San Jose © Artura Sotillo
San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, loses many
tourists to the beauty of the country's jungles and beaches. But
those who venture to the urban heart of Costa Rica will find a
lively city of more than 300,000 people that offers the best
selection of shops, restaurants and nightlife in Costa Rica.
San Jose is a modern city, but tourists will want to
head to pretty areas like Barrio Amon and the bustling Mercado
Central for a sense of the city's culture and history. A number of
museums dedicated to gold mining, pre-Colombian jade, contemporary
art, and insects will teach visitors of all ages about Central
America, and the large selection of restaurants serving delicious
local cuisine will give you the energy to see them all.
Although there are plenty of things to see and do in
San Jose, the city's location in the middle of the country makes it
ideally situated as a base to explore the natural attractions of
central Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio National Park, Fortuna, and the
Tilarán Mountain Range are all within three to four hours
drive of the city. Public transport in Costa Rica also uses San
Jose as a hub, making it a convenient stop on any holiday.
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