Things to do in the Capital of Costa Rica – San Jose

San-Jose-Costa-RicaThings to do in San Jose, Costa Rica

Some people still don’t know ,What is the capital of Costa Rica ?The answer is San Jose!  The Costa Rican capital of San Jose is truly a feast for the eyes. Its historic buildings and modern edifices make the city one of the best tourist destinations in South America. Here are the things you ought to do in beautiful San Jose.

Visit museums

San Jose museum

In 2006, San Jose was named as the Ibero-American Center of Culture. And why not? It’s home to a number of prestigious museums. If you want to take a historic stroll of pre-historic San Jose, then you need to visit the Museo Nacional, home of religious art, colonial furniture, and other ancient artifacts.

At Museo de Jade, you can witness the biggest Jade collection in all of South America. Apart from centuries-old Jade, precious gems, gold miniatures and pre-Columbian ceramics can also be seen in Museo de Jade.

jade mask

In the Costa Rican Art Museum, you can see the numerous artworks of Costa Rican painters and artists. If you want to see over 1500 gold artifacts, then you need to drop by the Museo de Oro Precolombino.

Enjoy a cultural show

San Jose boasts of a colorful culture, and the best way to experience it is to watch a show at the capital’s major theatres.  For theatre and live shows, visit Teatro Nacional, built in 1897. Apart from being a major hub for cultural shows, the Teatro is an architectural marvel brimming with neoclassical designs.

For wonderful art, theatre or dance shows, head to Centro Nacional de Arte Y Cultura, where admission is free every Monday.

Roam at parks and gardens

Visiting San Jose’s parks and gardens is a beautiful and inexpensive way to enjoy the capital’s scenery. One place to visit is the Parque Nacional, where you can enjoy a picnic with your family and friends.


At the La Paz Waterfall outside San Jose you can see beautiful waterfalls, exotic wildlife, and lush greeneries. You can follow paths and enjoy the amazing sceneries of the South American rainforest. Don’t miss the Hummingbird House and the Butterfly Observatory, where you can interact with gentle flora firsthand.

Another area where you can enjoy more than 30 species of butterflies is the Spirogyra Butterfly Garden. Near the garden is the Bolivar Zoological park where your kids can witness exotic wildlife.

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Don’t forget to drop by the Parque Nacional Volacan Arenal, home to the young Arenal Volcano. Considered as one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world, Arenal is best viewed during the nighttime, where you can see the bright lava dancing in the crater.