- Eating out After traveling around Costa Rica eating mostly rice and beans and chicken, San José's varied restaurants offer a welcome change of pace.
- Gold and Jade museums For a sense of indigenous Costa Rica, frequently forgotten during the nation's march to modernity, the country's two best museums are must-sees.
- Historic Barrios Amón and Otoya These northern neighborhoods abutting and sometimes overlapping downtown have tree-lined streets and century-old houses turned trendy hotels and restaurants.
- Location, location, location From the capital's pivotal position, you can be on a coffee tour, at the base of a giant volcano, or riding river rapids in an hour or less.
- Shopping San José is the best place to stock up on both essentials and souvenirs. Look for leather-and-wood rocking chairs, ceramics, textiles, and, of course, wonderful coffee.
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