I’ve been in San Jose downtown for two days, chilling at my Costa Rica hotels. In these two days, I’ve been trying to be active and visit some touristic spots. I went to the Central Market, the National Theater and INBioparque, perfect places for a Costa Rica family vacations. I know that there are many places that I’m missing, but soon I have to pick up some friends at the airport and we are heading to the Pacific, where I know we will find more Costa Rica travel adventure.
Last night I decided to be social and tasted some of the nightlife in San Jose. Even though it is a small city, compared to the major and even mid-cities in the States or Europe, it has a vibrant day and night routine, with thousands of people going through the city during the day. At night, it is quieter, but you can find restaurants, theaters and clubs everywhere.
A popular touristic night spot is El Pueblo, a commercial outdoor complex with restaurants and clubs. Some clubs are thematic, like a reggae-roots music bar, or a tropical music bar, or an irish pub. You will find a place that you like, and there’s also a big disco across the street. To get to El Pueblo, you can take a cab, it will cost you a few dollars, and it’s the safest way to go. When leaving the complex, use a cab, they stand in line outside of the place.
Our taxi driver took us to the downtown again, headed to Barrio La California, a commercial neighborhood downtown with restaurants and bars across several blocks. This is more of a college pub scene, with mostly young audience and vibrant music. Electronic and rock music are the most common, with some places staying open until dawn. On the way to La California, we saw several casinos and night clubs in San Jose, which I’ll visit the next time I’m here.
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