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!

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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.

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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!

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