San José: gateway to Costa Rica’s treasures

San José, the capital of Costa Rica, is a city that often escapes the notice of travellers drawn by the country’s lush forests and heavenly beaches. Yet this city, located in the heart of the Central Valley, between majestic volcanoes and verdant mountains, is a vibrant crossroads of cultures, history and modernity, offering a unique perspective on Costa Rican life.


A journey through history

Founded in the mid-18th century, San José is a city where history and modernity coexist. The city centre is home to architectural gems such as the National Theatre, inaugurated in 1897, which is a symbol of national pride and a mecca for Costa Rican culture. A few steps away, the National Museum, the Jade Museum and the Gold Museum present fascinating and exceptional collections that tell the story of the country’s pre-Columbian history and its evolution.


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Culture and Urban Life

San José is where most of Costa Rica’s cultural life is expressed, with the city’s streets teeming with museums, art galleries and cultural centres. The Mercado Central offers an immersion into local life, with its colourful stalls selling everything from handcrafted souvenirs to Costa Rican culinary delights. For street art fans, Calle 17 is a must, providing an urban backdrop for local and international talent.


Nature and adventure nearby

Despite its urban ambience, San José is surrounded by nature and adventure. A short distance away, the Orosi Valley and its picturesque landscapes invite you to explore. Hiking and eco-tourism enthusiasts will be delighted by the national parks and forest reserves that border the city, offering easy access to Costa Rica’s natural wealth.


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From local markets to gourmet restaurants, the city offers a variety of flavours to delight even the most demanding palates. Casado” or “el gallo pinto”, typical Costa Rican dishes, are a must for anyone wanting to sample the authenticity of the local cuisine.


Why visit San José?

San José is more than just a stopover; it’s a destination in its own right that deserves to be explored. The city offers a unique blend of history, culture, nature and modernity, all wrapped up in the warm hospitality that characterises Costa Rica. Whether you’re a history buff, art lover, nature enthusiast or simply curious about the Costa Rican way of life, San José has unforgettable experiences in store for you.



San José is the ideal starting point for exploring the wonders of Costa Rica, but it is also a destination rich in discoveries, an invitation to plunge into the soul of the country.


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