San Jose

San Jose

Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose lies in the attractive Central Valley surrounded by Mountains and coffee plantations. For visitors arriving at the nearby international airport, there is a choice of staying in the City or in a more peaceful location in the Surrounding hills.

Whilst San Jose is not without charm, traffic can be heavy making it a less than practical choice after or before an International flight.

With the traffic in the City we usually recommend accommodation based on its location and ease to get you to your next destination after San Jose. The best option in the City is the Hotel Grano De Oro, a grand historic building whose rooms don’t quite live up to the impressive entrance. If staying in the city, a half day is enough to see the cluster of historic buildings followed by lunch in a buzzing neighbourhood eatery.

For most though we recommend staying outside the city where there are several good options at different budget levels, all with excellent views, beautiful gardens and swimming pool. Villa Casa Rosa is a lovely boutique option set on an organic coffee plantation. Rooms are very quirky and individual and set in lovely gardens. There is a super restaurant and swimming pool and hot tub with wonderful views. Xandari is also a real favourite of ours with beautiful views, extensive grounds with walking trails to waterfalls and 2 lovely swimming pools.


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Itineraries

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Two week holiday in Costa Rica with a focus on the wildlife. Includes Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde, Osa Peninsula and Uvita

Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks

Adults from $3,676 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

Families from $3,256 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

2 week adventure including surfing in Nosara, rafting Pacuare River and tubing and canyoning at Rio Perdido. Classic rainforest and beachside accommodation.

Tailor-made Luxury 2 weeks

Adults from $2,889 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,417 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

Two week self-drive Costa Rica family holiday covering all the highlights including Tortugeuro, Arenal, Monteverde Rain Forest, Nosara Beach and Manuel Antonio National Park.

Tailor-made Classic 15 days

Adults from $2,673 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,928 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

Two week luxury holiday celebrating the best of Costa Rica. Includes Arenal Volcano, Pacuare River, Gulfo Dulce and Manuel Antonio

Tailor-made Luxury 2 weeks

Adults from $6,752 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

Families from $6,301 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

The ultimate Costa Rica holiday for surfers and their families. Explore Arenal Volcano, surf in hip Nosara and surf and see the wildlife in the stunning Osa Peninsula.

Tailor-made Luxury 2 weeks

Adults from $5,687 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

Families from $4,411 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $997 per person economy class from London

Superb value self drive Costa Rica holiday designed for those on a tight budget with comfortable 3* accommodation. Includes Tortugeuro NP, Arenal Volcano and the Pacific Coast beaches.

Tailor-made Classic 10 days

Adults from $1,697 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $0 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,062 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $0 per person economy class from London

2 Week Green Season itinerary featuring Monteverde Cloudforest, Arenal Volcano, Tortugeuro National Park and the sunny Caribbean Coast

Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks

Adults from $4,190 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $0 per person economy class from London

Families from $3,592 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $0 per person economy class from London

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Accommodation

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- 11 Bedroom Lodge
- Walking Trails
- Near Poas Volcano NP
- 45m from San Jose Airport

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Charming boutique property
- Secluded with stunning views
- Infinity pool, extensive grounds
- 20 mins to San Jose airport

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Upmarket hillside retreat
- Near San Jose Airport
- Stunning views, secluded location
- 3 pools, spa, restaurant

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Historic hotel
- Near airport and attractions
- 35 bespoke colonial-style rooms
- Rooftop garden with twin jacuzzis

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Good value central hotel
- 20 minutes from airport
- Lovely rooftop bar/restaurant
- Coffee shop, gym, spa

Park Inn

San Jose

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Comfortable modern hotel
- Gym and Outdoor Pool
- Central location
- 125 room Radisson Hotel

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- 3 Acres of Gardens
- Friendly Service
- Swimming Pool
- 10km from Airport

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 506 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

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