Zapote, San Jose

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The capital city of Costa Rica, San Jose is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Latin America. Located in the fertile Central Valley, this city is a vibrant and colorful place with an exciting nightlife. Jam-packed with tourists who most of the time use this city as an entry point into Costa Rica, San Jose has something on offer for everyone.

There are plenty of hotels and accommodations here to suit every budget, as well as a range of world-class restaurants, lively local markets and some excellent nightclubs, bars and discos. A number of museums can also be found in the city, the most famous of which is the Museo de Jade or Jade Museum that is home to the largest collection of American Jade in the world.

Quiet Residential Area

If you want to be part of San Jose’s bustling scene, downtown San Jose is the place to be with its many stores, markets, shopping malls, cafes and restaurants. However, if you are looking to live in the city, the quiet residential area of Zapote is the place to go. Situated 10 minutes from downtown San Jose by car, this suburb is peaceful and tranquil area ideal for families with children, as there are a number of good schools in the vicinity.

Lying on the San Jose-Cartago Highway, Zapote lies in the south east of the city. A 20-minute ride to the Juan Santamaria International Airport, this suburb has the aura of a small town, and is home to a number of markets including the colorful Zapote Market, which is held every Sunday morning and attracts a number of Ticos from all across town. Also in Zapote is Costa Rica’s Presidential House as well as some key municipal buildings.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this part of the city is in the last week of December after Christmas, when Zapote celebrates the ‘Festejos Populares’, during which time this small suburb transforms itself into one giant party with bullfights, fireworks, dancing, footstalls and rides.