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  • One of San Jose icon locations, The National Theater, and a highlight on all Costa Rica vacations
  • San Jose is typically the starting point of all Costa Rica tours

Located in Costa Rica’s Central Valley, San José is the country’s largest city and serves both as Costa Rica’s capital and as the head of the San José province while on a Costa Rica vacation.

Named in honour of St. Joseph of Nazareth, the city was originally founded in 1737 as the result of an edict from the Catholic Church to allow the many scattered inhabitants of the region a place to concentrate and to worship.  A small village initially, the area’s fertile soil made for excellent farming conditions and with the introduction of coffee to the Central Valley in the 19th century, San José became quite prosperous.  When Spain abandoned its colonial interests in Central America, both San José and Cartago prepared to battle for control with San José being the victor in 1823. 

Despite being an agriculturally based city for much of the 20th century, San José has grown into a modern city that is the centre of political and economic activity in Costa Rica.  It is also a cultural hub hosting some of the finest museums in Central America including the Gold Museum, the Jade Museum and the Costa Rican Art Museum which features an open-air sculpture garden.  San José’s markets are colourful and vibrant and the city offers a sophisticated nightlife when on Costa Rica tours.  It’s central location means that the city is an excellent base from which to explore the rest of this fascinating country.

 


Costa Rica Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to a Costa Rica vacation.

Learn about the history and culture of Costa Rica, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Costa Rica's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Costa Rica for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Costa Rica vacations today!

 

Extend Your Trip

After your Costa Rica tours, why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours. These include a large selection of other exciting countries in Central and South America. We offer Chile vacation packages and Easter Island toursEcuador vacation packages which include Galapagos cruises, Peru vacation packages which include Machu Picchu tours and Brazil tours including Iguassu Falls tours among many others.

 

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San Jose, Costa Rica

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  • Cloud Forest Lodge Monteverde Costa Rica

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    Duration:
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    Prices From:
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    Duration:
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  • Costa Rica Elements: Private

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  • Costa Rica Elements: Self Drive

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  • Costa Rica Getaways

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  • Costa Rica Green

    Whether you travel for wildlife, exhilaration or relaxation, Costa Rica is ready and waiting.
    Duration:
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  • Costa Rica Wonders

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    Duration:
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  • Discover Costa Rica - Small Group Tour

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    Duration:
    15 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,025
    Trip Type:
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  • Essential Costa Rica

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    Duration:
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    US$ 2,098
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  • Hotel El Establo Monteverde

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    Duration:
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    Prices From:
    US$ 471
    Trip Type:
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  • March Break Costa Rica

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    Duration:
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  • Natural Highlights of Costa Rica - Small Group Tour

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    Duration:
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  • San Jose Costa Rica Stopover

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    Duration:
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    Prices From:
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  • San Jose: Pacuare River Rafting Full Day Tour

    Embark on an exciting adventure down the white-water rapids of the Pacuare River. Traversing the 29 kilometres between San Martin and Siquirres, you’ll pass rainforest gorges and cascading waterfalls, giving you a view of Costa Rica’s breathtaking wilderness as well as a heart-pounding adventure.
    Duration:
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    Prices:
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  • Si Como No Resort Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

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    Duration:
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  • Tortuguero Canals: Laguna Lodge

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  • Volcanoes & Beach Holidays

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    Duration:
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