Day 1: Arrive in San José

We are going to Costa Rica! Arriving in the afternoon we still have a few hours to explore San José  despite the rain.

We lie awake anxious to escape the Pittsburgh snow hours before our 2:30am alarm. 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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San Jose

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Unable to explore San José today due to the rain, we ask the front desk for a recommendation to have a drink. We walk down the street along a busy highway from our hotel to Sus Amigos Beach Club. 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
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Sus Amigos Beach Club, San José

In search of food, we walk across the street to Bar Rio. Our chicken wings and bucket of Imperials arrive with 3 shots of Chili Guaro (Tabasco, salt, lime, tomato juice, and Guaro Cacique). Cheers!

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Bar Rio, San José

As 6:00pm approaches, we finish our Imperials and return to our hotel to meet the rest of our G Adventures group and our CEO, Pam.

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

* 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