The capital of Costa Rica, San Jose is located in the heart of the Meseta Central or Central Valley. Sitting in the northern region of San Jose province, San Jose sits right in the center of Costa Rica. This central location therefore, allows the capital to have direct access routes to all parts of the country.
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With a pleasant climate and temperate weather, San Jose province enjoys mild to moderate temperatures throughout the year, hovering around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This near perfect weather thus makes the San Jose province one of the most populated in Costa Rica. Today thousands of visitors seek out the Central Highlands, where coffee-covered mountains lead into a lush green valley.
North of the province lies the beautiful Parque Nacional Carara, while to the south sits the lovely Reserva Forestal Los Santos and the amazing Parque Nacional Chirripó. Some other wonderful cities worth visiting in the San Jose area include, San Gerardo de Dota, San Ignacio, Santa Maria de Dota and San Isidro. All these cities have one thing in common - picturesque natural surroundings.
Today, tourists can find a multitude of organized tours available from San Jose. However, for a more personalized trip, rental cars are ideal. A rental car gives you the freedom to not only stop and take in the wonderful landscape, but also gives you the opportunity to click some extra snapshots and soak up the local flavor. Do keep in mind though that the roads here are sometimes squeezed and potholed, while in some places smaller vehicles may find it hard to climb hills.
Accommodations in the San Jose Region are not a problem, as everything of interest is within a three hour drive of San Jose. Don’t worry about countryside lodgings, as there are plenty of wonderful hotels and hostelries in San Jose City.
Choose an Area in San Jose:
San Jose Metro (w/ Airport Area)
San Jose Highlands
Central Pacific (w/ Manuel Antonio)
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