Whether you're volunteering abroad in Costa Rica or traveling the globe in search of all the LDS temples, you're gonna have to make a pitstop at the San Jose, Costa Rica Temple! There are a few things you're going to need to know before you go, including how to get there.
Many people don't realize what great opportunities for LDS volunteers come from serving abroad with ILP. Not only are a majority of ILP volunteers members (so you'll always have church buddies within your ILP group) to make you feel right at home, you will also be able to attend LDS institute, church and temples -- and nothing builds faith faster than attending church in a foreign country!
By the way, did you know that you can TEXT an ILP representative all your questions? That's right...no phone call needed!
The Costa Rica temple is absolutely gorgeous and stands right in the heart of San Jose, the country's capital. It was the 87th LDS temple built and was completed in 2000. As if the temple wasn't stunning enough on it's own, the two acre temple grounds around it make it even more beautiful.
What's better than spending a relaxing day sitting on the temple grounds, enjoying some peace and quiet? Nothing! The bright colored flowers, lush greenery and palm trees bring it to a whole other level! Now onto the big question...
How to get to the San Jose, CR Temple
- Take the bus
- Grab a taxi
- Get an Uber
Take the bus
You are bound to be taking a lot of buses while you're volunteering in Central America, so get comfortable with it. There are a couple of different apps that can help you get around -- MOOVIT app (I already got you started -- just plug in your starting location) and Off The Grid Traveler.
Both apps will walk you through the whole journey. You can either look up your route and screenshot it when you have WiFi or keep the app opened as you travel. Keep in mind that the latter option does require some data (it will refresh your route if an obstacle comes up). This international phone plan through T-Mobile is very affordable and something you may want to consider!
Taking a bus will be slowest option because they will make other stops along with the way, however, it is the cheapest for all you who have to travel on a budget!
Grab a taxi
Taxis are always an option, but I suggest it be your last option because they tend to be the most expensive (taxis will charge foreigners more, so be super careful). Make sure you know the rate and how to tell them to turn the meter on in Spanish!
If you're in a pinch and have to take a taxi, have this address and a picture of the temple handy to show them:
Metros Oeste de 600, Heredia, Belén, 40702, Costa Rica
The taxis are very easy to spot (they're red with a yellow triangle on the door) and available all day and night. You can hail one on a busy street or use the Easy Taxi app (there's an app for everything nowadays, right?). Again, make sure they turn their meter on!!
Get an Uber
Did you know that Uber and Lyft were a thing outside of the US?
Getting an Uber is, in my opinion, the best way to go and locals will tell you the same. It's faster (you won't have any extra stops like a bus) and you won't get ripped off (like you might with a taxi). For any Uber newbies out there, you just have to download the Uber app -- which looks like this.
Getting an Uber is great because you can put in your destination and you won't need to show the driver anything else (they have their own GPS systems BTW). Before they even get to your door, you have already agreed upon a price, so there is no risk of them trying to raise the prices on you.
Getting an Uber is great as well because it's a lot more comfortable than a bus and you can split the cost between you and your friends.
Volunteering for a semester in Costa Rica will no doubt be one of the best decisions you will make! Besides visiting the temple, you'll get to hang out with sloths, visit volcanos and teach the cutest kids in the world. Click below for more info!