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Where to eat nearby

If you don't want to go out, a great option is using Uber Eats, PedidosYa or Rappi - the main food delivery apps. They have lots of options.

Places within walking distance:

- Rinconcito Cusqueño (Peruvian. 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM).

- Sabana's Place & House Pizza (Local food,"soda", also pizzas. 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM)

- Tico Sabor (Local food,"soda". 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM)

- Chasky Food (Local food, "soda". 6:30 AM to 4:30 PM)

- La Parrillita de Pepe (Colombian, latin. 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM).

- Tito's Corner (Local Caribbean food. 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM)

- Sheriff's House Sabana (Grill, steak & Bbq. 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

- Pho Yummy - (Vietnamese. 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM)

- Moro Street Food (Tacos, bowls, burgers. 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM).

- Dulce Pecado - (Local food, "soda", coffee. 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM)

- O'Libano (Lebanese. 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM)

- Chubbs (Sports Bar, appetizers. 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM)

- Soda Gloriana - (Local food, "soda". 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM)

- Good Life Protein Bar - (Smoothies, healthy, vegetarian. 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM)

- La Fabbrica (Wood-oven pizzas and italian food. 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM)

- Republica Casa Cervecera (Gastropub. 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM)

Spoon (Local food, pastries and desserts. 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM).

- Soda Tapia (Local food. 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM)

- Huaraches (Mexican. 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM)

- La Princesa Marina (Seafood and local. 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM)

- Pops (Ice cream and desserts. 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM).

- La Tacopedia (Mexican. 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM)

- Fast food nearby: Subway, Taco Bell, McDonalds, Starbucks, KFC


Where to buy stuff

There's a grocery store/convenience store called AMPM. They also sell prepared meals, fruits and vegetables. You can also find an ATM here. 

They're open from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

If you're looking for a bigger supermarket you can go to Mas X Menos or Supermercado Avenida 10. Those are about 20-25 minutes walking distance, or a 5 minute ride with Uber or taxi.


SIM Cards

We currently sell Liberty SIM cards for $15 USD, they are already activated with a phone number and a plan that includes unlimited social media, 2GB and 45 min of local phone calls, plan is valid for up to 2 weeks but you can renew it for only 4500 colones.

Also, in San José downtown you'll find official stores for all three carriers: Kolbi, Claro and Movistar.





If you need to print documents or take out photocopies, you can go to Sabana Copias.

They're open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and closed on Sundays. 

Where to print documents

Where to get a COVID test

Laboratorio Dacdoi

ou can book online on their websiteLocated just a couple blocks from the hostel, 5 minutes walking distance. No appointment is required. Open from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM on weekdays, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturdays, and Sundays they are closed.


Clinica Bíblica

You can book online on their website clicking here. However they take walk ins, appointment is not required and they are open 24/7. 

Nearest location: 

San José - Sede Central

Laboratorio Echandi
You can book online on their website clicking here or through their WhatsApp number at: +(506) 6223-2290

Nearest locations:

Rohrmoser, Mediplaza or Escazu

Laboratorio San Jose
WhatsApp number for booking your test appointment: +(506) 6063-6363

Nearest locations:

Rohrmoser, Sabana or Trejos Montealegre

Laboratorio Labin
WhatsApp number for booking test: +(506) 8933-0707

Nearest locations:

Rohrmoser or Escazu


What to visit in San José downtown

Get to San Jose Downtown easily taking the "Sabana-Estadio" local bus here. You can get off here at the last stop, it's right in front of the National Theater.

- Central Market

- Cathedral/Parque Central

- National Theater

- National Museum

- Jade Museum

- Gold Museum

- Post Office Building

- Central Bank

- Parque Morazan/Parque España

- Contemporary Art & Design Museum

- Parque Nacional/Biblioteca Nacional

- Casa Amarilla

- Estación Atlántico

- Antigua Aduana

- La California neighborhood

- Barrio Escalante neighborhood

There's also a San José Free Walking Tour which we highly recommend doing.

It takes about 3 hours, it's free (tip based), and you get tons of awesome recommendations walking with locals. Booking is required, you can find all the details here:

or this other company:

Bus Schedules

It's recommended to be at the bus station at least 45 minutes before depature. Bus schedules constantly change due to passenger demand and seasons. We try to keep this information up to date but there could be last minute changes. 

Jacó - 7:00, 9:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 18:00 - Terminal 7-10 

You can purchase your ticket here

or here

La Fortuna - 8:40 AM - Terminal 7-10.

This is the only direct bus, but you can also get to La Fortuna through Ciudad Quesada. Buses to Quesada leave every hour from same Terminal 7-10, and in Quesada you can take a connection to La Fortuna from the same terminal you arrive at. 

Puerto Viejo/Cahuita/Manzanillo/Sixaola border - 6:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00 - Terminal MEPE

Manuel Antonio - 6:00, 9:00, 10:30, 12:00, 13:15, 14:30, 18:00 - Terminal Tracopa

Santa Teresa/Montezuma/Malpais - 6:00 AM & 14:30 (Mon-Sat), 15:00 Sundays - Terminal 7-10.

You can purchase your ticket here. (destination will say Cobano, this is correct, it's the nearest town)

**Make sure to double check on the link above if the afternoon bus is running on your selected date, usually on low season the afternoon bus does not run daily.

***If you miss the direct bus: you can also make it to Santa Teresa by taking the bus to Puntarenas (leaves from Terminal Empresarios Unidos, every hour). In Puntarenas take the Ferry to Paquera (check Ferry schedules here). In Paquera take the bus to Santa Teresa/Montezuma/Cobano.

Tamarindo - 8:30, 11:30, 15:30 - Transporte Inteligente Guanacaste. 

You can buy your ticket here.

Monteverde - 6:30 (only on Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon) and 14:30 (everyday) - Terminal 7-10.

You can purchase your ticket here

or here

Tortuguero - Take 9:00 AM bus from Gran Terminal del Caribe to Cariari. In Cariari, take the 11:00 AM bus to La Pavona. At La Pavona, take the next boat available.

You can also book a semi-private shuttle to Tortuguero with Exploradores Outdoors by clicking here

Penas Blancas (Nicaragua border) - 4:00 AM, 6:00 AM & 10:00 AM - Terminal del Caribe

You can purchase your ticket here

Samara only - 12:00 PM (noon) - Terminal 7-10

You can purchase your ticket here

Samara/Nosara- 10:00, 13:30 - Terminal 7-10

You can purchase your ticket here

**The times for this bus constantly change, please check schedules on link above.

Drake Bay/Corcovado - Take 8:00 AM bus to Sierpe. In Sierpe take the next boat available to Drake Bay. Terminal Tracopa

Dominical/Uvita/Bahía Ballena - 6:30, 8:30, 10:15, 11:00, 12:15,13:00. Terminal Tracopa

Puerto Jimenez - 12:00 pm - Terminal MEPE

You can buy your ticket here

Liberia - 6:00, 7:15, 9:00, 10:30, 12:00, 13:00. Terminal Pulmitan

Playas del Coco/Playa Hermosa Guanacaste - 8:00 AM & 16:00. Terminal Pulmitan

Nicoya - 6:00 AM, 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 5:00 PM - Terminal 7-10.

You can purchase your ticket here

San Isidro del General, Perez Zeledon - 5:30, 7:30, 9:30, 11:30, 13:30. Terminal MUSOC

You can purchase your ticket here

Irazu Volcano - 8:00 AM In front of National Theatre.

Nicaragua with Ticabus - Check availability and buy your ticket online here

Nicaragua with NicaExpreso - Check availability and buy your ticket online here

Nicaragua with CentralLine - Check availability and buy your tickets online here

Nicaragua with NicaBus - Check availability and buy your ticket online here

The following website has very useful information regarding other bus routes and connections:


Need any other route? Let us know!

*Frequencies on some routes may be subject to changes due to the reduced volume of travellers during the pandemic.


Shuttles are more expensive than the public buses, but they offer hotel to hotel service, so they pick you up here and drop you off at the place of your choice. 

For the most comfortable experience and top notch service when traveling to Puerto Viejo, we recommend My Pink Bus

They offer extra space, inclining seats, complimentary beverage, pillow, enough luggage space, and onboard wifi. You can click on the link above to book online directly. 

For the shuttles to Santa Teresa or Montezuma, check Transporzuma Shuttles, you can book online on their website here.

For any other route from San José, check out Interbus or Caribe Shuttle


Dinner & Nightlife

Don't miss out on La California and Barrio Escalante areas and explore the huge variety of restaurants, bars and pubs while walking around the neighborhoods.

- Selvática

- Amor de Barrio

- Mercado La California

- Jardín de Lolita

- Calle 33

- Agüizotes

- Wilk 

- Casa Rojas

- Neon Ice

- Costa Rica Beer Factory

These are some suggestions, but it's best to walk around these areas and decide based on the atmosphere as it might change from day to day.

Bus Schedules
Bus Schedules
Food Nearby
Visit SJ
SIM Cards
Print Docs

Where to eat in San José downtown

Looking for a good coffee? Check these places out:

- Café La Mancha. Located inside a landmark building (edificio Steinvorth), they share this beatiful space with Calle Cimarrona local brewery too. 

- Alma de Café. Located inside the National Theater. You can also check out the theater's guided tours.

- Cafeoteca. Located inside Kalú restaurant in Barrio Escalante.

- Franco Restaurante. Located in Barrio Escalante.

- Momo CaféLocated closer from us, on your way to San José downtown. 

Don't miss out eating at the central market. Also, anything that has "Soda"on their name is usually an indicator of great and cheap local food :)

*Saturdays only: Visit Feria Verde, an organic farmer's market with laid back atmosphere and great options for breakfast. They are only open from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Airport Transfer

We can arrange a safe private taxi for your airport pick up or drop off, the ride is $30 USD (1-4 people).


Laundry Service

We have same day laundry service for $10 USD per load, includes wash & dry.

Leave us a bag with your things and we'll take care of it.

**We cannot wash shoes, sorry!


One Day Tours

We'll  be happy to help you booking tours or with any further doubt. You can also check directly the main tour operators we usually work with:

Destiny Travel

Expediciones Tropicales

Rafting: Exploradores Outdoors

Tortuguero: Jungle Tom Safaris


Let us know which tour you're interested in and we'll arrange it for you.

One Day Tours
Aiport Transfers
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