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National Theater (Teatro Nacional) Tours and Tickets

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Modelled after the Paris Opera House, the National Theater in San José’s Catedral district is a neo-classical masterpiece representing Costa Rica’s greatest era of extravagance and sophistication. The historic building has been the epicenter of the city’s fine arts scene including opera, symphony, and other performing arts since its inaugural performance by Fausto de Gounod in 1897.

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San José By Night: Food,Culture and Gourmet Dinner with Wines

San José By Night: Food,Culture and Gourmet Dinner with Wines

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Take the stress out of eating and drinking at night in a new city with this fun-filled dinner and nightlife experience. Explore markets, check out neighborhoods you might otherwise miss, and indulge in a delicious three-course gourmet dinner with wine pairings. Learn about local food and culture from your guide throughout the evening.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$68.00
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$68.00

Bites and Sights - Walking Food Tour in San Jose Small Group

Bites and Sights - Walking Food Tour in San Jose Small Group

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Sample a wide variety of Costa Rican flavors while learning about the country's cultural heritage with this San Jose walking tour. You'll shop for fruits and veggies at the Mercado Central and the Mercado Borbón, visit the National Theater and La Laguna Plaza, and try all sorts of local treats along the way.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.00
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$32.00

San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour

San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour

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Explore the Costa Rican capital’s rich history, landmark buildings, and modern culture on a combo bus and walking tour of San Jose. Get a great introduction to city highlights like the National Theater and Art Museum, and stop to walk through bustling markets and public plazas to feel the pulse of this modern Central American metropolis. Get an extra boost of Costa Rican culture by listening to traditional folkloric music onboard the bus.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.00
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$66.00

Explore San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Small Group Tour

Explore San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Small Group Tour

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Discover San Jose’s hidden delights with this unique evening tour of the Costa Rican capital. Get up close and personal with the nightlife in San Jose, starting with the Morazán Park where we will learn post-colonial Costa Rican history. From there, our appreciation for San Jose’s historical architecture continues, with a walk by the Metallic Building, then on to Spain Park for a fantastic view of the Yellow House (now the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). We’ll continue to charming Barrio Escalante, one of the oldest residential areas in San Jose. Finish the night with a 3-course meal and wine or beer pairings at a gourmet Costa Rican restaurant.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.00
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$74.00
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Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup

Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup

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Experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of San Jose on an evening bus tour. Starting from your hotel, a comfortable double-decker bus with onboard WiFi serves as your transportation for the evening. See over 25 of the city’s landmarks and stop for a bilingual guided tour at key locations, including the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Enjoy an included dinner of local cuisine, before drop-off at your hotel.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.00
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San Jose Bike & Bites Ride

San Jose Bike & Bites Ride

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San José is characterized by its Spanish colonial buildings, Victorian mansions, and rich historical sites. This zero-emission bike tour allows you to see the city up close, avoid car traffic, and cruise through San José’s vibrant neighborhoods—past notable buildings, parks, and squares. Your guide navigates through the city and provides useful background information as you stop to appreciate local highlights.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$41.56
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San Jose City Tour with lunch. Private Tour

San Jose City Tour with lunch. Private Tour

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San Jose is the cultural capital of Costa Rica and boasts a rich and varied history. Get acquainted with the city’s charms on a private tour, featuring a customizable itinerary of must-see attractions and private transportation through the city’s maze of trafficked avenues.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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$135.00
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San Jose Walking Food Tour and Gold Museum Small Group

San Jose Walking Food Tour and Gold Museum Small Group

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Visiting San Jose’s markets with a guide turns an everyday scene into a rich cultural experience as your guide tells you the stories behind the markets’ offerings and takes the guesswork out of deciding what’s worth a try. After visiting top San Jose markets, head to the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum to take a look at the city’s early history. Highlights: Discover the secrets behind handicrafts, herbal remedies, and fresh produce at Borbon and San Jose Central Market Visit top markets to learn about local culture through food Lots of fruits, empanada, ceviche and coffee tastings included, plus museum entrance Good way for first-time visitors to learn about San Jose history and culture
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.00
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San Jose City Tour

San Jose City Tour

Make your stay in San Jose more than just a jumping-off point with this half-day city tour showcasing the history and culture of the Costa Rican capital. Skip the stress of public transit and let a driver and guide zip you around town to major landmarks like the ornate National Theatre, Gold Museum, Metropolitan Cathedral, and more.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.82
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Private Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit from San Jose

Private Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit from San Jose

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Enjoy an insider’s perspective of San Jose on this half-day city walking tour. Accompanied by an expert guide, you’ll get a sense of daily life in the Costa Rican capital as you ride public transportation, stop by a beautiful local park and visit the artisan workshop of a third-generation craftsman. Taste local flavors while you browse stalls at the historic Central Market, savor a traditional lunch at an 80-year-old inn and learn to make tortillas.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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$90.00
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Full-Day Tortuga Island Cruise from San Jose

Full-Day Tortuga Island Cruise from San Jose

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Leave behind the urban bustle of San Jose for the clear, aquamarine waters and unspoiled beauty of Tortuga Island on this full-day sailing adventure. Cruise on a yacht or catamaran through the Gulf of Nicoya to Tortuga and the surrounding archipelago, where protected forests, white-sand beaches, and pollution-free waters house an amazing array of plant and animal species. Enjoy a fresh lunch on board, sip tropical cocktails, and sway to live music as you sail through this picturesque island paradise.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.88
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VIP City Bus From San José

VIP City Bus From San José

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Though Costa Rica may be more famous for its natural attractions, its capital city of San Jose is not to be overlooked. Head out from downtown San Jose on a double-decker sightseeing bus to discover the city’s important historical landmarks, learn about the history and culture of Costa Rica, and find the best panoramic views of the city.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.00
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San Jose City Tour Half Day

San Jose City Tour Half Day

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Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture and history on this guided tour of the capital city. Highlights include the National Theater, the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, the University of Costa Rica, the Supreme Court, and Central Market. A bilingual guide is on hand to answer questions and provide insight about what you see along the way.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.00
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$70.00

San Jose Pura Vida Experience: Escazu Mountains, Tapas and Traditional Masks

San Jose Pura Vida Experience: Escazu Mountains, Tapas and Traditional Masks

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See a side of Costa Rica that most first-time visitors miss on a day trip to the San Jose Highlands. You'll receive personalized attention in a small group limited to 12 as you explore the city of Escazú, renowned for its intricate masquerade masks. You'll explore trails and hike to viewpoints that you might otherwise have missed and delve deeper into the local culture of Costa Rica.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.00
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Explore the Central Market's History and Food with a Local Expert by Carpe Chepe

Explore the Central Market's History and Food with a Local Expert by Carpe Chepe

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Visit the Central Market in San Jose on this guided tour and learn about its 136-year history. There, sample regional staples like tropical seasonal fruit, tortillas, ice cream, Costa Rican coffee, and other local specialities. Plus, find out how and why San Jose became the capital city of Costa Rica.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.00
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Full day City Tour San Jose visit most interesting and cultural places

Full day City Tour San Jose visit most interesting and cultural places

The sprawl of San Jose poses challenge for visitors who want to explore the capital but don’t have much time in Costa Rica. This private guided tour of San Jose provides an easy answer for time-strapped travelers by taking you to San Jose’s top sites in just a day. From the National Theatre of Costa Rica to a popular artisan market, you’ll get a sense of this city’s rich history and culture.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.50
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Private Shuttle from Manuel Antonio National Park to SJO Airport

Private Shuttle from Manuel Antonio National Park to SJO Airport

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The end of a vacation is hard enough, so save yourself departure stress with a private transfer from Manuel Antonio National Park or Quepos to the San Jose International Airport. A dedicated driver collects you and your luggage directly from your accommodation and takes you straight to the airport in time to catch your flight. Relax in comfort on the roughly 3-hour drive instead of being jostled on a crowded bus.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$202.67
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City tour - San José

City tour - San José

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We made a tour taking into account the past and the present in San Jose. We know the artistic part, including its most recognized spaces in this area, the culture, history and architecture of the city. The tour will show you the most beautiful areas of San José. The tour describes the past and the present of San José, in order to know it´s actual life. You get to know from art, culture, history and architecture of the city. The tour shows you the most beautiful areas in San José.
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  • 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.00
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San Jose Small Group Walking Tour by Carpe Chepe

San Jose Small Group Walking Tour by Carpe Chepe

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Discover historical monuments and the latest San Jose hangout spots during this small-group walking tour in the capital of Costa Rica. Your local guide shows you important landmarks and shares the inside scoop on the city’s best cafes, eateries, and shops. Meet downtown at The National Theater, or upgrade for hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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$40.00

San Jose Guided City Tour: Architecture, Culture, Food and History

San Jose Guided City Tour: Architecture, Culture, Food and History

We made a tour taking into account the past and the present in San Jose. Immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture and history on this walking guided tour of the capital city. Highlights include the National Theater, the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, the National Museum, the Supreme Court, and Central Market. A bilingual guide is on hand to answer questions and provide insight about what you see along the way. We know the artistic part, including its most recognized spaces in this area, the culture, history and architecture of the city. The tour will show you the most beautiful areas of San José. The tour describes the past and the present of San José, in order to know it´s actual life. You get to know from art, culture, history and architecture of the city.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$140.00
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$140.00

Knowing the best of San José
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Knowing the best of San José

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We will visit a beautiful craft shop, where you can get beautiful souvenirs to take back home. During this trip we will visit the National Theater, also known as "La Joya de San José", a masterpiece in art and architecture built by Costa Ricans and completed in 1897. We will also visit the Metropolitan Cathedral. While traveling through the city, we will point out several major and historically important buildings of our city, for example, the University of Costa Rica, the Old Train Station, the National Liquor Factory, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, the Legislative Assembly ( equivalent to the Congress), the Metal Building, some parks and several sites of interest. This will be an introduction to our Capital City and information about our economy, culture, politics, religion and current general events.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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Gourmet Coffee Tasting & Walking Tour by Carpe Chepe

Gourmet Coffee Tasting & Walking Tour by Carpe Chepe

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Immerse yourself in San Jose’s thriving coffee culture during a tasting and walking tour of Costa Rica’s capital. Exploring with a guide reveals cafes and coffee varieties that you may otherwise have missed, and also gives you the chance to get the inside scoop on coffee production from local baristas.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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10D-9N Green Costa Rica

10D-9N Green Costa Rica

This is a circuit for lovers of nature and adventure tourism, has all the necessary elements to enjoy beautiful landscapes. You will visit cities in the north of the country where you can make different tours, such as the coffee tour, visit National Parks, impressive waterfalls, rivers, see the most impressed of the fauna of Costa Rica, share with local people.
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  • 10 days
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$3,948.06
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What people are saying about National-Theater tours and tickets

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San José By Night: Food,Culture and Gourmet Dinner with Wines
"The whole experience is unique. It captures the local vive and cuisine. The local tour to the market, the theater and finally the dinner were all excellent."..."
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Bites and Sights - Walking Food Tour in San Jose Small Group
"I would highly recommend this tour for all ages. We tried so many fruits, walked all over and learned so much about Costa Rica."..."
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San Jose Walking and Bus City Tour
"A varied and well organised tour of some of San José’s highlights. Jordan ( our guide) was brilliant"..."
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Explore San Jose By Night: Food and Culture Small Group Tour
"It has been a different experience touring the city while raining but our tour guide was so professional and still made the tour fun and exciting."..."
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Half-Day San Jose Evening Bus Tour with Dinner and Pickup
"The tour of downtown San José was enhanced with local music by a charming gentleman named Sergio. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and learned a lot about San José and Costa Rican history. I highly recommend this tour."..."
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San Jose Bike & Bites Ride
"This tour was perfect for us. We were comfortable biking in a city and around cars. there were some narrow spots, cobblestones, and these precipitous gutters at some points but if you're used to riding in a city around cars you will be fine. The bikes were in good shape, brakes and gears worked well and they gave us all helmets. The best part of this tour was how much of the city you got to see and the tasty street food near the hall of justice. The guide was fantastic! Really knowledgeable and nice. He really loved showing the city to all of us and we saw so much more of it than we would have walking. We even got the privilege of seeing a sloth in the city, which was a real TREAT! Do not hesitate, if you like bike tours this is the one for you."..."
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San Jose City Tour with lunch. Private Tour
"My husband and I had the best experience learning about San Jose's culture, food, locals and educational system. Luis was extremely knowledgeable and polite. He had the most friendly and passion when describing his country. I will definitely return and will recommend this tour. The National Theater, museum, park and restaurant was amazing!"..."
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San Jose Walking Food Tour and Gold Museum Small Group
"Gladys took us to the market in San Jose and that was awesome. She really knows her way around and introduced us to some interesting local items. She was awsome!"..."
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Private Tapas, Traditional Masks and Escazu Visit from San Jose
"Gladys, the tour guide, was just fantastic. Personable, professional and knowledgable. I was very happy her English was excellent, since my Spanish is not. The tour content was varied and interesting. Lunch was good and the coffee stop was great. I really enjoyed it. Worth the fee for over a half day of entertainment/sightseeing."..."
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Full-Day Tortuga Island Cruise from San Jose
"This was an excellent all day trip from our hotel in San Jose (Marriott Hacienda Belen). We were picked up at 5:45am and brought back to the hotel by 8:30pm. The coach bus was comfortable. 2 hour trip to the coast. 2 hour boat ride to the island. Same coming back. The breakfast was good; though light, so I recommend you bring something to supplement. Drinks on the boat bar were good. The island is stunning and we were on there for 5 hours. Did the snorkeling and banana boat activities (for extra fee). Both were fun and worth the nominal fee. Gift shop with shirts, sundries, and sunscreen was on the island. They accepted credit cards. Paid for a wifi password and it was worth it. Lunch (included) was more than expected: salad, potato salad, rice, chicken, and fish. Tasted good and did not leave us hungry. Cash bar on the island was good too (nice that you could start a tab on the boat in the morning, continue it to the island, and then continue it on the boat back!). The ONLY downside to the trip was the location of the volleyball court. It was literally right in front of our beach chairs (chairs provided by our tour). I can't tell you how many times the ball hit people trying to relax. Other than that it was really a perfect trip. Bring your own towel. There were some street vendors selling kabobs and a small convenience store selling snacks before we got back on the bus home. I entertained 9 co-workers and 14 clients. I would recommend again!"..."
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VIP City Bus From San José
"We had a nice look around the city at night with the guide who have lots of knowledge about the city of San Jose...Nice dinner too!"..."
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San Jose City Tour Half Day
"This was a great way to see the city and learn the history of Costa Rica. Our guide, Mario, (aka Bubba), was friendly, kind-hearted, and knowledgeable. He gave us options as we went along to ensure we got the most out of our experience."..."
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San Jose Pura Vida Experience: Escazu Mountains, Tapas and Traditional Masks
"Eric is an excellent guide and the tapas dinner is excellent. The views from the Escazu Mountains is mesmerizing even with the fog."..."
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Explore the Central Market's History and Food with a Local Expert by Carpe Chepe
"Wow, we loved this tour. Our guide, Ivannia, was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable and friendly. The tour was much more comprehensive than we expected it to be, as we got to see some of the main buildings in downtown San Jose as well as going through Central Market and sampling some of the food and drinks. I highly recommend this tour!"..."
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City tour - San José
"Guide was very knowledgeable and considerate. She made arrangements with Uber to pick us up at our hotel."..."
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San Jose Small Group Walking Tour by Carpe Chepe
"We have a very pleasant city tour with Ama this week. He was extremely friendly, funny, knowledgeable and very well versed on history on every corner. Stopped to have local ice cream unique to San Jose, and really enjoyed the history coffee shop Don Juanito. His special ability to animate the narrative made the tour a wonderful morning and early afternoon."..."
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National Theater (Teatro Nacional) hours of operation: Mon - Sat 9am-4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.