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San Jose


Other than a night at the beginning or end of a trip Costa Rica’s capital is seldom visited by tourists. It is a busy and working city and most of the architecture is unremarkable. Having said this, if you can look past the noisy traffic there are more historic neighbourhoods such as Barrio Amón where you will find some interesting old colonial mansions. The theatre adds a bit of grandeur and the art, gold and jade museums are all cultural highlights. The bustling Central Market is worth a visit to witness daily life in action!

For an afternoon in San Jose why not take a look at some of the interesting museums and the impressive Teatro Nacional.

Best months to visit San Jose

Our hand-picked hotels in San Jose

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a few of our favourites in San Jose.

Best reasons to visit San Jose

Although it may not be Costa Rica’s most inspiring destination, there are a few good reasons to linger in San Jose. Below are our recommended highlights.

Take in the highlights of the city with a guided walking tour

The loud and frenetic central market

Crumbling colonial houses in Barrio Amón

Museums of gold, jade, art and natural history

Experience the vibrant street life

Weather Averages for San Jose

Other destinations in Costa Rica

Beyond the capital city, Costa Rica offers many different destinations from steamy jungle to picture perfect beaches. Visit coffee plantations in the nearby Central Valley, travel north to Tortuguero for jungle canals, or head to Arenal for hot springs, zip lining and the famous volcano.

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