Sights & Landmarks in San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose is the seat of the Costa Rican political government. It is also the center of the country's commercial and cultural life. It is located in the heart of Gran Area Metropolitana (or GAM) in the highlands of the Central Valley of Costa Rica. Around it are magnificent green mountains and valleys.

The city has a relatively warm climate with temperatures usually staying from 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, at certain times of the year, some tourists appreciate the time it provides from the cold climate of the temperate countries. The southern parts of San Jose extend into the rural and rainforest that Costa Rica is known for. These are Talamanca mountain ranges.

You can find the airport, embassies from other countries, museums, hotels, restaurants, large and small businesses and the Universidad de Costa Rica in the City of San Jose.

San Jose has some of the more scenic and magnificent trails and sights around. First, the very interesting Museo Oro Precolombino (Gold Museum) contains more than 1,600 pieces of gold artifacts, dating back to around 500 AD. to 1500 AD.

The Poas Volcano and the Botos Lagoon, which is part of the National Park, are very close to San Jose. It is an active volcano with dense forest around the crater, making the area one of the most visited places in the country.

The Insect Museum inside the Universidad de Costa Rica contains a comprehensive collection of exotic bugs and insects. The guided tour here turns out to be a short but fruitful learning trip.

Theater lovers think the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica (National Theater of Costa Rica), the Cathedral and the Melico Salazar Theater are very interesting. These are the regular venues for cultural presentations that depict both the ancient and modern cultures of Costa Rica. Here various presentations such as concerts, operas, cultural presentations and the like are held.

Nature lovers can look forward to going to the Lankester Botanical Gardens, located on the outskirts of San José. Take your family to Pueblo Antigo, the famous theme park in town. There are also other museums modeled after 19th century San José and those housed in a massive complex called the Parque de Diversiones de Costa Rica. Likewise, in the northern part of the city there is a community called Barrio Amon, which is the location of old and historic buildings that have architectural significance for the country.

Tourists who love the nightlife will also enjoy the many bars, clubs and restaurants located in El Pueblo's picturesque cobbled streets. These are also within walking distance of hotels and resorts. Nightlife can last from 5 p.m. 9 in the evening for the small morning hours.

Foreigners should never miss the local coffee served in a typical Costa Rican way. This can be bought in some coffee shops along the center.

There are several hotels in San Jose that can meet the needs of tourists very well. We sign up for a few options here. First, the Inca Real Hotel is located along the Amon neighborhood just inside the city's tourist center. It is very close to shopping districts, museums, bars, bus stations and restaurants. The rooms have TV, Internet access, coffee maker, telephones and private baths.

Ramada Plaza Herradura Hotel offers a shuttle service to and from the international airport. It has 3 restaurants staffed by award-winning chefs, a golf course open to guests, which also offers free shuttle service and daily breakfast. The rooms have internet access, coffee maker, cable TV, hairdryer and much more, depending on the preferred services.

Casa Conde Apartotel is a four star hotel located near Park La Pax and the popular Mall San Pedro. It is 30 minutes away from the airport. It is designed as a private island; therefore, visitors can feel safe and secure at the hotel. It has a swimming pool, restaurant, bar, jacuzzi and sauna. Guests offer free shuttle service to and from the airport. The rooms are fully furnished and equipped with TV, kitchen, washing machine, microwave and many more.