San José is where your holiday starts. The city is the capital of Costa Rica and is located in the Central Valley, surrounded by green mountains. It has a compact city center with narrow shopping streets and markets where you can buy almost everything, from exotic fruits and vegetables to bikinis and local rum.
In recent years, many neighbourhoods in the center of the city received a facelift. Nowadays, Barrio Escalante is the place to be for a nice dinner or drink in the evening. Here you find a great variety of nice restaurants and bars, offering local and international cuisine. As well, you can have a great meal at the hotel’s restaurant.
For a perfect start of your trip enjoy the vibrant city life of Costa Rica’s capital San José.
Ecolodge San Jose, AVE DEL PARAÍSO is located in the heart of San Pedro, west of the city center of San José is strategically located near restaurants, bars, and shopping possibilities. This hotel will be a great start of your stay in Costa Rica. Ecolodge San Jose, Ave del Paraiso is a small eco-boutique hotel that offers attentive service and creates a warm atmosphere for its guests. They will do everything in order to let you have an unforgettable stay in the Capital of the PURA VIDA country!
Enjoy a meal in the restaurant made from produce from their own farm or relax at one of the many green areas around the hotel.
Because of their efforts to operate sustainably and environmentally friendly, they are part of our Green Circle Member hotels.
Ave del Paraiso is an Eco-friendly hotel, and the Polish/Costa Rican Family that founded it strives to operate as sustainably as possible. For example, they have a recycling system, low-energy lights, biodegradable soap and laundry products, a compost system, and they dry the laundry in the sun.
Furthermore, they have their own farm where they produce the organic food they use for the meals in their restaurant. Even the eggs for your omelet come from their own farm. Other produce they source locally from environmentally friendly suppliers.
Because of these efforts to operate sustainably and environmentally friendly, we are happy they are one of our Green Circle Member hotels.
In the city center you can admire a few historic buildings, including the Teatro Nacional build in 1928, and the national post office from 1917. There are also several museums and nice parks to sit and relax and enjoy the busy street life. Of course, you can explore the city center by yourself, but there’s also a free city tour that departs from the Teatro Nacional every day (except Sundays) at 10.00 am.
If you want to escape the busy streets in the city centre, you can go to La Sabana park. Especially during the weekends, local families gather here to relax, play and eat/drink together.
From San Jose, you can book various nice day trips. For example visit the Irazú volcano, at 3400 meters the highest volcano in Costa Rica with a beautiful blue-green crater lake. If you want to know more about cacao or coffee, you can go on a nice guided excursion. Exploring the Orosi valley and the town of Cachi are other options.
You can also drive about an hour and a half through beautiful scenery in the direction of Poas volcano. On your way, it is possible to do an interesting coffee tour at one of the oldest coffee producers in Costa Rica, Doka.
When the weather permits, you can visit Poas Volcano. A little further, you will find the La Paz waterfall gardens. These gardens with impressive waterfalls, a butterfly garden, bird garden, snake garden, and a humming garden are really worth a visit. These day trips can be done with your own rental car, you can also combine them in an organized day tour including transport and lunch.
We only stayed one night at hotel Ave del Paraiso. We got a good nights rest. We loved the friendly ambiance and garden. Close to shops and restaurants as well.
I stayed here with my wife and two kids. We arrived late but slept great. The next morning we did some exploring, everything was close by. There is even a shopping mall, great for people like us who forget their sandals at home.
We decided to stay 2 nights in San Jose to be able to get a good rest and explore the city. Hotel Ave del Paraiso is a great startingpoint. Even though the city is quite busy, inside the hotel you don’t feel that. As well, loved the meals! They told us they grow most of the vegetables themselves.
The family-owned restaurant Freddo’s Fresas is an institute in the area. Costa Rican family’s love to have lunch at this famous place, and we do too.
We recommend you to order a Casado (rice and bean dish with either beef, pork, or chicken) with a batido de fresa (strawberry milkshake). After your meal, I recommend you to cross the street. Once the family home stood here, but the earthquake of 2009 destroyed it. They decided to replace it with a hummingbird garden, so you can enjoy these marvellous colourfull creatures.