Costa Rica is known for its nature, but I found tons to do in the capital city of San Jose as well. After a few dangerous spots in Central America I was San Jose was a great place to get out and explore!
National Museum - offers a great insight into Costa Rica with extensive English translations
National Theater - an immaculate theater rivaling those in Europe
Rainforest - get out and explore the country if you have time!
The official currency is the Costa Rican colón, but I had no problem paying by credit card everywhere I went. Museums accepted US cash and I was able to use credit cards everywhere else.
Uber is available and relatively inexpensive in San Jose. When exploring the heart of the city this can be on foot. Be aware that San Jose has bad traffic throughout the day. I was also able to walk a lot.
I flew COPA from Managua (MGA) to San Jose (SJO). I flew Avianca from San Jose (SJO) to Panama City (PTY).
Many local options are available throughout the city, but there are a wide range of international options as well. I had fantastic Italian for lunch!
PLUGS / ADAPTERS
Costa Rica uses standard U.S. plugs - no adaptor needed!
None for U.S. citizens.
I felt very comfortable in San Jose. The streets are packed with locals but it is a very tourist friendly area overall.
SHOULD YOU VISIT?
Yes! Costa Rica has so much to offer. Whether you want to spend a day or two exploring San Jose or are coming for the forests and the views, there is plenty to see and do! Everyone I met was very friendly and I can't wait to go back. Luckily it's not difficult to get to Costa Rica from the US!