San Jose, Costa Rica – Sights

San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica, and is the headquarters of the administration. It is also a hub for culture and commerce. The city is placed at the center of the GAM or the Gran Area Metropolitana in a table land of the Central Valley of Costa Rica. The city is surrounded by verdant green mountains and valleys.

San Jose enjoys comparatively warm temperatures that ranges from 70 to 80 degree Fahrenheit. The warm climate most times of the year provides some well needed respite from the cold climate in temperate regions. Most tourists appreciate this. The south regions of San Jose stretch into rainforests and rural areas that Costa Rica is well renowned for. The Talamanca Mountain Ranges are located at the south.

The city of San Jose, Costa Rica, is home to numerous excellent museums, hotels, restaurants, embassies and numerous shops. There is the Universidad de Costa Rica as well located here.

San Jose has a number of fascinating sights and attractions. The Museo Oro Precolombino or the Gold Museum is home to more than sixteen hundred gold artifacts that are as old as 500 AD to 1500 AD.

The Botos Lagoon and Poas Volcano is situated within the National Park, which is located quite close to San Jose. The Poas Volcano has an active status, and has thickly forested areas surrounding its crater. This is one of the most popular attractions in the city.

Also visit the Insect Museum, located within the Universidad de Costa Rica, which houses a huge collection of insects and bugs of exotic varieties. There is a short but informative guided tour available here.

If you are a theater lover, visit the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, or the National Theater of Costa Rica, and the Cathedral and the Meloco Salazar Theater. There are operas, concerts and other cultural presentations held here.

Nature lovers can visit the Lankester Botanical Gardens, located at the boundaries of the city. The Pueblo Antigo is a famous theme park in San Jose.