San Jose, San José, Costa Rica

San Jose,Costa Rica

The capital of Costa Rica is an island full of culture surrounded by stunning natural parks. The country features about 5% of the world's biodiversity in only 0.25% of the planet's surface

About San Jose, San José, Costa Rica

San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica, is nestled in the plateu of Valle Central. In late 19th century, the city had an accelerated development and became the third city in the world and the first in Latin America with electrical power, after the opening of a hydroelectricity power station in 1884. San Jose is a town with a very rich cultural offer, featuring theaters as Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica and Teatro Popular Melico Salazar. The city also houses several museums, including Museo del Oro Precolombino and Museo Nacional, as well as Museo de los Niños, an interactive science museum for children, and Museo de Jade, with a large collection of pre-Columbian jade pieces. Other interesting places in town are Edificio de Correos and Barrio Amon, a historic neighborhood housing luxurious mansions from the late 19th century, when the city had a fast development. You can be close to nature at Parque Metropolitano La Sabana, a 72-hectare (178 acres) area in the heart of San Jose. Costa Rica has around the 5% of the world’s biodiversity. About the 25% of the country’s surface is protected within a national park or Natural Heritage Sites by UNESCO. In the surrounding area of San Jose, you can visit the national parks of Volcano Poas or Braulio Carrillo. ***The official currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Colon (CRC).