San Jose

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San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, sits on a plateau surrounded by valleys and forested mountains. It's elevation is about 3700 ft above sea level.

The population of San José Canton is 365,799, though the metropolitan area stretches beyond the canton limits and comprises a third of the country's population. San Jose natives are known as Ticos.

San Jose is home to the both the University of Costa Rica and the international airport (SJO).

Because of its elevation San Jose is usually 70 to 80°F (21 to 27°C) though it can get chilly at night. The rainy season is from mid April through December.

The main downtown area is built on a grid, so it's fairly easy to find your way as long as you know where you are going. Taxis are a good way to get around. The fare starts at 570 colones, and is 570 per kilometre. Conversion is about 510 colones per USD. Taxis MUST have a yellow triangle sticker on the front doors with the plate number. This demonstrates that that particular vehicle and the driver are legitimate.

That being said, a walking tour is really the best way to explore downtown, which has lots of eclectic shops and architecture.

A few places to visit: Museo Oro Precolombino (The Gold Museum) Museo del Jade (The jade museum) Museo de los Niños (The children's museum) Museo Nacional(The museum building is an old fort last used during the 1948 revolution, and includes a large butterfly garden and a collection of large stone spheres from the Diquis Valley near the Pacific Ocean).

Costa Rica is well known for it's coffee and hand rolled cigars, so aficionados should definitely indulge.

If you are trying to learn Spanish, San Jose, and the rest of Costa Rica are great places to learn and practice. In addition to conversing with the locals, who often speak some English, there are formal classes at the Universidad and elsewhere.

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Overview of San Jose

Overview of San Jose

San Jose, Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica
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