From the moment you set your foot in San Jose Costa Rica, you’ll immediately feel the city’s rich cultural spirit beckoning you to explore it. There are many exciting things to do in this culturally rich capital. Even if you are just staying in the city for a couple of days, you will be able to see most of the city’s most sought after attractions. Most main attractions in the city are within walking distance of each other. This is helpful to tourists who wish to see as much as possible on a short stay in San Jose.
El Museo Nacional de Costa Rica
El Museo Nacional de Costa Rica is a culturally rich museum of the Costa Rican people. This museum is the most important museum to date. El Museo Nacional de Costa Rica is now in a building that was once used during the Costa Rican civil war. The museum’s violent history is evident by the many visible bullet holes on the walls and structures. El Museo Nacional de Costa Rica is a delightful tourist attraction in San Jose Costa Rica.
Museo de Oro Banco Central
Another museum that is popular is the Museo de Oro Banco Central, or the “Gold Museum”. This museum gets its name from the exhibits that are showcased— gold! The Gold Museum is unique in that you have to travel underground to see it. You don’t have to travel too far, since it’s situated just underneath the Cultural Plaza. The Gold Museum has spectacular displays of pre-Columbian gold. The gold on display here in the Gold Museum is spectacular. Visiting this museum is a definite must for all those who wish to see pure gold up close and personal.
Centro Nacional de Arte y Cultura
The National Center of Art and Culture is the center of San Jose’s art and culture society. The Center of Art and Culture is an enormous expression of creativity of local artists. This particular cultural center sits on enough land to cover a city block. Visitors to the Center of Art and Culture come away with a new appreciation of Costa Rican artists and Costa Rican art all together. The Center also is home to another museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design. The National Center of Art and Culture is definitely a place to visit while in San Jose Costa Rica.
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
The La Paz Waterfall Garden is located right outside of San Jose, towards San Miguel. This is a popular natural spot for tourists. This place is almost like paradise. The waterfall gardens have several natural trails which run alongside the park’s most breathtaking waterfalls. There are many overlooks to provide the park’s visitors with new vantage points of the powerful waterfalls. Plan to visit this natural wonder of Costa Rica while you’re visiting San Jose.
You can enjoy many wonderful attractions on your visit to San Jose. Whether you are looking to do a little shopping at the main plaza or dining at some of the hottest eating spots in the city, San Jose has a little bit of everything for everyone. If your trip to Costa Rica entails cities and sights other than San Jose, be sure to visit some of the mentioned tourist attractions when you depart the plane at the International Airport. Your time in Costa Rica will be enhanced greatly by visiting this culturally rich capital. Fun awaits you in San Jose, Costa Rica!