Things to do for History Buffs in San Jose, Costa Rica 

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    Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica

    17 reviews

    Although there isn't a whole lot to do or see in Costa Rica's capital, the Teatro Nacional is a truly exceptional landmark, considered the finest building in the city. The interior is incredibly beautiful and intricately decorated as you may have seen in other European palaces.

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    Ruinas de Ujarrás

    3 reviews

    Nice place if you are looking for a place where you can go for a picnic day, even if you want to go to a restaurant there are many restaurants near the area. There is also a great place if you're interested in history and nature.

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    Museo de los Niños

    5 reviews

    Great place if you have kids or/and if you are interested in history.

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    5 reviews

    This church is best known for the 1635 appearance of the country's patron saint, the Black Virgin. If you are anywhere near San Jose, or passing through Cartago this is a must see location! The Basilica, as it sits on the Plaza Mayor will astound you. From it's architecture outside and in you will be amazed at how amazing it ...

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    8 reviews

    Que calor!

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    Sarchí Village

    5 reviews

    A wide variety of authentic Tico arts and crafts, you might see an oxcart artisan at work. Also the usual assortment of touristy tchotchkes. One-stop shopping for gifts and souvenirs, and accepts US$.

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    Pueblo Antiguo

    4 reviews

    Nice place to go and taste some of Costa Rican culture and history, plus if you're traveling with kids it is a nice choice because it is located in the amusement park.

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    Parque Central - San Jose

    5 reviews

    Nice open green space where there is a lot of movement of people. A good place to walk around and do some people watching. There are also a lot of good options for eating in the surrounding areas

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    Poás Volcano National Park

    16 reviews

    It's 2h-3h from San Jose, and it's an amazing volcano, with a lot of restaurants near it, you can also go hiking on its surroundings.

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    National Museum

    7 reviews

    This museum exposes items from different historical moments of Costa Rican History.

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    Volcán Irazú

    7 reviews

    I like this volcano because it is near San Jose, there is a bus that takes you from downtown to the volcano and in the National Park you can go walking in the forest or just sit beside the crater.

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  • 12

    Parque Nacional

    8 reviews

    Relaxing spot! Green & Peaceful... First important sight of San Jose you see coming from our apartment!

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    Parque Metropolitano La Sabana

    8 reviews

    Nice place to walk around if your budget is short, with lakes and some sports facilities as volleyball field, basketball field and also a skating rink.

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    4 reviews

    The place to go if you are looking for international restaurants,stores, exclusive boutiques, English language bookstores and movies.

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    Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo

    2 reviews

    This is actually the biggest bio-reserve park in the country. Unlike the more popular Costa Rican parks such as Poás and Manuel Antonio, this park is relatively unmaintained and untravelled. It contains three dormant volcanoes and, due to the varied terrain contained within its borders, has the largest biodiversity observed in any of the parks open to the public. Provides ...

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    Ríos Tropicales

    2 reviews

    Rios Tropicales is a first-class rafting outfitter: organized, friendly and nothing but first-class guides & support. Highly recommended!

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    Costa Rica Expeditions

    2 reviews

    Overnight river rafting trip on Pacuare w/ Costa Rica Expeditions. Magical and luxurious.

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    La Amistad National Park

    2 reviews

    Costa Rica is well known for being home to several expansive and lively tropical forest reserves. Various rare flora and fauna abound here in amazing variety. One specific class of creature that has achieved astounding variation in Costa Rica are birds, and La Amistad National Park is perhaps the best place to see them. Of the over 800 variety's of ...

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