With some terrific day trip options available in the surrounding area, renting a car makes good sense. Without one, it’d be much harder to soak up all that San Jose, 20 miles away, has to offer. Among your first stops here ought to be Costa Rica National Stadium, Sabana Park and Morazan Park. Don’t skip Puntarenas either! Just 30 miles away, Puntarenas Beach, Victoria Park and Mata de Limón are essential stops here.