San José Things to Do

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    Vehicle ramp down to the plaza
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    Musical instruments
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  • 1. National Theater

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    On Monday, one of the things we did was a tour of the National Theatre (which was being renovated, so it wasn’t really a tour, and we didn’t pay for it because the guard at the entrance wasn’t there)...

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  • 2. Museo Nacional

    4 out of 5 stars

    Although not its most modern museum, this is San Jose's best museum. It houses a substantial collection of pre-columbian artifacts along with colonial and national treasures. The museum is housed in...

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  • 3. Jade Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Back in 1996 we went to the Jade Museum which was free and was in the top of an insurance building. In 2014, a NEW building was been built for this museum which covers the life in Costa Rica from 500...

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  • 4. Museo de Oro - Gold Museum

    When we were in San Jose in 1996, the Gold Museum was closed on Sunday and Monday so we didn't get to visit it. So this time, I made sure we were in San Jose during the week when it would be open. We...

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  • 5. Mercados - Markets

    4 out of 5 stars

    On our first day in San Jose, we walked through some of the Central Market but did not see anything worth buying. Friday morning March 1st we went to the Mercado Artesania. We did our last souvenir...

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  • 6. Catedral Metropolitana

    4 out of 5 stars

    We passed the San Jose (St. Joseph) cathedral in the hop-on-hop-off bus and I took photos. There was a bright white statue of Saint John Paul II inside the fence at Central Street, and 2th Avenue This...

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  • 7. Parque Francisco Morazán

    This park was right across the street from our hotel and we could look down at it from our room. I wanted to go over and scooter around in the park and see the sculptures and the Temple of Music close...

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  • 8. City Parks

    There are a lot of small parks scattered throughout the city. These are nice places to just sit back and relax, or to observe whatever event might be going on. Some of the things we saw in various...

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  • 9. Views of the City

    When we were in San Jose in 1996, this museum was free and it was open on Monday when the Gold Museum was closed. It was on the 11th floor of an insurance company. The jade part takes up about 25% of...

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  • 10. Pedestrian Mall - Avenida Central

    There is a very nice car & bus-free walk down the main street, Central Calle. It’s about 8 blocks long, no cars and no buses mean the diesel exhaust is a away from you. There are a couple plazas, the...

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  • 11. Plaza de la Cultura

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    We saw the Plaza of Culture in 1996, so when I saw the four ventilation stacks in 2015, I knew right away that I was in the right place. I know I have a photo of it back in 1996, but I can't find it,...

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  • 12. Parque España

    Parque Espana is between Ave 3 and President Roosevelt on the north and south and Calle 9 and Calle 11A on the east and west. On one side is the Centro National de la Cultura and on the other side is...

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  • 13. Relax

    This large plaza is downtown parallel to Paseo Colon where you will find many shops and restaurants and is just northeast of the Teatro Nacional. Ticos of all kinds flock to this plaza on weekends to...

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  • 14. Correo - Central Post Office

    Constructed in 1917, the main post office is still functioning today. On the first floor is the Museum of Stamps with free admission. A small park parallels the building across the Calle 2 pedestrian...

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  • 15. Sculpture

    Near the Catholic Cathedral is a small statue in memory of Anne Frank, very similar to the one in Amsterdam close to the Westerkerk and the Anne Frank House. I could not translate the plaque but it...

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  • 16. Museo de Arte Costarricense

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This was the main stop on the hop-on-hop-off tour. It is in an old airport terminal building with a disguised tower. The guide told us that it has a wood carving wall which shows the history of Costa...

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  • 17. Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez

    When we came out of the National Theater, we heard music. We went around to the other side of the theater (the other side of from the Gold Museum and Plaza of Culture) and we saw various groups of...

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  • 18. Edificio Metálico

    I was interested in this building before I knew anything about it. It seemed a little different. In fact, it is made of metal. I've seen other metal buildings - specifically one in the Dockyard in...

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  • 19. Cemeterios

    One of the things we do when we travel is document cemeteries - this means taking photos of the gravestones. Some of these are very interesting and artistic, and some are just sad - such as the ones...

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  • 20. Fuerte Bellevista - Fort

    Built in 1887, Fuerte Bellevista, Fort with a Beautiful View, is now the National Museum. The museum has four sections: archaeological artifacts, gold figures and jewelry, colonial life artifacts,...

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  • 21. Casa Amarillo

    Costa Rica’s Yellow House was built using funds donated by Andrew Carnegie in 1912, It is a noteworthy (and noticeable!) building that is across from the Parque Espana. It housed the Central American...

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  • 22. Museo de los Niños

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    They drove us past the Children's Museum on the city tour. It wasn't one of the places that we went into. It looks a little like a castle and apparently it was originally a jail. Now the are 40 rooms...

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  • 23. Festivals - Carnival

    Around christmas time there is a festival in San Jose with a big parade, rodeo and market. I dont remember the name, but they have one every year. I have never seen so many horses in my life! There...

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  • 24. Sports & Activities

    In Nov./Dec. 2010 I have been at barkinghorsefarm in Puriscal, about an hours away by bus from San Jose, where they are offering horseback riding through the costarican mountains. We crossed rivers,...

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  • 25. Downtown San José

    I see several tips suggesting to avoid San Jose, or only stay there as short a time as possible. But San Jose can be a great destination in itself between trips to the beaches or wilderness areas. It...

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