San José is the gateway to Costa Rica. Located on a plateau and surrounded by the beautiful greenery for which the country is so famous. The city is the ideal starting point for a trip through this Latin American country. Over the years, the city has changed dramatically from a city of agriculture to a free cosmopolitan city. The city is crammed with modern office buildings and shopping centers and there are only a few small enclaves with well-preserved architecture in the city.
San Jose is often the starting point for travelers who wish to explore Costa Rica. The airport is located on a 20 minute drive from the city center.
British Airways is one of the airlines that offers direct flights from London to San Jose. This makes it an interesting airline company for European travelers.
Travelers from the American continent can use American Airlines to fly directly to San Jose. They offer flights to San Jose from a wide range of US cities.
From New York, San Jose can be reached with a direct flight in 5 hours, 20 minutes. Bogota also has good direct connections with several other cities in the US. London on the other hand can be reached in 10 hours, 43 minutes.
San José has a number of good museums, of which the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum is by far the most interesting. Fairly well hidden under the central Plaza de la Cultura you will find this fascinating museum with a wealth of information about the gold trade in Costa Rica. The extensive exhibitions provide insight into the history of gold and tell the unique story of all those small works of art.
If you like colorful Latin American markets, then you should definitely take a look at the Mercado Central. This large covered market hall is packed with small stalls selling everything. From coffee beans to local spices and from cheap clothing to souvenirs. You can eat well locally and wander endlessly between all the stalls, but for really nice souvenirs you better go to the Mercado Nacional de Artesanías.
One of the most serene spots in San José is the Spirogyra Butterfly Garden. This garden full of tropical and special butterflies is located in the last real piece of nature in the city, and aims to teach people about butterflies and their role in nature. A wonderful place to walk around, view butterflies and enjoy peace and nature.
Costa Rica is one of the most eco-friendly tourist destinations with several eco resorts. In San Jose this is no different as you find several eco hotels to stay in.