The capital of Costa Rica is located in the center of the country, at 1100 meters above sea level in the Central Valley, also called Valle Central. The city is surrounded by the volcanic mountain to the north and by a non-volcanic mountain to the south. Thanks to the fertile volcanic soil, the Central Valley offers perfect conditions for the production of coffee, ornamental plants and fruits. San Jose was growing rapidly during the last few years and now our visitors can find different architectural styles in the city, which allows being a point of historical interest. Over the past few years, the strong increase in the traffic is causing chaos during rush hours. Buses, taxis and cars continuously pass through the fruit and vegetable stalls in the narrow streets of the city.
The market can be found in the center of the city. The Main Post Office is one of the last colonial style buildings and the National Theater one of the most attractive monuments.The Plaza de la Cultura is located right next to the National Theater and it represents a meeting place in general for all citizens. Sometimes you can enjoy the sound of the famous Marimba playing in the square.
San Jose also offers some museums. We recommend a visit to the Jade Museum and the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, where you can learn about the pre-Columbian history of the indigenous peoples of Costa Rica. The National Museum is well worth a visit, it will give you an impression of the earliest history of the country. Many of the natural attractions are located very close to San Jose, we offer a wide variety of excursions half day or a full day to volcanoes, coffee plantations, rain forests and cloud forests.San Jose also offers an attractive nightlife.
You can find many restaurants, bars, night clubs and casinos throughout the city. Only on Sundays it’s a little more quiet and it can be difficult to find a restaurant open. However, Monday to Friday, you have many options to go out for dinner or go to enjoy some rhythms. When you arrive, we will provide you with a brochure of information, where you will be able to find some recommendations of restaurants and places to go out at night. It is suggested to you that if you choose a site to go to dinner or simply enjoy a drink, to take an official transportation to and from that place. We do not recommend walking in unknown areas of the city at night.
This province is part of the Central Valley along with three more provinces, San José, Cartago and Alajuela. It is located 12 kilometers from San José, Costa Rica´s capital and is remarkable for its extensive coffee plantations and production of the so-called "gold grain". It is also known as "the city of flowers" due to the cultivation of many flowers for exportation, but also because many families whose family name is "Flores", live in this province. It is the smallest province of Costa Rica. It has a warm and humid climate but it also offers mountainous areas of great exuberance for its flora and fauna. In its heights the climate is cold and you can appreciate the rainy humid forest in the skirts of the Barva Volcano, one of the main attractions of the place.
The province also stands out for its colonial tradition. You can still see adobe houses with roofs that are representative of Spanish architecture during colonial times. It is also a picturesque province, full of Costa Rican traditions, with mills, sawmills, picturesque villages and spectacular landscapes