San Jose is both the capital and the largest city of Costa Rica. It is a popular destination among tourists because of its proximity to several other cities (Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago) as well as its own local tourist attractions. The city’s name is derived from its patron saint, St. Joseph as the climate seems to be blessed by him. The city lies at a considerable distance above sea level thus ensuring a stable climate that is cool and breezy the whole year round. The average temperatures in this city range between 15 to 30 degrees Celsius with a humidity of 68%. The weather is almost always sunny with a few scattered rain showers at the end of the day.
San Jose is often used both as a transitory and ultimate destination. This means that there are travelers who may sometimes stay the night here, in the capital city to wait for another means of transportation deep into the country. There are also times when the itinerary is just sightseeing within the city proper. Whatever may be the reason for the visit, San Jose never ceases to delight tourists with its many features and activities.
There are many places that warrant interest and awe in San Jose. To name a few, there is the ‘Cerro de la Muerte’ which is a 50 kilometer stretch highway that features most of the country’s flora and fauna. There is also the Los Cusingos Neotropical Bird Sanctuary which is a small private farm converted into a national attraction. Next on the list is the El Rodeo Forest Reserve with its of 400 hectares of land that is scattered into little property sizes. There is also the Simon Bolivar National Geological Park which provides a sneak peek of the animals that are indigenous to Costa Rica. Lastly, there are several museums and theatres available for tourists to visit. Marvel at Costa Rica’s rich history or learn much about local animal life and vegetation.