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mommacl Jun 17th, 2011 05:16 AM

San Jose Itinerary
What cha think ?
Day 1- Arrive - transport to Alta Hotel
Lunch at Alta
Arrange for tour of City
Day 2- Combo tour La Paz/Doka Coffee/Poas
Dinner at Alta

volcanogirl Jun 17th, 2011 05:27 AM

I definitely like Day 2. San Jose isn't a very attractive city, kind of big with a lot of bars on the windows, etc. I guess you'd be touring the museums and Central Market on Day 1?

mommacl Jun 17th, 2011 06:10 AM

I don't know. Just thought I'd find a city tour when we get in. Any other suggestions welcome. Thanks. Oh! We arrive around we have 1/2 day to fill.

colibri Jun 17th, 2011 07:22 AM

Go to Poas early for best chance of seeing the crater. Even when it's a clear, beautiful day below the park clouds roll in at the top. It's still a great place for seeing the higher altitude landscape and plants.

I'm one of the few that is not a La Paz fan, thought it was too manicured/artifical, prefer nature in a more "natural" setting. You can only see 3 of the waterfalls now since the trails to the other 2 haven't been repaired from the earthquake. Our lunch was probably the worst food I've had in four trips to the country. I was happy we just did a day trip there and didn't spend money to stay, but most people love it.

For San Jose itself - Gold Museum is interesting, also enjoyed Costa Rica National museum on my last visit. There was a small crafts market next to it, but it was going to be moving in future.

I had dinner one night at the Alta Hotel w/ friends from Heredia, food was good, view of the city at night was beautiful. It seemed like it was pretty isolated, definitely not in walking distance to anything.

hipvirgochick Jun 17th, 2011 07:57 AM

Poas has been having some activity lately (gurgling and whatnot). I think most tours do go there first, and early, but do look into that and try to choose a tour that gets you there early as possible. Most people seem to enjoy the museums and market mentioned above in the City. It can be gritty but still worth spending some time there if just to "see it". I'll be staying at Hotel Alta for the first time mid-July (usually stay at Orquideas Inn and then somewhere downtown, depending on my itinerary) so if I get back before you leave I will report back and let you know how it is. :-) There's a new serpentarium or something like that nearby so I might check that out.

volcanogirl Jun 17th, 2011 09:31 AM

We did a tour similar to your day two and really enjoyed it. We got to Poas pretty early, but it was still clouded over. We lingered around, and the clouds actually lifted and parted, and we got a great view. Not sure how common that is. The crowd cheered when it happened! There's also a pretty lake there that you can visit. Love Doka and La Paz too. They have handfeeding of the hummingbirds at La Paz at certain times of day. If you can be there then, it's pretty neat. They will come land on your hand and drink nectar from a little tube. They have about 25 varieties of hummingbirds there. There's also an aviary you can walk through and a butterfly house and ranarium. The waterfalls are very pretty. It can get cool up in that area, so you may want to pack a light jacket. We actually wore fleece up at Poas. In addition to the museums mentioned up above, some people seem to enjoy the Jade Museum and the National Theater.

LindainOhio Jun 20th, 2011 04:28 AM

I have not stayed at Alta but it is considered a luxury hotel so it might be nice to relax and just enjoy the resort. It seems a shame to stay at what looks like such a beautiful place and not take advantage of some of the amenities.

We also arrived in San Jose at noon (but had to get up at 3AM to catch our flight)and totally enjoyed spending the afternoon at the Xandari, which has wonderful gardens, trails pools, nice restaurant.

hipvirgochick Jun 20th, 2011 09:29 AM

If you haven't made your res'v yet for Alta Hotel check out I booked a sweet deal a while back for $113/n.

patrigringo Jun 24th, 2011 11:17 AM

Why is it that everyone now interested in the Doka tour?

tully Jun 24th, 2011 11:36 AM

People have been asking about/going to the Doka Estate tour for years, I don't think anything has changed.

Am staying at the Alta this coming Sunday, will post later my thoughts on the place.

volcanogirl Jun 24th, 2011 01:41 PM

Agree with tully; the Doka tour has been popular for years. We really enjoyed it.

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