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San Jose

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Introduction

Often called the cultural heart of Costa Rica, the charm of San Jose reveals itself as you wander the city streets; passing suddenly from the grand shopping districts of the modern city into ramshackle neighbourhoods more typical of Latin America.

San Jose, due to its central location and excellent transport infrastructure, is generally viewed as a hub rather than a holiday destination in its own right. Most visitors only stay a few nights, flocking to the bustling downtown region where the Plaza de la Cultura is a perfect spot for watching the locals go about their daily business.

While enjoying downtown San Jose pay a visit to the Gold Museum, home to one of the finest exhibits of pre-Columbian gold in Central America, or climb up through the nearby cloud forest, over long-solidified lava flows, to reach the lunar landscape of the Irazu Crater.

Top itineraries in San Jose

Costa Rica Classic

13-day tailor-made journey from £2,910 pp incl. flights

Costa Rica is a land of spectacular volcanoes, wildlife-filled cloud forests, fast-flowing jungle rivers and tropical jungles. Explore its natural-world highlights in Arenal and Monteverde before kicking back on the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park or Guanacaste.

Costa Rica: Sarapiqui and the Osa Peninsula

11-day tailor-made journey from £3,535 pp incl. flights

Let expert guides introduce you to two Costa Rican gems – the rainforest of Sarapiqui and towering Arenal Volcano. You'll then enjoy a full-board stay at the Lapa Rios Ecolodge, hidden among the wildlife-filled rainforests of the Osa Peninsula.

Costa Rica Self-Drive

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,810 pp incl. flights

Travel passed farmlands, forests, lakes and volcanoes to Arenal, the cloud forests of Monteverde and the wildlife of the Palo Verde and Rincón de la Vieja National Parks. Top it all off with a relaxing stay on the palm-fringed bays of Guanacaste on Costa Rica's North Pacific Coast.

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Top places to stay in San Jose

Hotel Grano de Oro

Traditional hotel

A hidden gem in the metropolitan bustle of San José, this boutique hotel features opulent rooms, an intimate dining area and stunning courtyard with a jacuzzi deck.

Finca Rosa Blanca, nr San José

Contemporary eco-accommodation

This charming eco-lodge on a sustainable coffee plantation offers warm hospitality with a touch of luxury, as well as the chance to explore the surrounding plantations.

Gran Hotel, San Jose

Historic hotel

This spectacular building in the centre of the city is a historic gem and part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, designed to represent the history and spirit of the country in which they reside.

Costa Rica Marriott Hotel, San Jose

Contemporary hacienda

A gateway to the epic Poas stratovolcano and the endless coffee farms of Costa Rica, the colonial-style Marriott San Jose is wonderfully situated within a 30-acre coffee plantation. Enjoy hacienda-style architecture, luxurious rooms and a wealth of amenities, from cosy restaurants to a luxury spa.

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When to go to San Jose

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British Airways Announce New Routes for 2016

British Airways has launched a raft of new routes from the UK, including direct flights to Lima, Peru and San Jose, Costa Rica. Many of our top recommendations for 2016 have become more accessible than ever.

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