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  • Art in San Jose City - Costa Rica
    Costa Rica is a country with high standards for education and Arts are not neglected Progressive in thinking Costa Rica has opened its ways in this field Art music theater and dance flourish in the main cities with its countryside citizens catching up Among the most outstanding and promising of the Arts The National Symphony orchestra has gained worldwide attention since the 1970 s The orchestra performs in the beautiful National Theater to enthusiastic reviews In addition to enjoying classical music Costa Rican people love to dance Ticos like to get together often to dance either in discos or among themselves Folk dancing too is well enjoyed and supported Exciting lively and bright costumes folk dancers captivate their audiences Visitors and natives alike enjoy watching and participating in traditional dance Audiences are entertained by theater productions as well Passionate about their theater San JosÈ keeps its dramatic arts successful Little dramas or comedies form puppet shows to larger productions for different audiences flourish everywhere in San JosÈ It is said that per capita Costa Rica has more theater companies than elsewhere worldwide Most of them are locate in San JosÈ The beautiful San JosÈ Museum of Art houses many unrivaled

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  • Architectural History of San Jose, Costa Rica
    t have a predominant architecture style you can find a mixture of styles all around the city San Jose sits in the middle of a high valley which occupies the center of Costa Rica When driving into the valley at night either from above or below one gives the impression that it is one huge metropolitan area but actually it s a number of medium sized cities Downtown San Jose is crammed with parks and every park has a featured building on one side of it The buildings in San Jose are a mixture of Spanish Colonial style and modern architecture The Cathedral of San Jose is an avid example of architecture from the Spanish Colonial period One of the city s most well known buildings is the National Theatre Along the 2nd Avenue Boulevard you will find mix of European American and Latin American influences Next to the Plaza de la Democracia Democracy Park is the National Museum The building called Bellavista Fort Is the formerly army headquarters The museum has interesting exhibits on the Spanish Colonization the indigenous tribes banana and coffee production and some spectacular pre Columbian gold artwork The costa rican parliament is located next to

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  • Costa Rica Food and Cuisine
    19 th century with the coming of British Italian African and German peoples many new and fascinating trades brought about a much more complex menu to the local table Traditionally speaking the Costarican chart doesn t actually differ much from the standard central american palette however occasionally presenting a plate of its own Rice Beans legumes and corn being about the main traditional backbone of its cooking red and white meats adding to the combo fruit truly becoming the finest assortment of all national alimentary produce A few dishes instantly stand out to the tourist as local delicacies Gallo Pinto being the best known of all Rice and Beans re fried together with seasonings plentiful of butter or tasty lubricant of choice joined normally by scrambled eggs bread and sour cream for breakfast full delight Olla de Carne Tamales a Christmas Must have the infamous Chicharrones and the traditional and always different Arroz con Pollo Modern Cuisine has only but recently settled in town for the enjoyment of locals and visitors The main tendency shown in gourmet and semi such restaurants being that of Fusion Cuisine Varied international options are available within the San Jose city limits and more open

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  • Museo Nacional | Museums | Attractions and Activities
    newly formed national historical identity and the gaining of a local civil consciousness by the admiration of the mutual historical patrimony Throughout its centennial history the National Museum has been hosted by several buildings three of which have been demolished already and currently sitting in what used to be the Bellavista Military headquarters Cuartel Bellavista This being originally the house of a certain German Naturalist Alexander Von Frantzius and later purchased by local teacher and prominent intellectual Mauro Fernandez Left uninhabited from 1910 to 1914 it was later acquired by President Alfredo Gonzalez Flores with intentions of transforming it into a military facility The aforementioned change begun by 1916 and due to the coup d état headed by General Federico Tinoco in 1917 the works on the structured were rushed until his later dethroning in later years During the administration of President Cleto Gonzalez Viquez 1928 1932 the plan was retaken and the building finally took the shape as the Bellavista Military Headquarters In 1948 and due to the dissolution and abolishment of the Costarican Armed Forces the location was thus deigned proper for cultural site and the placement of the National Museum took its current form It hosts 4

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  • Banks | Services
    cards if you meet the requirements but not all are internationally accepted State run banks are backed by the Costa Rican government and are therefore usually considered safer They are also located in practically every town in Costa Rica On the down side long lines are frequent and bilingual staff is not always available especially outside the central valley On the other hand private banks usually offer quicker and more personalized service shorter lines and English speaking staff However they may have fewer branches available outside of the central valley The great majority of private banks are connected with banks outside the country so that transfers can be done relatively quickly The following is a list of state run and private banks State Owned Banks Banco Nacional de Costa Rica Established in 1914 the Banco Nacional is the largest state commercial bank in both assets and number of branches www bncr fi cr BN Index html Tel 506 212 2000 Fax 506 255 2436 Apdo Postal 6714 1000 San José San José Banco Central de Costa Rica Regulates Costa Rican banking policies www bccr fi cr flat bccr flat htm Tel 506 243 3333 Fax 506 243 3011 San José Banco de Costa Rica With branches throughout the country Banco de Costa Rica is considered the most profitable and probably best run state commercial bank www bancobcr com Tel 506 287 9000 Fax 506 255 3316 Apdo Postal 10035 1000 San José San José Banco Crédito Agrícola de Cartago Is the smallest of the state run banks www bancreditocr com Tel 506 223 8855 Fax 506 222 1911 Apdo Postal 5572 1000 San José San José Private Banks Scotia bank Scotiabank offers a wide range of personal commercial and retail corporate and trade finance services With 13 branches across the

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  • Embassies and Consulates in San Jose Costa Rica
    planning to travel and explore Latin America and other parts of the world when you are settled in Costa Rica you will need the addresses of the embassies and consulates listed below in order to get visas and other necessary travel documents The advantage of staying in San Jose is that most embassies and consulates are located in downtown San José The rest are found in upscale neighborhoods like Rohrmoser Los Yoses and San Pedro about 10 minutes from the center of the city Before visiting any of the consulates or embassies below we suggest that you find out their hours Argentina Ave 6 Calle 21 25 phone number 2221 6869 Austria consulate Ave 4 Calle 36 38 phone number 2255 0767 Belgium Los Yoses phone number 2225 6255 Belize Guadalupe phone number 2253 9626 Bolivia Ave Central Calle 9 12 phone number 2233 6244 Brazil Ave 2 Calle 20 22 phone number 2233 1544 Canada Ave ct 1 Calle 3 phone number 2255 3522 Chile Barrio Dent phone number 2224 4243 China San Pedro phone number 2224 8180 Columbia Ave 1 Calle 29 phone number 2221 0725 Ecuador consulate Paseo Colón Calle 38 40 phone number 2226 6282 El Salvador Los Yoses phone number 2225 3861 or 2224 9034 France Curridabat phone number 2225 0733 Germany Ave 5 Calle 40 42 phone number 2232 5533 Great Britain Paseo Colón phone number 2221 5566 Guatemala consulate Barrio California phone number 2233 5283 Honduras Los Yoses 234 0949 phone number 2222 2145 Italy Los Yoses Ave 10 Calle 33 35 phone number 2234 2326 Israel Ave 2 4 Calle 2 phone number 2221 6011 Jamaica consulate Urb Los Anonos phone number 2228 0802 Mexico Barrio Amon phone number 2222 5528 or 2232 2456 Nicaragua Barrio California phone number 2233 3479 Panamá

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  • Transportation in San Jose Costa Rica
    Santamaría Airport located in San Jose and another in Guanacaste Daniel Oduber Two major domestic carriers Sansa and Travel Air provide reasonably priced air travel within Costa Rica Government owned and subsidized Sansa s fares are significantly cheaper than those of its privately owned rival Travel Air Sansa operates out of Juan Santamaría International Airport and offers a free shuttle service for all flights Travel Air operate from Pavas Airport Tobías Bolaños approximately 4 miles from San José There is no shuttle service offered Bus Costa Rica s efficient and elaborate bus system provides the most inexpensive and popular method of travel throughout the country There are two major bus companies that offer international service for Costa Rica Tica Bus which offers bus routes between Panama Costa Rica Nicaragua Honduras Guatemala and El Salvador and Panaline that offers service between Panama and Costa Rica A trip from San Jose to Panama City via David normally takes about 16 hours The buses are large comfortable and normally air conditioned Generally speaking the bus system is quite organized and runs close to schedule The vast road system makes virtually every region of Costa Rica accessible by bus Companies in charge for longer trips have acquired more modern buses with air conditioning and comfort seats Most bus services in downtown San Jose as well as in the countryside itself rely on older and more conventional school style buses Taxi Cabs Most metropolitan areas are well supplied with taxi s all of which are red in color In Sn José there are approximately 5 000 licensed taxis There are also unregistered taxi s also known as pirate taxis which might cost a little less if you bargain however it is recomended the most to travel with registered taxi s espcially if you are not

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  • United States Embassy in Costa Rica
    in Costa Rica are encouraged to register with the U S Embassy through the State Department s travel registration web site and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Costa Rica Americans without Internet access may register directly with the U S Embassy By registering American citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency The U S Embassy is located in Pavas San Jose and may be reached at 506 2519 2000 x 2453 Those seeking information are strongly encouraged to utilize the Embassy web site http sanjose usembassy gov For emergencies arising outside normal business hours U S citizens may call 506 2220 3127 and ask for the duty officer The United States government has no higher responsibility than to serve and protect its citizens including those who reside or are temporarily abroad For this purpose the American Citizen Services Unit in Costa Rica provides prompt courteous and efficient services to United States Citizens and other clients consistent with U S laws and regulations We recommend that anyone seeking routine assistance e g passport renewals not visit the section on Mondays Tuesdays if Monday is a Holiday Due to the number

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