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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Scenic Lookout
“Pristine beaches, jungle trails, wildlife sightseeing... nature’s on it’s exponent ”
  • 187 locals recommend
Resort
“Volcano with one of the largest craters in the world, easily accessible by bus from the city center.”
  • 101 locals recommend
History Museum
“This museum houses the world’s largest collection of American jade (pronounced ‘ha-day’ in Spanish), with an ample exhibition space of five floors offering seven exhibits. There are nearly 7000 finely crafted, well-conserved pieces, from translucent jade carvings depicting fertility goddesses, shamans, frogs and snakes to incredible ceramics (some reflecting Maya influences), including a highly unusual ceramic head displaying a row of serrated teeth. The new museum cafe, Grano Verde, serves sandwiches, salads and smoothies.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Volcano
“You'll be able to capture the best nature photos , beautiful and enjoyble hikes”
  • 43 locals recommend
Park
“Another place to not only take in local customs of exercising, games and concerts (like the National Stadium), between 4 - 6pm you can see huge flogs of White-fronted Parrots resting coming to sleep in the trees along the southside avenue. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Museum
“This 19th-century building contains a well-organized exhibit on Costa Rica's history and culture. It’s right by Museo del Jade. Opens: Tue to Sat 8:30 AM / 4:30 AM Sun 9:00 AM to 4:30 AM Mondays closed ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The largest shopping center in the country, in the center of the city, where you can get anything you need.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Shoe Store
“The biggest Mall in San José. Beautiful place although its access is a little difficult by bus.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Natural Feature
  • 2 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Step inside the crown jewel of San Jose's performing arts world with an admission ticket to the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica Learn about the history of the lavish neoclassical building and its most celebrated performances on a 35-minute guided tour, including access to the ornate foyers, lobbies, and main auditorium. It’s a must-see for any performing arts aficionado while visiting the Costa Rican capital. Opens from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Sunday Guided tours (in English and Spanish) are available every hour. Entry/Admission: $10 ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Post Office
“Designed by an Italian Architect, the theatre is a beautiful example of This Architects vision of Costa Rica. Very different than what you would expect. A gorgeous building with beautiful architecture with much Italian influence. Only accessible by tour. Check FB for times and to make reservations. English tours avail. If you are lucky enough, you may get to see a performance of some type. During the theatre season 30 minute performances are given during the lunch hour. Allows locals to enjoy and experience culture during their lunch hour. Usually 2000 colone admission fee. About $3.50 There is a lovely restaurant inside that has a great menu for lunch and/or coffee. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Large American Style Mall. All kinds of shopping, cinema and dining options.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This Is the Manuel Antonio Beach. A place where you can swim in the Pacific Ocean's waters and enjoy the beautiful nature that the pure life of Costa Rica can offer.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Waterfall
“The Nauyaca Waterfalls are located in a canyon approximately eighty meters wide. One of the falls is forty-five meters high in free fall and the other twenty meters high in stepped fall, forming at the foot of it, a pool of a thousand square meters and six meters deep. Then there are other natural pools of smaller size, which can be used for the enjoyment of the whole family. Nauyaca Waterfalls in Costa Rica is the ideal place for lovers of nature and adventure where the tourist can expand the cavalcade, walk, swim, climb, jump, take pictures and enjoy a wonderful day, in one of the most beautiful places beautiful of the pacific south of Costa Rica. Getting There Nauyaca is not the most easiest waterfall to go to. The hike to Nauyaca Waterfalls takes about 50 minutes to an hour (one way). But most people enjoy the hike, also because it is very common to spot some wildlife along the way. Another possibility is visiting Nauyaca Waterfalls by horseback riding tour or a 4×4 tour (you can find more information on these tours here). For all options, you first need to go to the ticket office of Don Lulo (also named: Nauyaca Waterfalls Horseback Riding Tour) which is located on Route 243 to San Isidro del General, about 10 km (6 mi) from Dominical (we have marked the exact location on the google maps area of this page). In the case you want to go hiking to Nauyaca Waterfalls you will need to buy a ticket of USD 9,- (CRC 1500,- for nationals or residents). After buying the ticket you can drive down to the bridge where you park the car (USD 3,-) and start your hike. But please note! This drive down is very steep and recommended for 4×4 cars only. If you don’t have a 4×4 car and you decide to start hiking from the ticket office, keep in mind that the walk will take quite some more time. In particular the hike back; because the last part will be very steep going up. Take sufficient water with you. Also good shoes are recommended – in particular during rainy season – you don’t want to lose your flip flops in the mud 😉”
  • 56 locals recommend
Park
“This is the largest active volcano in Costa Rica. At Poas Volcano you will be able to get all the way to the mountain top and look down the crater that is surrounded by the cloud forest. It's a spectacular view! ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Costa Rica's first national park, definitely worth a visit especially during the months of May - Sept. There's a couple trails you can take either on your own or guided. Ask us for more info.”
  • 42 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“They host live music nightly and it has great food and healthy options as well.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“This place offers beautiful views of the ocean and amazing Mediterranean food”
  • 30 locals recommend
Argentinian Restaurant
“A must try for dinner while in Tamarindo. Steaks and white sangria are legendary.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great food from scratch including very fresh fish sometimes caught by the owners. Live music some evenings.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Sports Bar
“here you can watch your​ favorite football or basketball team while​ having a drink or some food. Events such as Karaoke or live music.”
  • 30 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Located in Ojochal, Citrus is a beautiful restaurant with amazing food and a great wine selection!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Argentinian Restaurant
“Iconic Argentinian restaurant located dowtown. Great ambiance, amazing food and service, highly recommend it for meat lovers! ($$$)”
  • 27 locals recommend
Bakery
“The bakery in Santa Teresa is an iconic mark in town. Providing now with the best baked goods nation wide. A distinct european taste with a new menu that is indeed simple but innovative, must spot for ”
  • 26 locals recommend

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