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San Jose

If the hustle bustle of the capital city of San Jose is what you are after, then the fertile coffee plantations might make an interesting pit stop for you before your Costa Rica adventure begins. 
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.

If you want to stay a night in San Jose, then the Grano de Oro is a good option as it sits on a quiet street but very is also centrally located. Alternativaly, we would reccomend venturing to the leafy Pacuare Lodge (quite literally an adventure to get to but well worth it).

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.
 

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