Costa Ricans, $6 or 2,850 colones/foreign visitors
  • You can contact them at: 2243-4202


Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporaneo (Museum of Art and Contemporary Design)

Theaters and galleries showing current trends of art and design.

  • Location: West side of National Library, Avenida 3, between calles 15 and 17
  • Hours: Mon. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Tues. 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Wed. – Sat. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Entrance: 500 colones/ Costa Ricans
  • $2/foreign visitors
  • You can contact them at: 2257-7202

Museum of Natural Sciences La Salle

Over 55,000 displays of zoology, paleontology, archeology and minerology.
  • Location: Southwest corner of Sabana park
  • Hours: Mon. – Sab. 8:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m., Sun. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Entrance: 500 colones/adults, 400 colones/children
  • You can contact them at: 2232-1306

Insect Museum

More than 500 insects

  • Location: basement of University of Costa Rica music school, San Pedro (east of San José)
  • Hours: Mon. – Fri. 1:00 - 4:45 p.m.
  • Entrance: 1,000 colones/foreign visitors, 200 colones/children, 500 colones/Costa Rican residents
  • You can contact them at 2207-5318


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