San Jose

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  • 1. Museo del Jade


    San José's starkly modern Jade Museum displays the world's largest collection of the green gemstone. The holdings log in at 5,000-plus pieces...Read More

  • 2. Museo del Oro Precolombino


    This dazzling, modern museum in a three-story underground structure beneath the Plaza de la Cultura contains Central America's largest collection...Read More

  • 3. Teatro Nacional

    Arts/Performance Venue

    The National Theater is Costa Rica at its most enchanting. Chagrined that touring prima donna Adelina Patti bypassed San José in 1890 for lack...Read More

  • 4. Barrio Chino


    We should get one thing straight about the capital's Chinatown: San José is not San Francisco. But the Chinese government has financed the...Read More

  • 5. Catedral Metropolitana

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1871 and completely refurbished in the late 1990s to repair earthquake damage, the neoclassical cathedral, topped by a corrugated tin...Read More

  • 6. Centro Nacional de la Cultura

    Arts/Performance Venue

    Rather than tear it down, the Ministry of Culture converted the sloped-surface, double-block 1853 Fábrica Nacional de Licores (National Liquor...Read More

  • 7. Correos de Costa Rica

    Government Building

    The handsome, carved exterior of the post office, dating from 1917, is hard to miss among the bland buildings surrounding it. The lobby and...Read More

  • 8. Estatua de John Lennon


    A whimsical statue of John Lennon sits on a small, slightly out-of-the-way plaza across from La Soledad church. Sculptor José Ramón Villa's...Read More

  • 9. Jardín de Mariposas Spyrogyra

    Barrio Tournón | Zoo/Aquarium

    Spending an hour or two at this magical butterfly garden is entertaining and educational for nature lovers of all ages. Self-guided tours enlighten...Read More

  • 10. Mercado Central


    This block-long melting pot is a warren of dark, narrow passages flanked by stalls packed with spices (some purported to have medicinal value...Read More

  • 11. Museo de Arte Costarricense

    Paseo Colón | Museum/Gallery

    Located in La Sabana Park, which was once Costa Rica's international airport, this—the country's foremost art museum—was once its terminal and...Read More

  • 12. Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo


    This wonderfully minimalist space is perfect as the country's premier modern-art venue. The MADC, as it's known around town, hosts changing...Read More

  • 13. Museo de los Niños

    Barrio Tournón | Museum/Gallery

    Three halls of this museum are filled with eye-catching seasonal exhibits for kids, ranging in subject from local ecology to outer space. The...Read More

  • 14. Museo Nacional


    In the mango-color Bellavista Fortress, which dates from 1870, the museum gives you a quick and insightful lesson in English and Spanish on...Read More

  • 15. Parque Central


    At the city's nucleus, the tree-shaded Central Park is more plaza than park. A life-size bronze statue of a street sweeper ( El Barrendero ...Read More

  • 16. Parque España


    This shady little park is a favorite spot. A bronze statue of Costa Rica's Spanish founder, Juan Vásquez de Coronado, overlooks an elevated...Read More

  • 17. Parque La Sabana

    Paseo Colón | Park/Playground

    Though it isn't centrally located, La Sabana ("the savannah") comes the closest of San José's green spaces to achieving the same function and...Read More

  • 18. Parque Morazán


    Anchored by the 1920 Templo de Música (Temple of Music), a neoclassical bandstand that has become the symbol of the city, downtown's largest...Read More

  • 19. Parque Nacional


    A bronze monument commemorating Central America's battles against North American invader William Walker in 1856 forms the centerpiece of the...Read More

  • 20. Plaza de la Cultura


    The crowds of people, vendors, and street entertainers at the plaza—it's a favored spot for marimba bands, clowns, jugglers, and colorfully...Read More

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