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Tourist Information about San Jose de Costa Rica

This cosmopolitan and modern city is the capital of Costa Rica.


Located in the center of the country, sprawling across the Central Valley, with a lightly undulating ground, this special city lies at a mean elevation of 1170 meters above sea level and is surrounded by mountain peaks, streams and rich land.


The city's current population is one million. The pleasant weather, with an average temperature that ranges between nineteen and twenty two degrees Celsius, makes the city very inviting. Hence, a large number of tourists visit it yearly.


Not only is San Jose de Costa Rica the country's capital city, but also the main businesses and offices related to domestic trade, political or economic issues are located here.


Therefore, it could be said that this city is historical and natural as well as modern and busy.

Downtown San Jose


Accommodation in San Jose de Costa Rica

Through it is possible to make reservations by phone or on-line for accommodation in Huts, Hotels, Apartments, Apart-Hotels or Resorts located in different spots of the city.

In order to experience an enjoyable and pleasant stay near your area of interest a hotel downtown San Jose can be booked, or in different areas of the locality.

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Accommodation in San Jose


Tours and Excursions in San Jose

A broad array of tourist facilities can be enjoyed in Costa Rica and San Jose, the capital city, is no exception. Some of the country's prime attractions can be found in this place.


What is more, this city is the gateway to the natural beauty and amazing landscapes Costa Rica has to offer.


Moreover, valleys, rainforests with sylvan areas, and beaches with crystal clear water are some of the landscapes that can be found in the stunningly beautiful surroundings of this city.


Findings from a recent research carried out in Latin America revealed that San Jose is one of the region's most safe and less violent cities, what makes this place even more inviting.

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Tamarindo Beach San Jose


History of San Jose

Since this city was originally a stop-by place between the Aserrí and Barva valleys, San Jose's birth was a pretty modest one.


Generally, when settlers founded a city, important celebrations were held, including a mass in the new church, placing the foundation stone in the Town Council and giving the city an official name. However, unlike most cities conquered by colonists, the current capital city of Costa Rica was never founded.


By the XVII century, the province of Costa Rica consisted of two important villages only, namely Cartago (which was founded) and Espíritu Santo de Esparza.


Other villages, such as Aserri, Curridabá, Pacarca and Barva become popular some time later.


A few years later, in 1736, the authorities from the Town Council of Leon decided that a hermitage would be built in Boca del Monte de Curridaba since this place was centrally situated and had easy access for the inhabitants of Aserrí. Two years later the construction was completed.


The authorities of the church issued an order for the inhabitants of Aserri and other villages to move to the new site. Due to problems with lack of water in the area, they refused to follow such order until 1775, when Tomas Lopez del Corral, the Mayor of Catargo, decided to introduce financial penalty and even to impose corporal punishment.


Despite San Jose was never founded and inhabitants refused to move to the area during the first years, this is how the history of this especial city began once the hermitage was built in the Heart of Boca del Monte.

National Theatre San Jose


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