San José is the capital city of the country and bears the same name as the province. It is the political and administrative centre of Costa Rica and its infrastructure is well suited for tourism.
San José has buildings that represent a true architectural heritage. Amongst them we can mention the National Theatre, the former Bellavista Headquarters (now National Museum), the Colegio de Señoritas (all-girls high school), the Edificio Metálico (Metal Building) (near the Parque Morazán), the Railway Museum (in front of the old station to the Atlantic) and the Central Post Office building.
Located under the Plaza de la Cultura, this museum offers a fine view of Brunca Indian’s gold art and explains the different techniques used to work in gold. You can also find stone and ceramic objects.
Located in the old central jail in San José. The prison was converted into a museum and the visitor can now find didactic and interactive exhibits on different issues such as the rights of children, the universe, science, environment and life in the city.
Located opposite the Plaza de la Democracia and to the side of the Legislature, the National Museum presents a comprehensive tour of the history, society and culture of Costa Rica. Visitors can see collections of pre-Columbian, colonial and recent history. The Museum is located in the former Bellavista Headquarters, where the army was officially abolished in 1948 by José Figueres Ferrer after the Civil War.
Street 17, Central and Second Avenues, on the east side of Plaza de la Democracia, San José.
Tel: +506 2257.1433
Around San José
Thanks to its location in the Central Valley, from San José you can visit in one day many other sites of interest such as the La Cangreja National Park, Los Quetzales National Park, the Turrubares area, the Poás volcano (Alajuela province), the Irazú volcano and Orosi Valley (both in the province of Cartago).