San José is Costa Rica’s modern and bustling capital and is likely to be the starting point for your Costa Rica holiday. During your San José holiday you will experience stunning colonial architecture, as well as delighting in the many cultural highlights found around every corner.
Paseo Colón is the hub of the capital city, bisecting its way through San José’s bustling centre. From there, you can take in the neoclassical beauty of the National Theatre of Costa Rica, as well as the glorious 19th century Metropolitan Cathedral. Don’t miss out on San José’s museums either, including the National Museum of Costa Rica and the hidden jewel that is the Jade Museum, an archaeological museum dedicated to items adorned with the precious gem, jade. Finish your day with a strong cup of Costa Rica’s famous coffee, which is sold in cafés throughout the city.
The natural beauty of San José holidays
For a city, San José is a nature lover’s paradise: you will love the open green spaces regularly breaking up the bustling urban streets. La Sabana Park is the largest, covering 72 hectares and offering beautiful walks that allow you to glimpse some of the local flora and fauna. Alternatively, visit José Maria Orozco Botanical Garden, which offers the delightful fragrance of thousands of native Costa Rican plants. If you’re seeking some adventure, your San José holiday can offer plenty of opportunities to leave the hustle and bustle and explore the wilder areas surrounding the capital city, including the awe-inspiring Poas Volcano National Park.
If you’re a foodie then you will find a whole world of gastronomical delights in San José; from traditional street food in one of the many sodas (cafés), through to haute cuisine in some of Latin America’s best-rated restaurants. When you’ve exhausted everything holidays in San José have to offer, you can then continue your adventure elsewhere in Central America, to exotic locations like Guatemala. Alternatively, hop across the sea to one of the Caribbean’s beautiful islands.