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  • San Jose Costa Rica Official Site - Your Guide to San Jose City
    of Costa Rica is also the largest city the seat of the government the focal point of political and economic activity and the major transportation hub of this Central American nation Because of the city s location in a mountainous valley in the middle of the country San José is an ideal jumping off point to explore Costa Rica s thriving rainforests or an excellent place to cool down after tanning at the beach This city lies at a mean elevation of 1 161 m above sea level and enjoys a stable climate throughout the year with an average temperature of 23 C and precipitation of 150 mm per month Founded in 1738 San José is one of the youngest capitals of Latin America by its year of foundation though it was not named capital until 1823 Nowadays it is a modern and cosmopolitan city with approximately a third of the country s population living downtown and in the surrounding suburbs Officially the city s current population is 346 799 inhabiting the area corresponding to San José canton the first of twenty administrative units in San José province though the metropolitan area stretches beyond the canton limits San José exerts a strong influence on a wider geographical range because of its proximity to minor cities such as Alajuela Heredia San José is home to many of most important institutions in the country and in Central America For instance Universidad de Costa Rica University of Costa Rica which was established in 1843 with the name of Universidad de Santo Tomás University of Saint Thomas and the international airport Juan Santamaría which is located 23 km west of downtown near Alajuela Another important institution located in San José is the headquarters of the Inter American Court of Human Rights The city offers

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  • General Information about San Jose Costa Rica
    green volcanic mountain ranges the metropolitan city of about one million people is oriented east and west surrounded by suburbs that cling to the gentle foothills The nearby town of Escazú southwest of the city off the autopista is home to the largest population of North Americans living in Costa Rica This makes this part of the city more upscale than San José s downtown or other suburbs Something that might difference form other Central American capitals it s that this one is not a very colonial city However the heart of the historic center features several beautiful old buildings Graceful porticos and wrap around verandas distinguish these appealing homes some converted to offices or small hotels painted in soft pastels San José didn t become a decent sized city until relatively late in the 1800s long past the colonial era and had a modern building boom in the 1950s and 60s Because of its economic success from coffee exports San José became the second city in the Americas to install electricity 1884 As the cultural heart of the nation San José is home to several theater groups excellent museums parks a national symphony cinemas and universities It is also

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  • Attractions and Activities in San Jose, Costa Rica
    a lot so maybe you may not know where to start from There are plenty of attractions in the city and different activities for all tastes There are places that are a must see or activities that you might feel you just have to do Please take a look at the list of places that we offer so you can choose which ones you want In the must see category there are of course the museums in which you can observe part of our national patrimony There are plenty of them There is also one for children so that everyone in the family can get to understand about our country If you are interested in other type of arts there are many theaters that offer different types of plays And if movies are your thing don t worry because there are movie theaters all around the city There is a list of music tradition influences in the country You might get in contact with Afro Caribbean Anglo American folk rhythms and Classical music among others since music is part of the talents and hobbies of San José s artists Another part of activity in Costa Rica that just cannot be

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  • San Jose Costa Rica Travel Guide
    José is currently a metropolis in constant growth Costa Rica s capital and the largest city in the country San Jose is considered to be among the most cosmopolitan cities in Latin America Here you can find not only good accommodations and hotels but many wonderful museums bars restaurants shopping centers colorful markets and a fast paced nightlife San José sits in the center of the country in the Central Valley as a bustling city nestled inside a tropical paradise It is surrounded by untouched forests Serving as a place to crash in the beginning San José is the perfect place to use as a base camp to tour throughout Costa Rica With the Juan Santamaría International Airport just 20 minutes from downtown San José there are plenty of tour bus companies based here that run buses throughout Costa Rica Since the downtown area is fairly small and is one of the most frequented parts of the city it is important to keep in mind that you will come across heavy traffic here with lots of noise and congestion However this part of the city is the heart of San José The streets and avenues here are usually bustling with pedestrians and traffic so the best way to explore this area is by foot Downtown San José is the busiest part of town A maze of streets and avenues here you can find most of the city s museums as well as a number of hotels and plazas Plenty of tour companies restaurants and hotels can also be found here with the Coca cola Bus Terminal sitting just north of Central Avenue if you re interested in touring Besides touring there are also a number of language schools in downtown San Jose that can help you speak fluently Very popular

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  • Nightlife in San Jose Costa Rica
    time visitors years phone Nightlife In countless tourist guides and even on occasion shown in traveller oriented shows we ve seen depictions of San Jose it looks grey perhaps not too squarely indeed colourful but certainly not one of those beautiful Spanish fortified cities that seem to spring from all around except anywhere within this unusual country But it must be accounted that despite the hoards of tourist buses taking off with it s high valued dollar clientele over all remote and green locations if one chooses to dismiss San Jose for something of a one night stop one would be greatly mistaken For this city holds hidden within the spirits of it s varied and not very outspoken lot an impressive palette of possibilities and outright fun Unlike the Spanish and their die hard approach to never ending soirees or the Mexican chanteuse taste in party rendering the people of San Jose or should one say the Central Valley for there is a large difference in lifestyles in the rest of the country have not themselves defined one single meaning of Nightlife Generations generally mark the dividing factor whereas one can easily attain that the elderly much rather enjoy spending time at home while the young preside over the rule of the night The Costa Rican youth is one very fine and odd compound of personalities and tastes that permit for a somewhat small in scale but vibrant cultural niche The lacking of a strong latino should one call it also Hispanic element bred about the kaleidoscope of likes and affinities of the average citizen Rock Jazz Electronic Traditional and Tropical Music lead the tendencies alongside smaller representation of all imaginable pop expressions The Arts are ultimately neither rendered forsaken despite the general appearance of San Jose as a

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  • Heritage and Culture in San Jose Costa Rica
    saves by not spending in military issues is invested in improving the Costa Ricans standard of living which has fostered a culture of social peace that makes it such a pleasant place to visit Costa Ricans also known as Ticos are famous for being very hospitable people and they would like to keep this reputation They are well mannered and hard working always willing to offer a smile and a handshake to people As the capital of the country San Jose also represents the capital of culture and amusement It offers a series of places for all family members to enjoy museums theaters cinemas and recreation centers Among the most relevant landmarks in San José are the following The National Theater with its imposing gothic architecture and performances that include every art gender the Gold Museum which will show you Pre Columbian Costa Rican art the National Museum which will let you travel through Costa Rica s history and the Children s Museum which will guide you through an interactive learning adventure for all the family applied with innovative devices on each subject to learn while you play By the standards of a developed country Costa Rican incomes are very low but when compared to other neighbors salaries and earnings prove to be much better Besides the poor and middle classes there is an upper class which is very elitist As in other countries this class is composed by both traditionally rich families as well as by nouveau riche families Costa Rica is also homogenous when it comes to social classes Most of the population can be placed in a middle class and even though extreme poverty exists it s not as large a problem as it is in other Latin American countries Most of the Ticos are very conservative

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  • Services in San Jose Costa Rica
    great high important international jose josé large local located main museum music nacional national natural park people place rica right shopping social theater time visitors years phone Services When you come visit Costa Rica as well as any other country you should be aware of the services that the country offers Since San Jose is the capital city most of the services are available than in other provinces If you have to make important transactions money bank account credit or debit cards consultations there is a wide variety of banks and ATM s that you can easily reach almost everywhere Of course be aware that not every place might accept debit or credit cards and instead rather cash This happens to small businesses that come farther from the city As a tourist in a foreign country it is also important depending on the time of your stay to check out for consulates and embasssies their locations addresses and times of attention to the public Chaeck out the details for some of the services that the United States Embassy provides And since it is almost impossible to predict an accident or any type of flu or disease or simple because of

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  • Education in San Jose Costa Rica
    and that has certainly made the costarican populace one of the best educated in the continent Elementary and Secondary Education levels are free and mandatory while the Universities are divided between the private held and government sponsored San Jose annually receives several international applicants particularly in the well developed University ambient and some institutions have gained worldwide acclaim due to their modern and conservationist approach towards environmental issues The UCR Universidad de Costa Rica is the largest and most famous of all perhaps situated in the popular eastern San Jose district of San Pedro it hosts the largest number of faculties available in the country it possesses the most respected degree issuance of the isthmus A visit to the UCR campus is a must especially on early December as it features the Feria de las Artes Arts Fair where one can purchase at wonderful prices unique items manufactured by students The UNA Universidad Nacional and the Instituto Tecnolgico de Costa Rica commonly known within the country simply as the TEC stand also as the major state funded colleges that provide excellence in their diversified fields One important mention is that of the renowned Universidad para la Paz University for of

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