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San José is the capital of the country Costa Rica as well as the nations biggest city. Situated in Central Valley, San Jose is also the seat of national government and a huge transportation hub for Central America. It holds a population of over 360,000 people and is now a modern city and economically active and is said that just its metropolitan area holding around a third of the cities population. The city is highly cultural and offers a city of tourists, workers and those their to admire its history and modern builds.

Costa Rican food is extremely flavoursome, colourful and fresh. Its main dishes rely on fresh produce and fresh sea food and locally grown fruit and vegetables. The dishes are often made up of black beans and rice served with other ingredients to add lots of flavour like sweetcorn, sweet peppers, potatoes and onions. A popular main is 'Casado', which is made up of a chosen white meat such as pork or fish, rice and fresh vegetables. Costa Rican mains are often serves with a Russian side salad which is created with beats, boiled eggs and mayonnaise. In San Jose, try some traditional dishes in restaurants playing music and offering a real Costa Rican experience. San Jose is also great for getting hold of Chinese food, mega burgers and Italian classics.

If you're travelling with young children... you must visit San Jose's children's discovery museum which is a highly interactive adventure museum which exposes technology and cultures in a fun way. It is one of the largest museums of its kind in explores and teaches the ins and outs of the ways in which we live. Another popular tourists attraction is the stunning religious home is the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph which was built in 1876 open to the public to view its carefully crafted architecture and perfect interior. One great place for all the family to visit is the Happy Hallow Park and Zoo; an interesting and fun zoo offering lots to do and even an amusement park. For those who ant to make the most out of their San Jose trip, there are many different excursions to choose from. This includes The Municipal Rose Garden, a stunning garden offering piece of tranquillity for those who want to relax on holiday. For those who can't go without missing their sport, try to visit the HP Pavilion stadium, a famous arena hosting many sporting events. The tech museum is also another modern museum that shows the modernity and importance of technology today. Another great place to visit is the Rosicrucian Egyptian museum; a full replica of an Egyptian temple educating its visitors on Egyptian history through memorabilia and artefacts.

Location of San José

Key Facts

  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Costa Rican Colon
  • Time Difference from UK: -6
  • Flight time: London: 11 hours
  • When to go: November - May