Happy Valentine's Day!
San Jose Travel Blog› entry 2 of 7 › view all entries
In Miami, I had no problems changing planes and getting to my gate on time considering I had a 3 hour layover. I'm still debating on if I like red-eye flights or not. I like getting to the place early but I never feel rested when I do get there. It is a great excuse to try their coffee though =) The flight to San Jose, Costa Rica was only about 2 hours from Miami, which was good considering how my excitement to start the actual vacation and be in a different place was growing! The looming immigration and customs lines were not highly anticipated. Overall, I didn't have a bad experience with it at all. The lines went quickly and I had no problems.
Now, to try and find my way to the hostel, Gaudy's Backpackers.
My friend, Atiba, wasn't at the hostel at that time but was actually around the corner at the school he had gone to. He came back to the hostel shortly and I was able to get settled in our room. The hostel was nice. It had a welcoming commons area, internet access, and a unique air about it in the middle of the city.
We were hungry and decided to go to a mexican restaurant where I had chicken fajitas and this great fruit juice! Atiba always tried to order ceviche and bruschetta since those were his favorites. The ceviche was delicious! It was very nice atmosphere and we ended up meeting two people from Phoenix, AZ area! How crazy is that? It ended up they were going to the same area and invited us to drive with them instead of taking a tour bus.
Back to the hostel to get some zzzzzz's =) We woke up from the nap and decided on an Italian restaurant. It was Valentine's day and it was a small intimate setting. Both the mexican and italian restaurants were within 3 blocks of the hostel. The Italian restaurant had 3 meal choices that all included an appetizer, entree, dessert and bottle of wine! I just knew I was going to eat well on this trip=) There was also a piano player that took requests and played very well.
After the restaurant it was time to check out the nightlife in San Jose. Since Atiba had been there for a month going to school, he had met a few trusted people. Jose Loco, as Atiba called him, picked us up from the hostel and we went to a nice club, Prive. We were given a wrist band that allowed us to get free drinks until 1am. There were flare bartenders that set a fire on the bar and juggled flaming bottles. It was very entertaining. The music was a mix of reggaeton and American hip-hop. I didn't last too long here between the all day traveling, drinking and dancing. It was a fabulous first day of vacation!