Taste the best Costa Rican coffee in San José
San José is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica; with historic museums, lush tropical forests and an energetic music scene visitors are drawn here year on year. Immerse yourself in the Costa Rican culture and head to one of the city’s beautiful parks. Families, couples and groups of students take lunch and enjoy the jugglers, buskers and singers who perform in the Parque Morazan. Stroll through the Lankester Botanical Garden to see beautiful plant life and intriguing sculptures. Explore the El Pueblo, a shopping mall of several souvenir stalls and boutiques. Relax with a coffee in a local café and try traditional meals such as sopa de pescado and delicious helado de sorbetera ice-cream. At night book tickets to see a show at The National Theatre or The Melico Salazar Theatre; acrobatics, music, dance and contemporary performances enchant audiences every evening.
Take a trip for the most authentic cup of coffee you’ll ever taste. Explore museums, parks and rainforests or enjoy the shops and stylish restaurants when staying in San José. A vibrant nightlife of clubs and bars will encourage you to party until dawn.
When To Go?
San José forms part of a tropical rainforest which reflects the city’s climate; however its elevation means it experiences overall mild temperatures. May through to November is considered the rainy season so be sure to have waterproof clothing. The rain showers can be heavy and last for a prolonged period. March and April are two of the hottest months with average temperatures of 29°C. Tourists tend to travel to San José for the favourable weather.
How To Get There?
San José is served by Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) located in Alajuela about 20km (approximately 12 miles) from the city centre. Direct flights from Frankfurt and Madrid provide a one stop connection to the Costa Rican capital. Continental Airlines provides indirect flights from the UK via New York. A bus service operates from outside the airport terminal taking passengers into the city centre.
A trip to San José would not be complete without learning about the ancient Latin American civilizations. Take a tour of the Gold Museum to see genuine artefacts from thousands of years ago. The city is positioned on the edge of a large rainforest; hike the trails into the tropical landscape to see areas of natural beauty such as La Paz Waterfalls. Bus trips to the coffee farms leave San José city centre daily - join a group and learn about the art of gourmet coffee.