Costa Rica

Costa Rica: 10 reasons to visit San Jose

  1. To look for these big and beautiful ladies.

2. To see Back to School sales in……..January.

3. To visit The National Theatre, the pride and cultural symbol of the nation. Everything here was brought from Europe and made by European artists.

4. To visit San Jose’s very interesting museums, learn about the country’s history and see Costa Rican pre-Columbian art.

In my opinion, the most interesting is the Museo de Jade Marco Fidel Tristan (the Jade Museum). The architecture of the building is very interesting because it is supposed to look like a stone containing a vein of jade. It was designed by Diego Van der Laat.

5. To taste local fruits and vegetables:

Rose apples:

6. Listen to concerts offered by street musicians.

7, Buy souvenirs made by indigenous artists. Costa Rica has eight indigenous groups.

8. Buy coffee and local pastries in a bakery. San Jose has many of them. The most popular pastries are trenzas:

9. Stop in one of the many squares to observe local people:

I asked this sweet family if I can take a picture of them. They were celebrating their little girl’s fifth birthday.

10. Learn about important historic events while eating lunch in one of San Jose’s very popular restaurants: Café Histórico don Juanito

My meal is called Tortilla de Doña Inés. 

Walk around as much as you can, don’t be afraid. There is security everywhere. All day, there are police cars on every corner in the centre of the city.

The panel on the left has a safety button, if something is wrong, you can call police this way.

I hope you enjoyed visiting San Jose and Costa Rica with me. It’s easy to fall in love with this country. Thank you for traveling with me and thank you for all the comments. Pura vida!


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  1. Liz Maple
    January 16, 2020 at 6:28 pm — Reply

    Mother wonderful trip and blog.
    Thanks, Joanna!

  2. Liz Maple
    January 16, 2020 at 6:30 pm — Reply

    That should have said
    ‘Another wonderful trip……’
    (Not Mother!)

    • January 17, 2020 at 8:43 pm — Reply

      Great to hear from you Liz, you are right, another great trip! Thank you for traveling with me!

  3. Bozena Stoch
    January 16, 2020 at 7:03 pm — Reply

    Chyba szkoda bedzie wyjezdzac z Kostaryki. Super miejsce. Dzieki Asia za historie i zdjecia.

    • January 17, 2020 at 8:41 pm — Reply

      Dziekuje Bozenko, szkoda wyjezdzac. Ale dla nas nie jest ona tak daleko, dla Europejczykow to jest daleko i duza zmiana czasu. Tak wiec zawsze mozna tam wrocic. Pura vida!

  4. Angie
    January 16, 2020 at 8:33 pm — Reply

    Looks like it was a wonderful trip.

    Pura vida is one of the most popular sayings in Puerto Rico, yes?

    • January 17, 2020 at 8:38 pm — Reply

      In Costa Rica they say Pura Vida for goodbye, hello, you are welcome, etc.

  5. Christina Kocsis
    January 18, 2020 at 5:35 pm — Reply

    Amazing blog Joanna! Love the top 10’format! Too bad you couldn’t bring home
    Those delicious looking foods!


    • January 18, 2020 at 8:44 pm — Reply

      Thank you Christina! I am glad you enjoyed visiting Costa Rica with me! See you very soon!

  6. February 23, 2020 at 4:54 am — Reply

    I pasted the pic on WhatsApp Your site is great.

    • March 9, 2020 at 9:21 pm — Reply

      Thank you Ted!
      Good to hear from you!

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