The city of San Jose is the Capital of Costa Rica and the capital of San Jose province. This mountainous city is lively and animated, with much to offer to its visitors. It is the center of Costa Rican life with two thirds of the country’s population living in the huge metropolitan area.
In this city you’ll experience bustling streets, honking cars and beautifully painted public buses. All this in addition to scooters, motorcycles and huge trucks.
San Jose’s downtown is a mix of expensive shops and boutiques with street vendors and musicians expecting some change from passerby. It has all modern facilities for visitors with WiFi, cafes and restaurants to help Costa Rica Tourism.
The impressive building of the National Theater of Costa
Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica is located in San Jose’s downtown. Its construction began in 1891, opening to the public in 1897, with a performance by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust.
The building is the best historic building in the Capital of Costa Rica and is renowned for its lavish interiors and furnishing.
Its only competition was the Teatro Municipal or Teatro Mora that existed for many years before the National Theater, until it was destroyed by an earthquake.
At the entrance of the theater there are statues of Calderon de la Barca and Ludwig van Beethoven. At the entrance foyer you may see a monument to Frederic Chopin, as well as a mural Allegory of Coffee and Bananas by Italian artist Aleardo Villa exhibited inside.
Centro Nacional de Arte y Cultura de Costa Rica
This entire block building houses the offices of the Culture Ministry, many performing art centers and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, where to enjoy the art of many Costa Rican and Central American artists.
Housed in the historic National Liquor Factory, this contemporary art museum doubles-up on arts and cultural heritage. Enjoy the colonial architecture and the large amphitheater.
Costa Rican Art Museum
This is an art deco museum housing permanent displays of thousands of national treasures of the last two centuries.
It also features a garden of sculptures with art of Francisco Zuniga and Jorge Jimenez. The lush gardens of Sabana Park lead you direct to the museum after a day of strolling in the park.
Museo del Oro Pre-Colombino
The Gold Museum is located off the Plaza de la Cultura. It features a large display of Pre-Columbian gold. It is on a three-story subterranean building.
The collections are artifacts of gold dating back to AD 500. It includes Costa Rica’s first coin, the Medio Escudo minted in 1825, animals, figurines, earrings, amulets and statuettes.
Centro Costarricense de la Ciencia y la Cultura
The Costa Rican Center of Science and Culture is located in a fortress that was used before as a penitentiary from 1910 to 1979. This center was opened in 1994. It features a number of important institutions including the National Auditorium, the Museo de los Niños, the National Gallery and a few more. The walls and the façade of the building were declared historical and architectural heritage of Costa Rica in 1988.
Located on the same building and included on the same entrance fee of the Gold Museum, the National Coin Museum features displays dating back to 1236, including banknotes, coins and coffee tokens.
Located in Avenida Central is this bright yellow building of the Central Market. This is the place to check the local food on many colorful stalls.
If you want to eat delicious local food, do not miss this market, even if you go only to try the food.
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
A popular day tour out of the city. Besides the waterfalls, there are an aviary, hummingbird garden, butterfly gardens and reptiles.
A 6.4 earthquake in January 2009 unfortunately hit the area and destroyed a few trails that were lost to landslides. After a dedicated repair program, the park is back to its former glory.
Arenal Volcano located 90 km from San Jose Capital of Costa Rica
Located in Northwestern Costa Rica, this is an active volcano. It is in the Province of Alajuela about 90 km of San Jose.
It measures about 1,640 meters in diameter, and is considered a young volcano geologically, estimated to be about 7,500 years old.
This volcano was dormant for hundreds of years with a small crater showing minor fumes activity, and covered by lush vegetation, but in 1968 it erupted by surprise, destroying the town of Tabacon.
This Volcano is known by locals by many names such as “Pan de Azucar”, “Volcan Costa Rica”, “Volcan Rio Frio”, “Canaste” and “Guatusos Peak”.
Poas Volcano near San Jose the Capital of Costa Rica
A great day trip out of San Jose. The Poas volcano is inactive and what was the crater is now a sulfur water caldera. The water is so clean and aquamarine that looks like a painting. There are a few hiking trails in the area. The place is a heaven for those photographers among you.
Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica
The Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in La Sabana Metropolitan Park in San Jose, is the first modern sport and events facility in all of Central America. It was completed in 2011 and has a capacity of 35,175 seats. It is home to the Costa Rica National Football team.
It features a 160 square meter high definition screen in the southern section of the stadium.
It was used to host matches during the 2014 FIFA Women’s World Cup, including the opening game, the third-place match and the Final.
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