What to do in San Jose
Most people stay in San Jose on their first and last nights in Costa Rica, and though it can be gritty, it has some interesting things to see. This capital city is built in a valley hemmed in on both sides by towering mountain and volcanic ranges: A mere 20-minute drive from the airport and you’re breathing crisp air a mile above sea level. In town, streets are congested and signage is poor, so hire a cab to see the sites. Check out the leather goods and other Costa Rican souvenirs at Mercado Central, or visit the Gold Museum, an underground venue that features more than 2,000 gold objects from pre-Columbian times. Stop for a meal at Restaurant Grano de Oro, inside a century-old Victorian estate that is now a boutique hotel. Grab a seat amid the greenery and listen to the soothing sounds of water cascading down Italianate fountains.
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- La Luz
- Lankester Gardens
- Museo de Los Niños (Children's Museum)
- Café Britt Farm
- Museos del Banco Central de Costa Rica (Gold Museum)
- Museo Nacional de Costa Rica (National Museum)
- INBio Park
- La Paz Waterfall Gardens
- Museo de Jade Marco Fidel Tristán (Jade Museum)
- Club Oh!
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