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San José boasts beautiful year-round weather with a refreshing breeze. Situated in the Central Valley region between volcanoes and the Talamanca Mountains, this small capital city is a wealth of culture with historical roots that reach deep into the pre-Columbian era. Discover a maze of museums and art galleries along the sprawling streets or escape on an invigorating eco-tour through the jungle.
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Plaza de la Cultura
Visited by thousands of people each day, this famous plaza is one of the prime locations in San Jose for people watching and soaking up the culture of San José. This small city square is equipped with benches, fountains and a few shade trees. It’s the place to find celebrations, demonstrations, and performances put on by local groups and students.
Shopping in San Jose
If you’re looking for indigenous artisan crafts in Costa Rica, you’ll want to visit the National Artisans Market or keep an eye out for oxcarts and indigenous masks, but the best shopping deal of native Costa Rican goods is the coffee. Costa Rican coffee is the largest export business in the country, it makes a great gift and is one of the few, true local products you’ll find in San José.
San Jose, Costa Rica Night Life
Dance the night away at any one of the numerous options for chic clubs, exciting bars, or relaxed cigar rooms. Choose the laid-back atmosphere of a bohemian bar in San Pedro or enjoy the touristic appeal of Gringo Gulch. Just a short jaunt out of San José will take you to some of the more upscale clubs in the area. Whatever your fancy, you’ll find it in San José.
Art Museums in San José
From modern, contemporary art to native artifacts, San José has art museum to please every discerning eye. Visit the National Gallery of Contemporary Art and Design for an emphasis on modern artistic trends in Costa Rican design and architecture. Or stroll down to the Jade Museum or the Gold Museum which house the world’s largest collection of pre-Hispanic jade and gold, respectively, dating back earlier than 500BC.
Outdoor Activities in San José Costa Rica
Costa Rica is overflowing with activities for travelers who want to get outdoors and see it all. Costa Rica has volcanoes to hike, hot springs for relaxation, zip lines to take in the aerial views of this beautiful country as well as an abundance of hiking tours. Costa Rica is a dream destination for seeing the great outdoors.
Must-See Attractions in San José
If you’re looking for fun, look no further than the intriguing zoos with exotic animals or adrenaline-pumping theme parks fully-loaded with thrilling rides and adventures. These attractions will bring out the child in you, and they’re especially fun when traveling with children. Visit the Museo de los Niños to see fully-interactive and hands-on technological, scientific and cultural exhibits just for kids!
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