5 Fun Things to Do on a Budget in San JosePosted by Oct03, 2013 Comments /span>
There are lots of things to do in San Jose. Unfortunately, many of these things cost money, especially if they’re dedicated towards tourists. Whilst we can’t guarantee a free meal in the Costa Rican capital, there are lots of things you can do if you look hard enough. Here are five things you can do in the city without paying a great amount.
1. Tour the Central Market
The Central Market is the main market for exotic fruits and vegetables in San Jose. There’s nothing better than touring this market and just watching Costa Ricans go about their daily lives. There are also a lot of new things for you to discover. Costa Rica alone holds 5 per cent of the world’s biodiversity. Ever had a rambutan? The answer is probably not, and these are the sorts of things you’ll sample at the Central Market.
2. Go on a Hike
San Jose might be a bustling urban centre, but you can quickly get back to nature. Start from the Health Ministry and take the bus to the very last stop. Get out and just walk upwards. Eventually, you’ll find dirt trails and a fantastic view over the Central Valley. You’ll find many walkers around here and lots of isolated estates and farms. It’s worth an afternoon simply for the view!
San Jose is home to Costa Rica’s main museums. The two places everyone should visit are the Children’s Museum, with lots of exhibits you can interact with directly, and the Gold Museum detailing elegant golden figurines from the country’s ancient past. These museums are cheap and are amongst the most time-consuming things to do in San Jose.
4. Simon Bolivar Zoo
It’s amazing how so many visitors miss this neglected zoo out. It’s a zoo with a difference. Granted, it doesn’t have the range of animals you’d expect, but the turtles and the monkeys make it all worthwhile. The zookeepers have paid extra attention to their needs. You can see monkeys swinging through their very own playground, or turtles swimming down a specially made stream for them.
It’s a great way to kill a few hours, and make you feel slightly guilty for missing it out before!
5. Drink in the National Theater
The National Theater was created by the coffee growers of Costa Rica. They wanted to leave behind a legacy which everyone can enjoy. At noon every Tuesday the general public is invited inside to enjoy a cup of coffee made from locally grown beans. Along with your ticket, you’ll be treated to a unique performance by a selected local or foreign artist. It changes every week, so there’s always a reason to keep coming back for more!
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