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San Jose

Fertile coffee plantations, smouldering volcanoes and the hustle and bustle of a capital city make San Jose an interesting pit stop before venturing deeper into the country.
San Jose is home to almost half the population of Costa Rica, and they battle the crowds and honking traffic to go about their daily business. In comparison to other Latin American capitals, San Jose is still very much the new kid on the block and its architecture clearly reflects this.


Out and about in San Jose


Despite not being a national park or awash with biodiversity like the rest of the destinations in Costa Rica, San Jose does have a few sights of interest, including The National Theatre which was constructed at the end of the 19th century. Internally it is very ornate and was paid for by a tax on coffee entrepreneurs. There is also a small pre-Colombian gold museum.

In truth, San Jose is not worth spending too much time in as the real treasures of the county lie in the national parks and biodiversity outside of the country’s capital.
 

Where to stay in San Jose 


As the traffic is horrendous we suggest that you opt for one of the former coffee plantations on the outskirts of the city. Whilst here you can relax by a pool, enjoy the views out over the city and get a feel for capital life before beginning your journey.

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