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Costa Rica’s Capital San Jose
Since Caravan’s Costa Rica tours from San Jose begin and end in the nation’s capital we thought it might be good to offer a little background about Chepe, as the local Costa Ricans like to call it.
The following San Jose Costa Rica facts and information is provided to help our Costa Rica tour guests get the most out of this unique Central American city.
Quick Facts About San Jose Costa Rica
- San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica (since 1823)
- San Jose Costa Rica is centrally located in San Jose province
- The population of San Jose is approximately 335,000
- San Jose is the largest city in Costa Rica
- San Jose is considered to be one of the safest cities in Latin America
- The elevation of San Jose is 3840 feet above sea level
- San Jose Costa Rica weather is tropical but pleasant
- Average high is 29 degrees and average low is 18 degrees
- San Jose Costa Rica time zone is Central Standard Time
- San Jose translated into English means “Saint Joseph”
Things to Do In San Jose Costa Rica
Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose Costa Rica receives nearly 5 million travellers each year and tourism is this country’s number one industry.
There’s a lot to see and plenty of things to do in San Jose Costa Rica including the National Theatre of Costa Rica. Built in 1897, the National Theatre boasts gold colored ceilings, patterned wood floors and an opulent marble staircase, making it well worth the visit.
In the Plaz de la Cultura there’s also the National Museum of Costa Rica and the pre-Columbian Gold Museum, which houses over 1600 gold artifacts dating back to the sixth century. San Jose is also home to the Jade Museum (Museo de Jade), which houses the world’s largest American jade collection plus gold, ceramic and stonework exhibits.
San Jose Costa Rica has many historic neighborhoods, parks, and museums, and many of the city’s art galleries and restaurants are located in what used to be former colonial mansions. The pedestrian-only Central Avenue is also a popular place to visit.
Day Trips from San Jose Costa Rica
Costa Rica is not a large country and the capital’s central location makes it easy to enjoy a number of day tours from your San Jose hotel. Caravan’s day trips from San Jose Costa Rica include:
- Poas Volcano National Park tour
- Escalonia Cloud Forest Trail hike
- A guided coffee plantation tour
- Braulio Carrillo National Park
- Famous Butterfly Garden tour
- Costa Rica aerial tram canopy tour
San Jose Costa Rica Hotels
At the beginning of Caravan’s all inclusive Costa Rica tour, our guests enjoy a 2-night stay at one of the finest hotels in San Jose.
Depending on the date of the tour guests will stay at either the 5-star Barcelo San Jose Palacio Hotel, located just a mile from the city center and near Braulio Carrillo National Park, or at the upscale Real InterContinental Hotel located in the heart of the city.
At the end of our Costa Rica tour guests will spend their final evening at the Quality Hotel Real San Jose located near the entertainment district.
Visit San Jose On Caravan’s Costa Rica Tour!
Since 1952 Caravan Tours has established itself as one of America’s longest running and most respected tour companies providing all inclusive tours throughout the USA, Canada, and Latin America, including fully guided Costa Rica tours.
Find out more about San Jose Costa Rica and book your Caravan all inclusive Costa Rica tour now.
Why Travel with Caravan?
Why Travel with Caravan?
Excellence Since 1952
You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.
Caravan's Proud History
In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two-hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then, Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.
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