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  • Economy of San Jose City - Costa Rica
    nacional national natural park people place rica right shopping social theater time visitors years phone Economy During the late 90 s and ever since the Costarican economy has experienced a 180 degrees turn on what used to be it s foundation and human resources While the country ever since its first independent years had turned to agriculture the exploitation of coffee and banana primarily in realizing the fierce competition that much larger nations were playing in dominating the American and European markets chief trade associates turned to renovated economical plan The much better educated working force of the nation concentrated in its urbanized center displayed the changing element in the whole equation technology therefore became next to Tourism the country s main financial resource for exportation and the creation of wealth and welfare Thus from an economy enslaved to crops the country gradually shifted its path towards a more asian approach to the world market Companies such as Intel have planted their developing seed in the industrial sectors of the central valley using as compost the talented minds of the Costarican newer generations Tourism nonetheless currently holds the biggest piece of the revenue pie A humongous sector of the populace

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  • History of San Jose City - Costa Rica
    capital of Costa Rica The city of Cartago was founded by Juan Vásquez de Coronado in 1564 In the early years of the Costa Rica s central valley s colonization 1560 s families began spreading west from the village of Cartago and one of the first places settled was the valley of Aserrí located south of what is now the city of San José Some 170 years later in 1736 the authorities ordered the inhabitants of the valley of Aserrí to move to a site known as Boca del Monte and to this end erected a church dedicated to San José Saint Joseph the region s patron saint The parish became known as San José de la Boca del Monte en el Valle de Aserrí By 1824 the population of San José had grown to more than 15 000 and a year earlier the city had become the capital of the newly independent country Then San Jose became the nation s capitol city Coffee and tobacco were already bringing prosperity culture and refinement to the once humble village San Jose developed a moderate middle class hungry to invest its new found wealth for the social good This city was the third one in the world to install electric lighting for the public Well ahead of other cities throughout Europe and North America San José installed public telephones as well By the turn of the century plazas and splendid buildings lined with trees catered to the flourishing movement libraries museums the national theater Teatro Nacional and grand neoclassical mansions and middle class homes honored the city Aided by the coffee income and influenced by the Paris and Crystal Palace expositions architects were erecting great monuments and schools built of imported prefabricated metals As recently as the 1940 s San José still

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  • Holidays | General Info
    phone Holidays Having changed in recent years the official Costa Rican Calendar still preserves most of its traditionally Catholic events as primary holidays Most government controlled entities will be closed and few services are to be relied upon during some of them Following you ll find a list of the most relevant ones January 1 st New Year s Eve All Public and Private entities will remain closed Holy Week Easter varies according to the Catholic Calendar Holy Thursdays and Fridays are mandatory holidays most services wont operate during these two days March 19 th Saint Joseph s Day patron saint of the city of San Jose capital of Costa Rica No changes in public services April 11 th Juan Santamaria Day celebrates the triumph of the Costa Rican army over the invading forces of William Walker Businesses remain open during this day May 1 st Labour day No private or governmental offices should be expected to open July 25st Guanacaste Day commemorative of the joining of the Guanacaste province to the young republic of Costa Rica No changes to the working schedule should be expected August 2 nd Virgen de los Angeles Day celebrates the patron saint of Costa

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  • Geography of San Jose Costa Rica
    geographical areas in Costa Rica Tropical Lowlands Pacific and Caribbean Coasts the North Central Plains the Central Valley where San José is located and the Northwest Peninsula However the governmental divisions include seven provinces Guanacaste Alajuela Heredia Limón Cartago San José and Puntarenas Both the geographical divisions and the political ones display different climates and different formations However most of them include at least the following geological phenomena rivers mountains valleys and volcanoes The main season is Costa Rica is the rainy one which means that rivers are abundant The following are some of the biggest rivers San Juan border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua Tempisque Sarapiquí Reventazón Pacuare Sixaola and the Chirripó After heavy rains these rivers can turn into cabezas de agua heads of water which are avalanches of tree trunks and stones and are extremely dangerous for unaware bathers Heavy rains also causes large scale floods The large quantity of volcanoes and mountains is due to the intense geological activity caused by two tectonic plates the Cocos Plate Pacific and the Caribbean Plate Atlantic Their shifting friction or collision causeses numerous tremors and earthquakes as well as the formation of ridges and volcanoes The last large earthquake which occurred in 1991 and measured 7 4 on the Richter Scale shook the whole country and caused much destruction in the Caribbean area However most seismic activity is very moderate and earthquakes such as this one are not usual The same observation applies to volcanic activity in Costa Rica Even though there are at least 60 dormant or extinct volcanoes in this country only seven remain active The mountain ridges that stretch across the country from North to South are a small part of the larger Andean Sierra Madre chain which is present in the Western region of the

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  • Politics of Costa Rica
    Costa Rica is one of the oldest and most stable democracies on this side of the globe and San Jose as its capital stands as the centre of all political life San Jose is the chair of all of its three political entities these being the executive legislative and judicial branches As the majority of the population of the nation resides within San Jose and its neighboring cities the electorate is thus highly representative and vice versa of the whole measure of the country s politics Right and Left have kept a balance at power most regularly since 1948 and three political parties are now the key carriers of the voting intention of the nationals PUSC Partido Unidad Social Cristiana PLN Partido Liberacion Nacional and the newcomer PAC Partido Accion Ciudadana The Costarican people is one to always celebrate politics in a fashion which can be compared with that of the United States or France with great public demonstration being the evidence every 4 years for presidential election and opinionated impressions can be widely expected from all people Visitors are not discouraged from providing their insight on the politics of CR nonetheless Ticos do not appreciate overly critical views on

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  • Travel and Tourism - San Jose, Costa Rica
    natural park people place rica right shopping social theater time visitors years phone Tourism Costa Rica s largest revenue source the engine that drives a unique style of environmentalism and the country s bet towards full social development Tourism has played a huge role in the becoming of what today is Costa Rica and the position it has taken as leading voice in the community of nations that advocate the same principles of natural coexistence Costa Rica appears as Number 1 within the Latin American group for touristic competitiveness and ranks fifth for the World s Environmental Development chart The attention that has been paid to the study of this trade and all its congruent associations with many social sectors have cemented a value so intrinsically it would become hard for any national to conceive this country without it and so becomes later obvious to tourists as well The Switzerland of the Americas as Costa Rica has been called by some local romantics of the last century and before has several and highly differentiated natural areas ecosystems thus even within the small territory that comprises it within a few hours distance entirely opposing eco scenarios can be stumbled upon Beaches

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  • San-Jose_71-26 | San-Jose-Downtown-Pictures | Picture-Gallery
    large local located main museum music nacional national natural park people place rica right shopping social theater time visitors years phone Gallery Home San Jose Downtown Pictures Back to Category Overview Total pictures in all categories 90 Total number of hits on all pictures 60280 TOP 12 Top Rated Last Added Last Commented Most Viewed SlideShow Please activate JavaScript in order to see the slideshow Previous Next 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 17th Street Boulevard Picture information Description This walking boulevard goes from the National Park and ends up in the Justice Courts Hits 854 Rating No Votes Picture Rating 1 Bad 10 Good Comments for this picture There are not any comments for this picture yet

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  • The National Theatre - San Jose, Costa Rica
    the sophistries of the advanced world It took almost 8 years to finish the building of the National Theater and many obstacles made the task about the first serious architectonic attempt of measurable scale Folk tales tell that the plans were actually crafted entirely by European hands yet Costaricans who had studied abroad were De Facto responsible for the general layout Craftsmen were indeed brought from Italy and many changes had to be performed to adjust for mistakes conceived during the rudimentary and excited process of the original conception of the structure The National Theater saw its fantastic debut on the evening of October 19 th 1987 A special presentation of Faust was staged by the Parisian Opera and Ballet brought by the then president Mr Rafael Iglesias The event was a major social success and the citizens of San Jose were transformed by the great power of the visual and musical arts like never before Technically speaking the Theater consists of a façade of a pure and classical renaissance style two statues greet the visitors these belonging to the images of the great composer Beethoven and Iberian poet Calderon de la Barca Once inside the Vestibule is fashioned in reminiscent Roman Pompeian style Rightwards one would find the finely decorated Cafeteria and to the contrary direction the Administration offices It is common custom since the 1970 s to feature an exposition of Paintings or Photography within the precincts of the cafeteria Further inside one would meet the second vestibule and foyer having stepped on the finely formed marble stairways designed by the Italian Durini Brothers complimented by bronze works and those of artist Pablo Sierra depicting flower and wild fruit medallions Looking right ahead stands the visual interpretation of Milanese painter Jose Villa who chose to depict the nation

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