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We are a couple in our late 40's traveling to Costa Rica for the first time. We will be spending one day/night in San Jose. I have read that many people feel you should skip San Jose, but I want to see the city. Where would you recommend staying that is mid-range in price, decent neighborhood, includes breakfast, internet access and transportaion from the airport? I have been doing some research and saw Rincon del Valle, Hotel Santo Tomas and Hotel Bergerac. Any thoughts?

Second, we would like to do some of the ususal tourist things such as ziplining, volcano, white water rafting, hiking, rain forest, etc. Where would we get an idea on the cost of these activities? Should we use a travel company? Thanks!

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