Jade Museum with Views of San Jose
On the 11th floor of an insurance building is the Fidel Tristán Jade Museum, which has the largest collection of jade in the world - pre-columbian artifacts (mostly carved adzes and pendants but some rather rude ceramics too) and reconstructions. The museum also displays a archaeological exhibits of ceramics, stonework and gold miniatures.
It takes of the whole floor of the skyscraper and you get 360 degrees of views of the city.
Mon-Fri 9:00-3:00. When we went it was free, but I think there is now a small admission fee of $2 or $3.
9 Street, 7 Ave., INS Building, 11 Floor, San Jose across from the Parque España (Park of Spain). The elevator to the museum is off to the left side as you approach the main entrance. The URL has a map of the location.
(The second URL doesn't seem to be working ATM)
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A small port town called...
A small port town called Limon, its pretty there but can be very dangerous as well. Beware of the Black beggars as they steal ya wallet if you go to give them money. Its a case of good block bad block
San Jose's parks are improving all the time
There are several recently renovated parks throughout the city. This one is by the court house, a short walk from the Jade Museum and the National Museum. It has lovely benches, a frog pond, lots of trees, and many buses stop near-by.
In the restaurant section I...
In the restaurant section I recommended the 'Balcon de Europa' restaurant, not for its food but for the interior decoration. Also, the wood used for the floor and walls belongs to a tree that's now on the endangered species list.
Here's a picture to show what I'm talking about. This place is located on Calle 9, between Ave. 1 & Central, real close to the Hotel Presidente.
I suggest dont take the...
I suggest dont take the tourist plantation trips..just rent a 4x4 and take it to the mountains or if you feel up to it you can take the hike, but along the way you will see some of the greenest widest plantations in Costa Rica.
Im not actually sure how easy...
Im not actually sure how easy it is to find people picking coffee, but I spent 1 week in Orosi at the Spanish school and only saw this the day I was leaving.
Parque Tapanti. The second...
Parque Tapanti. The second biggest I think. Not so great for wildlife, but beatiful scenery. No buses run there, so its a taxi ride from Orosi, probably less than half an hours drive.