San Jose Points of Interest and Places to Visit

San Jose

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Arenal Volcano National Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 307 Reviews

Although visitors once flocked to Arenal Volcano for its impressive lava shows, the 5,437-foot (1,657-meter) volcano has stayed quiet since its last eruption ...  Read more

San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 119 Reviews

Bountiful produce stalls, local-approved cafeterias, and vendor stalls selling everything from coffee beans to cowboy boots give visitors to San Jose’s ...  Read more

Poas Volcano National Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 86 Reviews

Poas Volcano National Park houses one of the more popular volcanoes in Costa Rica—a telling superlative for a country with world-famous geothermal activity. ...  Read more

Braulio Carrillo National Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 119 Reviews

The vast protected forest of Braulio Carrillo National Park may be divided by one of the nation’s busiest highways, but this just means easy access for ...  Read more

National Museum (Museo Nacional)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 96 Reviews

The National Museum, housed in the barracks of the Bellavista Fortress, has been proudly displaying indigenous and pre-Columbian artifacts, religious artwork ...  Read more

Sarapiqui Canopy

4.5 star rating: Recommended 84 Reviews

You’ve heard all about Costa Rica’s famous biodiversity – and the tropical rainforest Sarapiqui Canopy is the place to experience it first-hand. Home of ...  Read more

Orosi River Valley

4.5 star rating: Recommended 49 Reviews

The thick green forests, fertile coffee plantations and scenic mountains of the Orosi River Valley draw bird watchers, freshwater fishermen and nature lovers ...  Read more

Arenal Hanging Bridges

4.5 star rating: Recommended 45 Reviews

A trip to through the lush rainforests surrounding Arenal Hanging Bridges may be perfect for nature lovers, but it’s not for the faint of heart. That’s because ...  Read more

Gold Museum

4 star rating: Recommended 54 Reviews

More than 1600 pre-Columbian artifacts, including Costa Rica’s very first coin, handmade ceramics and a life-sized warrior, are housed in this museum that was ...  Read more

Jade Museum (Museo de Jade)

4 star rating: Recommended 54 Reviews

The Jade Museum (Museo del Jade) proves to Costa Rica visitors that this small Central American country is as rich in its history and cultural offerings as in ...  Read more

Museo de Los Ninos (Children's Museum)

4 star rating: Recommended 54 Reviews

The Costa Rica Children’s Museum is an interactive fun experience for all the family. Housed in a gaily painted toytown castle, that’s actually a historic ...  Read more

National Theater

4 star rating: Recommended 54 Reviews

Perhaps the most famous (and certainly most prized) public building in all of San Jose, the National Theater of Costa Rica in the city’s Catedral district, is ...  Read more

Sarchi

4 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

The capital of Alajuela province, Sarchi is renowned for its arts and crafts, in particular its decorative oxcarts recalling the heyday of Costa Rica’s ...  Read more

Escazu

4 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Costa Rica is known for its diverse wildlife, breathtaking waterfalls, dense rainforest and endless outdoor adventures. But the Central Valley neighborhood of ...  Read more

Chirripo National Park

Cerro Chirripo, Coast Rica’s highest point, is just one of the attractions that draws wilderness adventurers to what some consider the nation’s wildest park. ...  Read more

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