Cushioned in the valley between the Central American mountain ranges and volcanic peaks, the Costa Rican capital is surrounded by lush green landscapes. San José forms the epicenter of the spectacular Central Valley region, overlooked by verdant mountains and volcanic peaks. The city offers an interesting mix of its Spanish colonial heritage and modern identity, along with coffee plantations, spa destinations and tropical gardens towards its outskirts. Within the city, the San José’s Gold Museum is worth a visit, while the Barrio Amon neighborhood sports colonial structures converted into modern art galleries. For food buffs, the neighborhood of Barrio Escalante is known for some of the best Costa Rican dishes in town. The bustling Saturday markets are worth dropping by too, busy with shoppers and colorful stalls selling local wares and artefacts. San José also redeems itself as the cultural capital of the country with a busy nightlife.

Themes

  • Heritage
  • Relaxation
  • Wine & Food

Highlights

  • Spanish Colonial History
  • Museums and Contemporary Art
  • Saturday Markets
  • Vibrant Nightlife

Places to Stay

Finca Rosa Blanca San José Costa Rica Central America Bed Room
Finca Rosa Blanca

Style: Boutique

Finca Rosa Blanca, just half an hour away from the Juan Santamaria International Airport, is a charming boutique eco-inn.

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Grano de Oro

Style: Boutique

Grano de Oro, located less than an hour away from the San José airport, is an upscale boutique hotel. Built at the turn of the 20th century, this hotel boasts of original French architecture that has been carefully and respectfully restored.

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Costa-Rica Tours San Jose Hotels Hotel Bougainvillea Reception
Hotel Bougainvillea

Style: International

Bougainvillea Hotel San José is located barely ten minutes from downtown San José and 15 minutes from the airport.

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Enchanting Travels Costa Rica Historic Architecture on Grand Boulevard in Colonial Latin American City
Xandari Resort & Spa

Style: Resort

Xandari Resort & Spa is located in the breathtaking Central Valley, just 20 minutes away from the airport. Think generous villas surrounded by tropical gardens, with furniture in native woods, and rooms adorned with original art and sculptures.

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