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The Arenal volcano, near San José
 

San José: a surprisingly cultural capital

Explore the heart of Costa Rica. Book flights to San José and explore contemporary art in the MADC or immerse yourself in El Pueblo’s vibrant nightlife. Admire pre-Columbian jewellery at the Museo del Oro and purchase handmade souvenirs at the Mercado Nacional de Artesanías. The trendy bars of Barrio Escalante serve coffee brewed with beans grown on the nearby coffee plantations. Nature lovers will also be rewarded: enjoy a stroll through La Sabana Metropolitan Park or explore the rainforest, waterfalls and volcanoes outside of the city.

Roasted coffee beans

Did you know that San José is a real coffee town? For centuries, the coffee plantations that surround the city have been growing beans that are brewed into delicious coffee. The wealthy coffee farmers built their urban palaces in the neighbourhood of Barrio Amón. Many historic buildings have been transformed into boutiques and galleries where you can browse for unique souvenirs. For lunch, head to the indoor hall of the Mercado Central. Whilst you’re there, inhale the delicious aroma of herbs and freshly roasted beans. Tasting is allowed! San José is the ideal destination for a city trip and the perfect starting point for a longer holiday in Costa Rica. Expect to be surprised: book a flight to San José now!

Magical volcanic lake

San José offers a myriad of day trips: the city is surrounded by rainforest, mountains and volcanoes. Admire the waterfalls of La Paz, take a canopy tour near Monteverde, or visit the coffee plantations nestled in the hills around the city. Another spectacular outing is the climb to the active volcano Poás: the magical blue lake in the crater and the views over the green rainforest are picture-perfect. Keep your camera ready!

Flights to San José for an unforgettable trip

Looking for a cheap flight to San José? With KLM, your holiday begins the moment you step on board. Your journey will fly by with your own entertainment set on intercontinental flights: free films, games and music. Enjoy our selection of snacks or a tasty dinner and drinks. Add in our many handy extra services (some available for a supplement) and you’ll be in Costa Rica before you know it.

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