Right now, the city of San Jose is just starting to get back to its usual routine after a fun filled holiday season. The kids are still out of school in Costa Rica and many parents remain on vacation. This leaves parents with the dilemma of keeping the family occupied in a cheap and inexpensive manner.
Sure you could take the kids out to see the latest movie, take them out to restaurant in Costa Rica or even for a sightseeing tour of a museum but these trips only last for a few hours leaving everyone with many spare hours for the rest of the day.
So why not take them on a one day trip that will bring loads of fun for the whole family for the entire day at an affordable price?So here are some of most affordable one day trip in Costa Rica that will keep your family entertained and create beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.
One Day Trip to Jaco Beach, Costa Rica
Jaco Beach is one of the closest beach to San Jose and is only a 2 hour ride from San Jose. It is only 98.2 kilometers away and they are buses that go to Jaco Beach every 2 hours from 7:00am to 7pm from Monday to Thursday and almost every hour from Friday to Sunday.
The buses that take you to Jaco Beach, Costa Rica from San Jose are located in Downtown San Jose at the 7-10 terminal which is located on Calle 8.
The cost of a bus ticket to Jaco Beach only costs ₡2.500 and are available for purchase on the second floor of the terminal and to buy a bus ticket to other destinations you need to buy your ticket on the third floor.
Once you get to Jaco Beach, you can just relax the entire day getting a tan. Once you get hungry, you can either bring your own food for lunch or enjoy a cheap meal at one of the many affordable sodas in Jaco Beach.
Once you are ready to go back to San Jose, you will find several places that will let you use their shower facilities to clean up and change before the bus ride home to San Jose. While you are there, you may want to consider looking at some real estate in Costa Rica because Jaco is a booming beach town that is full of real estate opportunities in Costa Rica.
Enjoy the Hot Springs of Arenal in La Fortuna, Costa Rica
This day trip to La Fortuna, Costa Rica will take you longer then going to Jaco Beach but the rewards are worth it.
The best deal for the budget conscious person are the Termalitas del Arenal which gives you access to several different pools at different temperatures for only ₡4.000. For a little extra you can even get rent your own rancho that comes with a table, bench and an electric plug so you can prepare your lunch or dinner. In addition, it even allows you to grill outdoor.
For those who want to go all out, they can simply buy their food from the soda or even buy alcohol at the bar. Just don’t forget to bring the sunscreen to protect yourself against the sun!
Termalitas del Arenal in Costa Rica
Address: 142, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Phone:+506 4401 0480
One Day Trip to Tortuga Island in the Gulf of Nicoya
If you want to get away from the city and go somewhere that has white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, tropical fish and unspoiled natural beauty then a one day trip to the famous Tortuga Island is perfect for you and your family.
The great thing about visiting Tortuga Island is that it offers a variety of activities that include snorkeling, kayaking and fishing.
Getting to Tortuga Island is fairly easy as you just need to take a bus to Puntarenas which is only a 1.5 to 2 hour ride. Once you are there, they are several charter boats that go there every day which is a mere 10-15 minute ride by boat.
They are also several tour agencies that can make your day trip even better with a full schedule of activities such as Calypso Tour which provides a full service tour at $145 per person which include transportation from and to San Jose, Costa Rica. In addition, they also provide breakfast, lunch and drinks.
If you are not looking for a full tour, then they are several alternatives ranging from $5 to $25 to get to Tortuga Island from Puntarenas. The price will depend on what you are looking for!