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The Apollo Guide to San José, Costa Rica

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Is it safe?

San Jose is a safe city visited by millions of foreign tourists every year. The Costa Rican government also provides additional security and policing in major tourist areas to ensure the safety of foreign guests.

Despite these efforts, petty crime remains a threat and this can be mitigated by sensible safety precautions like not flashing expensive items and drinking in moderation. For an up to date assessment check out the latest US State Department Travel Advisory

What are the Current Entry Requirements in Costa Rica?

As of 1 April 2022, Costa Rica removed all additional entry requirements for travelers related to COVID-19.
Travelers only need to have a valid passport and a proof of exit intent, meaning a ticket out of the country, within 90 days.

How do I get there?

Getting into San José:
San José's Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) boasts direct flights from 14 Major International Airports in the United States and 2 in Canada.

From the Airport:
Our partners at OG Center offer free airport pickups. If you opt instead to take a taxi or an Uber into downtown, you can expect to pay approximately $25 USD.

If you need any assistance or have any questions, your patient coordinator will always be available to help you.

Some cool tips you should know


Getting Around

Uber is the best way to get around in San José, Costa Rica. To download the Uber app, you will need to have a smartphone or other device that is compatible with the app. You can then go to the app store on your device (such as the Apple App Store or Google Play Store) and search for "Uber." Select the app from the search results and then follow the on-screen instructions to download and install it.



If you find yourself in a situation where you need to communicate in Spanish, SpanishDict is the best translator out there.

The best way to communicate in Costa Rica is over WhatsApp. Please download the app to your phone before your arrival.


Bundle and Save

San José offers low-cost, high quality procedures made all the more affordable by the low cost of living and a strong US Dollar. Bundling optical services, prescription drug purchases, and procedures will help make your trip all the more worth the visit.


In the Center of it All

San José is the cosmopolitan heart of Costa Rica. Don't miss out on visiting the Costa Rican National Museum for a historical perspective on the country. If you are looking for great food and drinks, don't miss exploring Barrio Escalante! Finally, if you want to enjoy some of Costa Rica's National Beauty, you can visit the cloud forests of Monteverde or the beaches of Jaco.


Pura Vida

Costa Rica has a relaxed culture. You will often hear people saying "pura vida", which translates literally to pure life, and it conveys a sense of being carefree, laid back, and optimistic.

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