A Rainy Day in San José

Day 1: Arrive in San José

Planning to arrive in San José as early as possible, we booked a 6:05am flight out of Pittsburgh International Airport. After a short layover at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, we arrive in San José International Airport at 12:30pm. Exiting the airport into torrential rain, I hand an index card with our hotel name and address to a taxi driver.

Traveling Gingerbread Tip: Cost comparing with other group members, we learned taking an Uber from the airport was cheaper than a taxi.

The streets are filled with a variety of art, murals, and graffiti during our tense forty-five minute ride weaving through traffic to Boutique Hotel Casa Orquideas.

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Boutique Hotel Casa Orquideas, San José
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Boutique Hotel Casa Orquideas, San José

Unable to explore San José today due to the rain, we ask the front desk for a recommendation to have a drink.

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Sus Amigos Beach Club, San José

The sandy ground and colorful island décor is just what we need. We order a couple Imperials and Rock Limóns, tasting like a salty Bud Light Lime. To celebrate the beginning of our adventure in Costa Rica, I order a round of tequila shots that unknowingly cost as much as our taxi ride from the airport.

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Sus Amigos Beach Club, San José

Across the street is Bar Rio. Our bucket of Imperials arrive with 3 shots of Chili Guaro (Tabasco, salt, lime, tomato juice, and Guaro Cacique). Cheers!

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Shots of Chili Guaro at Bar Rio, San José

Across the street is Bar Rio. Our bucket of Imperials arrive with 3 shots of Chili Guaro (Tabasco, salt, lime, tomato juice, and Guaro Cacique). Cheers!

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We visit a local cafe, or soda, for a traditional Costa Rican dinner.

As 6:00pm approaches, wereturn to our hotel to meet the rest of our G Adventures group and tomorrow our adventure begins.


* For more information on our tour check out: G Adventures Costa Rica on a Shoestring.

  1. Day 1: Fly into San José
  2. Day 2: San José travel to La Fortuna
  3. Day 3: La Fortuna
  4. Day 4: La Fortuna travel to Montezuma
  5. Day 5: Montezuma
  6. Day 6: Montezuma
  7. Day 7: Montezuma travel to San José
  8. Day 8: Fly out of San José

April 2018

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Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

My fiancé, Mitch, and I have been traveling together over four years. Living and working full time in Pittsburgh, PA, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. Each adventure is packed with activities, tours, and experiences to maximize our time. As craft beer lovers, we always try to fit in a visit to a local brewery. 
In Tokyo, we laughed every time we saw someone talking on their large, animated phone case. We had to buy one. Having an obsolete IPhone 5, the selection was limited. We purchased Gingy off a neglected rack in Shinjuku, Tokyo and The Traveling Gingerbread was born. You can purchase your own adorable gingerbread friend here! 
The Traveling Gingerbread is an entertaining account of our travels, fun facts, and tips we learned along the way.


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