Although most tourists stay in San José for only a night before heading out for adventure in other parts of Costa Rica, Barry and I were there for several days both at the beginning and the end of our trip.
We liked the architecture. Even if a building wasn’t really architecturally special, often the color made it memorable.
Sometimes the building material is unusual like this building that is now a school; the outside is made of metal.
And you never know what might come down the street:
San José parks are great places to watch people, listen to a guitarist, read.
We liked the architectural details and beauty of the buildings.
We enjoyed walking through San José streets.
San José is mainly a city of low-rise buildings – and walking streets.
Costa Rican police cruise up and down the walking streets to run off vendors and buskers – which probably means there aren’t enough jobs for the people who live in San José, but the people we met were friendly and looked happy.
In the days we spent wandering through San José, we had good food, met terrific people, saw good museums, and heard lively music. So when you find yourself in Costa Rica, enjoy San José, the capital city – before running off for adventures in the forests.
Pura Vida, Renée
Both at the beginning and the end of our trip to Costa Rica, we spent several days in San José, the capital – a metropolitan area of about a million people, the political and economic center of the country.
We found wonderful museums.
We enjoyed the wonderful walking streets – and getting to watch people.
We liked the food.
I liked the Downtown Yoga studio, in a 115-year old building of beautiful walls and tiles and great yoga and Pilates instructors.
We liked our AirBnB:
We liked the street art and the energy.
So whether you are an adrenalin-rush adventurer coming to Costa Rica for the white-water rafting, the Superman bungee jumping, and extreme zip lines or an avid bird watcher, don’t use San José as just your transit point. Stay a few days in San José to enjoy the people, the food, and the museums. Then head off to the wilderness.
Pura Vida, Renée