San Jose

San Jose, Costa Rica

While not the oldest province or city in Costa Rica, San Jose is now the most populous. It is the commercial, industrial, and residential capital of the country. A common sentiment is that if something can’t be accomplished in San Jose, it can’t be done in Costa Rica. A vibrant city with all the amenities, San Jose is a popular destination for visitors of all types and origins.

The first town in what is now the province of San Jose was Garcimuñoz, which was founded by the Spanish. In 1751 a small church was established and dedicated to San Jose, which is how the area got its name. Costa Rica’s first civil war between Republicans and Imperialists ended in victory for the Republicans and it was then in 1823 that the city of San Jose became the permanent capital of Costa Rica.

The province of San Jose spans two main valleys: the Central Valley and Valley de El General. In between there are steep mountain ranges, volcanoes, and in general a very diverse geography. This creates several microclimates. In the city of San Jose to the north in the Central Valley it is rainy for the majority of the year with a cool climate thanks to an average elevation of over 1,000 meters above sea level. The south of the province is dominated by a humid tropical climate.

The province of San Jose is the center for a vast array of economic activities and ways of life. Agriculture and industry are very prevalent. However, as with any location in Costa Rica pristine wilderness is never very far away. Just the same there are innumerable modern trappings like restaurants, clubs, hotels, theaters, galleries, cinemas, stadiums, malls, and more as one would expect in a global metropolis.

In addition to all the National Parks located in the Province, places like the Children’s Museum, National Theatre, and Gold Museum, attract tourists on their way to Costa Rica’s incredibly popular beaches.

San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica

Terraza Restaurante at Hotel Granodeoro, San Jose, Costa Rica

Terraza Restaurante at Hotel Granodeoro, San Jose, Costa Rica

Teatro Nacional San Jose Costa Rica

Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica night image

San Jose, Costa Rica