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Did you know that 340,000 people reside in this part of Central Valley? You're bound to have some new BFFs by the time your trip is up!
It's located around 14 kilometres from Tarbaca and about 17 kilometres from Palmichal.
If you're holidaying with the entire family, trips to Spirogyra Jardin de Mariposas and the Doka Estate will no doubt put huge smiles on everyone's faces! If that isn't enough to wear the kids out, why not visit Amusement Park San Jose or ARA Project as well?
Come and see the animals, big and small, that call the Zoo Ave and the Simon Bolivar Zoo home. You can also immerse yourself in the world of wildlife at the Parque Zoológico Nacional Simón Bolívar and the World of Snakes.
If you'd like to learn about the local flora, make your way over to the INBio Park. Alternatively, spend a few hours exploring the winding pathways and taking in the variety of local plant and flowers at the Jardín Botánico Else Kientzler.
If you want to get away from the commotion of the city, plan a visit to one of the city's green spots like Parque Nacional or Central Park. Also consider spending a leisurely day enjoying the grounds of Peace Park and Sabana Park.
Among the amazing natural sights in San Jose is La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Its cascading waters won't disappoint.
You probably already know about its best shopping centres and squares, but don't forget that San Jose has some remarkable nature reserves too. Chirripo National Park and Tortuga Island are two to think about. For those who haven't quite had their fix, Las Cataratas de Los Chorros and Poas National Park are two more worth checking out.
If you're seeking to learn a new thing or two or even just escape a rainy day, the Gold Museum and the National Museum should be on your list. Enquire about guided tours or study the eye-opening displays at your own pace. Looking for more? Also head to the Precolumbian Gold Museum and the Pre-Colombian Gold Museum.
You'll find all sorts of specimens and artifacts from the natural world at the Jade Museum and the Museo La Salle. To discover more of our planet's many treasures, continue on to the Museo de Ciencias Naturales La Salle and the Museo de Insectos.
Whatever type of art you enjoy, you'll find it in San Jose. Why not kick off your day of art admiring at the Museum of Costa Rican Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design? Also check to see what exhibitions are on at the Jacob Karpio Galería and the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo.
The best way to understand what's happening in the present is to delve into the past. Discover what's made this city the place it is today at the Museo Juan Santamaría and the Museo Homenaje Joaquín García Monge.
A visit to the Casa de la Cultura and the Estación del Ferrocarril de Costa Rica is an excellent way to get some insight into the local history.
Make sure you take a few minutes to make the short journey across Rock Bridge. This timeless crossing has proudly stretched over the water for what feels like forever, adding a touch of classical charm to San Jose.
Pay a visit to El Fortín and learn about the importance of this fortified position. Built to withstand enemy attack, it's easy to imagine the tumultuous events that transpired on the ground you're walking!
Fascinated by religion? Discover the region's relationship with faith at San Jose Cathedral and Alajuela Cathedral. Many spiritual travellers also spend some time at Aguas Zarcas Church and Church of Puriscal.
You'll probably think there's nothing else to do after exploring San Jose's main attractions, but don't be too sure. There are still a few things which are worth a look. Why not spend some time at the Cariari Country Club and Colinas del Poas? Asamblea Legislativa and Casa Amarilla are two more options to consider.
Keen to climb under the covers (and perhaps get acquainted with the mini bar) at your San Jose hotel? No worries. There are more than 116 places to crash on lastminute.com.au.
No matter how you like to roll, there's a room for you in San Jose. For accommodation that won't break the bank, book in at either the Hostel Toruma (Central Avenue, between 29th & 31st St) or the Hotel Ambassador (26th And 28th S Paseo Colon). Or perhaps you'd rather live like royalty at the Real InterContinental Costa Rica at Multiplaza Mall? The Hotel Grano de Oro is yet another popular choice for those who can't say no to the finer things in life.
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