SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA
founded in 1737, San Jose today has grown into a sprawling metropolis.
Costa Ricaís capital and the largest city in the country, San Jose is
considered to be among the most cosmopolitan cities in all of Latin
America. San Jose represents bustling city, which is nestled inside a
tropical eco-paradise, & surrounded by nine volcanoes,
three of which are very active.
San Jose sits in the center of the country, in the Central Valley, and it's surrounded by gorgeous untouched cloud forests. Serving as a hub to the rest of the country, San Jose is the prefect place to use as a base camp to tour Costa Rica. With the Juan Santamaria International Airport just 20 minutes from downtown San Jose.
Downtown San Jose is the busiest part of town, a maze of streets and avenues. Here you can find most of the cityís museums as well as a number of hotels and plazas. Plenty of restaurants can also be found here, with the Coca Cola Bus Terminal sitting just north of Central Avenue.
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Services, you can find not only good accommodations and hotels, but we
offer insights on the many wonderful museums, bars, restaurants, shopping
centers, colorful markets and a fast paced night life.
Since the downtown area of San Jose is fairly small and because its one of the most frequented parts of the city, do keep in mind that you will come across very heavy traffic here, with lots of noise and congestion. But donít let this deter you, as this part of the city is the heart of San Jose. The streets and avenues are bustling with traffic, so the best way to explore, is by foot.
Visitors often go to the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design inside CENAC or tour the Jade Museum in the Instituto Nacional de Seguros here. If you have kids, a great place to take them would be to the Simon Bolivar National Zoo on Avenue 11 or the Kids Museum on Calle 4. To get up close and personal with the residents of this city, visit the many local mercados or markets such as the Mercado Central on Avenue Central.
Besides touring, there are also a number of language schools in downtown San Jose that can help you speak Spanish more fluently. Very popular and offering good value for money, you can attend intensive language classes for up to five hours a day and at the same time live with a host family that will take care your boarding and lodging. This is an excellent way to not only learn Spanish, but also to understand the Tico culture more intimately.
Please see our study abroad link for more information on exciting educational travel opportunities, all throughout Costa Rica, for both visiting teachers and students alike. It's Pura Vida!