The final cease on our Costa Rica trip, we spent 24 hours within the capital metropolis of San José. Researching San José earlier than our journey, we realized the essence of the town may simply be completed in a day or two and this was our real-life expertise.
After checking into our room on the Resort Colonial and paying to park our rental automotive in paid in a single day lot we ventured out on foot by means of the downtown enterprise district within the route of the Merado Central (Central Market).
TIP: Outdoors of a handful of eating places and bars, San Jose shops and retailers roll down their doorways and put out their rubbish on the finish of the working day.
TIP: In case you plan to drive in Costa Rica, learn this story first.
Situated on Avenida Central, a bustling hub of tourism and commerce, the Mercado Central is an indoor market full of distributors in stalls promoting produce, meat, espresso, clothes, souvenirs, herbs, and eating places.
Meander by means of the slender isles, excellent for folks watching and getting a really feel for the tradition. Get pleasure from conventional delicacies like rice and beans or soup and plantains at one of many intimate meals counters. That is really an expertise you received’t wish to miss.
Simón Bolívar Zoo and Botanical Backyard
A stone’s throw from the downtown San José banking district, the Simón BolÍvar Zoo and Botanical Backyard is an city sanctuary. That includes crocodiles, parrots, sloths, and the world’s luckiest raccoon, a household may simply spend an hour and a half on the trail circumnavigating the reveals and enclosures.
In case you go, plan to go away time for a go to to the Spirogyra Butterfly Backyard positioned close by on the north facet of the Río Torres (River Torres) that divides the 2 complimentary points of interest.
Nationwide Museum of Costa Rica
Most of the tales we learn instructed the Nationwide Museum of Costa Rica as a method to study concerning the nation’s army and pre-Columbian historical past. Artifacts vary from archaeological findings and artifacts to noteworthy reveals on the nation’s geology and anthropology. The courtyard, positioned within the Bellavista Fortress close to the Legislative Meeting constructing can also be a great place for a picnic or a relaxation.
Ebook Your Keep
We deliberately booked a room on the Resort Colonial based mostly on proximity to those downtown points of interest and for its genuine “outdated world” colonial environment. Our room was clear and spacious and we loved folks watching from the second-story avenue stage balcony.
Ebook your room utilizing the hyperlink above or discover a location in San Jose that fits your journey wants and preferences on this interactive map. Glad Trails!