By now you have arrived in Costa Rica and are situated in your new lifestyle. Classes don’t begin for a few days and your orientation meetings have come to a close. Are you anxious to see the city? If so, then you are more than ready to explore San Jose!
If you are looking for something fun to do during the day, I highly recommend walking downtown to El Mercado de Artesanías on Avenida Segunda. It is a unique stretch of vendors and stalls where you can find Costa Rican jewelry, clothing, hammocks, t-shirts, coffee, cookware, etc. It is the perfect place to pick up a few souvenirs for your family and practice your Spanish with the local ticos. Most of the vendors speak English, but they love conversing in Spanish with students.
I also recommend visiting the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, which is right next to the market. Admission is inexpensive and it is a great way to experience some of the culture and history of Costa Rica.
If you are ready to experience some of the San Jose nightlife then I highly recommend El Cuartel de La Boca del Monte located at Avenida 1 and Calles 21/23. El Cuartel has live music on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays! It is perfect for your first night out in San Jose; everything is friendly, the band is bumping and the music is great!