Best area to stay in San José de Costa Rica
The vast majority of tourists who stay in San José choose the city due to its easy access to other parts of Costa Rica where you can experience amazingly beautiful nature and scenery. The city of San José is not particularly beautiful in itself and it does unfortunately have some unsafe areas. So if you are looking for a place to stay that is near to the airport as well as the city and that is also safe, we would recommend staying in either Cariari Ciudad or the San Antonio de Belén area.
It is a pretty and safe area, with easy and quick access to the city centre, as well as being just 15 minutes from the airport. The area also boasts a shopping centre with ample restaurants which are perfect for lunchtime. On the outskirts you will find a golf course filled with trees, gardens and lakes which creates very lovely natural surroundings.
Another recommended area to stay in is the Escazú area. This is where San José´s rich and affluent live and is a pleasant and safe place to stay, although it does have limited accommodation options.