Provincia de San José Things to Do

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    Gerardo and his 'payasos"
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    Gold Museum
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    Vehicle ramp down to the plaza
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Provincia de San José Things to Do

  • National Theater

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    San José Things to Do

    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) and had lunch there ($12.91 for 2 including tip). I didn't take many photos because everything was shrouded with dust cloths. A photo of the front of...

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  • Tourist Attractions

    Provincia de San José Things to Do

    San Jose province contains the capital of the country of Costa Rica which is also named San Jose San Jose is often disrespected by travel agents who say not to spend time in San Jose. It is a big city and has some big city problems, but it also there are lovely parks, interesting and educational museums, theaters, sculptures, architecture and the...

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  • Museo Nacional

    4 out of 5 stars

    San José Things to Do

    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 the old Army headquarters. It's a Spanish-style courtyard building filled with displays of Costa Rican history and culture from pre-Columbian times up...

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  • Hard Rock Cafe

    Provincia de San José Things to Do

    I'm not a fan of dining at the Hard Rock Café but I do collect pins and shirts. Hard Rock Café can be found at many major cities all over the world. This makes it a challenge for me to find them and collect pins and shirts. I have many of them as you can see from my collection. This one is not in the heart of town so I plan to visit it before...

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  • Jade Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    San José Things to Do

    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 B.C. to 900 A.D. Not just jade but other aspects of life. This museum might be best visited before the Gold Museum which starts at about 900 A.D. All...

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  • Central Market

    Provincia de San José Things to Do

    Most major cities have a "central market" and San Jose has a popular one. It's amazing what is sold inside this place. However, I am most intrigued with the food. You can see more pics on my travelogue.

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  • Museo de Oro - Gold Museum

    San José Things to Do

    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 got to the Gold Museum and went down the ramp to the Plaza of Culture - arriving about 9:05. And it wasn't open. The internet had said 9:00, but the...

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  • Volcan Irazu National Park

    Provincia de San José Things to Do

    Volcan Irazu National Park : Not far from San Jose, you can drive there then as you get closer to the top you have to walk the rest of the way. It's well worth the small hike to the top. The views are wonderful and you're on top of the clouds! You can actually walk around the craters and look inside. On a clear day you're supposed to be able to see...

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  • Mercados - Markets

    4 out of 5 stars

    San José Things to Do

    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 shopping here. I was trying to buy a creche but couldn't figure out the Spanish for that. I didn't want a ceramic one because I figured (correctly)...

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  • Braulio Carrillo National Park

    Provincia de San José Things to Do

    Braulio Carrillo National Park is a National Park which is partly in San José Province, in central Costa Rica It is part of the Central Volcanic Conservation Area. But the main part of it is in Heredia Province There is a main highway (Guapiles) from San Jose (Route 32) that winds its way through the park. In fact, the park was formed in 1978...

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  • Catedral Metropolitana

    4 out of 5 stars

    San José Things to Do

    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 Carrara (Italy) marble piece was sculpted by Jorge Jiménez Deredia. It was placed on the north end of the Metropolitan Cathedral on September 30,...

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  • Parque Francisco Morazán

    San José Things to Do

    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 up, but I never had the time or the energy. So all I have is the photos. The park is named for Francisco Morazán, the 19th-century general who...

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  • City Parks

    San José Things to Do

    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 parks were: concerts (variety of music too), dancing lessons, public board games (chess/checkers/etc), and people just hanging out.

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  • Views of the City

    San José Things to Do

    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 the museum, with the other part being about history of Costa Rica, ancient practices, and historical facts. This was my first experience with the old...

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  • Parque España

    San José Things to Do

    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 the INS building which housed the Jade Museum (until the Jade Museum got its own building), the metal building (which is a school) and Jardin de Paz...

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  • Plaza de la Cultura

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    San José Things to Do

    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, so I will leave a space for it. Apparently the PTB decided that San Jose needed more open space so they decided to take down the buildings around the...

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  • Pedestrian Mall - Avenida Central

    San José Things to Do

    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 big Post Office, a plaza filled with pigeons and kids feeding them, and many shopping stores. Pedestrian only streets are always a draw, and I always...

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  • Relax

    San José Things to Do

    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 people watch, eat snacks and sip refreshing drinks and take respite from the otherwise noisy and busy city.

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  • Museo de Arte Costarricense

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    San José Things to Do

    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 Rica. The guide showed me a photo he took of it on his cell phone. I did not know that the tour would stop for everyone to go in (it is free so it...

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  • Sculpture

    San José Things to Do

    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 named Amsterdam at least....

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  • Correo - Central Post Office

    San José Things to Do

    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 mall. Open 7 am to 9 pm weekdays, Sat. from 8 am to noon.

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  • Plaza Juan Mora Fernandez

    San José Things to Do

    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 people in costume, and some of them were dancing. Some of them were waiting for their turns. I do not know what the occasion was - it was a Sunday. I...

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  • Edificio Metálico

    San José Things to Do

    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 Bermuda. After the big earthquake, in 1890, the Forging Association of Aiseau, Belgium constructed a metal building designed by the architect Charles...

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  • Museo de los Niños

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    San José Things to Do

    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 where children can learn by playing and exploring. In 1994 when it opened, it was the first interactive museum in Central America. HOURS: Tuesday to...

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  • Casa Amarillo

    San José Things to Do

    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 Court of Justice. It was built for the headquarters of the first permanent international court of the world, the Central American Justice Court. This...

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  • Fuerte Bellevista - Fort

    San José Things to Do

    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, historic photos and implements. Bellevista fortress itself has historical significance in itself, once being the headquarters for the military and still...

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  • Cemeterios

    San José Things to Do

    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 for the babies who were born and died on the same day. It does give us a different perspective on life as it is lived in the country. One of the most...

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  • Downtown San José

    San José Things to Do

    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 has great restaurants, bars and hotels, beautiful parks and many wonderful, friendly people. You can get on a city bus route and ride the entire loop...

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  • Sports & Activities

    San José Things to Do

    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, discovered untouched, animal rich rainforests, took a break at waterfalls and enjoyed breathtaking views to the Pacific Ocean. The vacation has been a...

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  • Festivals - Carnival

    San José Things to Do

    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 must have been several thousands... All the people had traditional costumes, people in all ages where particepating with music and dancing (with or...

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  • Beaches, Rain Forests and Volcanoes

    San José Things to Do

    If you travel to Costa Rica, I strongly advise you to participate in any Canopy Tour, especially in Monteverde. It is extremely entertaining and well worth the cost. If you cannot stand extreme sports, or you get motion sickness easily....beware. It is only a zip-line, but can get you sick. Otherwise, go for it! It will be an awesome addition to...

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  • Asamblea Legislativa

    San José Things to Do

    On the east end of Avenida Central, across from the National Museum, are a couple of buildings that make up the legislative assembly for Costa Rica. The eastern most, Castillo Azul, Blue Castle, was built in 1911 by presidential candidate Maximo Fernandez. When he lost in 1914, he lent his home to President elect Alfredo Gonzalez Flores. If you see...

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  • Iglesia la Merced

    4 out of 5 stars

    San José Things to Do

    On my way to buses I passed by this church several times and had a quick look inside. I am not really a church person so it held no special meaning for me. Next to it is a popular Parque la Merced where locals like to spend their spare time chatting with friends.

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  • Centro Nacional de Arte

    San José Things to Do

    A former factory that was converted to a new Center for Arts in San Jose. It includes an unimpressive, modern art museum (most of it was closed when I was there, hence my opinion) but the grounds are worth wandering.

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  • Museo Para La Paz

    San José Things to Do

    Small museum next to the markets across from the run-down Plaza de Democracia. Former Presidente of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias, earned Nobel Peace Prize in 1987. This is here, with some other awards he won, for trying to bring peace to the Central america countries. Also big poster boards of the conflicts and fight for peace of the other countries...

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  • Interamerican Court of Human Rights

    San José Things to Do

    This is an important landmark in the Los Yoses neighbourhood (just south of the San Pedro Mall) of San Jose and an important institution not only for Costa Rica but the Americas. The American Convention of Human Rights helped to establish the Interamerican system of Human Rights which includes a vast number of declarations and conventions signed...

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  • Casinos

    San José Things to Do

    Costa Rica has legal gambling establishments, many of them in San Jose. None of them are very large or glamorous (compared to Las Vegas or even Atlantic City) but they do offer entertainment for those who like to wager. Most clubs only have 10–20 tables and 100-200 slot machines. The tables play Caribbean stud poker, mini baccarat, blackjack,...

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  • Fuente de la Hispanidad

    San José Things to Do

    Heading east on Avenida Central from central San José through Los Yoses, we passed a busy traffic circle with a huge fountain - the Fuente de la Hispanidad (Fountain of the Spanish Speaking World). This local landmark is hard to miss if you are passing through the area. Another fountain by the same name, but with a very different design, can be...

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  • Our Lady of Solitude Church

    San José Things to Do

    Built in 1909 and features stained glass from Switzerland. Seems to sit on a busy roundabout where buses continually drop off and pick up passengers. We rested on the benches across the square from the church but saw no one enter or leave on this Christmas Eve afternoon.

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  • Plaza de la Democracia

    San José Things to Do

    This terraced square was built in 1989 for all the presidents of the Americas. It’s located along Avenida Central and is a nice place to sit and relax. There is a great panoramic vista of the mountains surrounding the city. The walls around the park are pretty destroyed with graffiti, but nonetheless I enjoyed relaxing here under the shades of the...

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  • Poas Volcano

    San José Things to Do

    The Poas Volcano is incredible - like nothing I have ever seen. The crater has steaming fumeroles and a lake that is a milky blue color. The only problem is that it isn´t always visible, so ask locally if it is a ´good´day and get there first thing in the morning. AMAZING!

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  • Zoo

    San José Things to Do

    This proabably the saddest zoo I have ever been to, The enclosures are tiny and not so clean and the animals look really realy bored, I dont know whether you should boycott the place in protest or go in the hope that the more people who support it the better the facilities will become. Cost 1200 colones, about $2.50US, it will only take about an...

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  • Gran Hotel

    San José Things to Do

    Impossible to miss, the Gran Hotel is central to the downtown San Jose experience. With its own Plaza de Juan Mora Fernandez, the hotel offers a wonderful meeting point or rest stop. The plaza is great for people watching and should it rain you can retreat to the archways for cover. Try the café or restaurant or casino.

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  • Spanish Classes

    San José Things to Do

    Spanish lessons at the Montana Linda Spanish School Montaña Linda is a low budget backpacker's youth hostel and a Spanish Language School, with probably the cheapest Spanish Classes around Costa Rica.

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  • Adventure Inn

    We stayed at the Adventure Inn for one night in early September. It was the last day of our visit to...

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