San José, a vibrant capital surrounded by mountains and greenery
Costa Rica’s capital, San José (or Chepe), boasts numerous restaurants and museums. At an altitude of 1170 metres, its climate is temperate all year round. Nature’s splendours await visitors who venture just outside the city.
In the heart of the city
San José’s Teatro Nacional is one of the city’s most beautiful buildings. An impressive collection of gold pieces can be found at the Museo de Oro Precolombino. The Museo de Jade houses the most important collection of American jade. The city is peppered with numerous green spaces, favourites for families who want to relax.
Volcanoes and hot springs
The Poás, Irazú and Arenal volcanoes are only fifty or so kilometres away from the city of San José.
Coffee and colourful butterflies
The colours of the butterflies at the Butterfly Farm are enchanting. The INBioparque project teaches young and old about Costa Rica’s natural riches. Coffee aficionados will enjoy the Café Britt or Doka plantations.
Reptiles and other animals
Not far from San José, tourists will admire reptiles on a cruise to Tortuga Island, where they can spot crocodiles and multicoloured birds. The Manuel Antonio National Park is also home to many small mammals.